The Lakes Golf Club at Ben Eoin offers dramatic elevation changes and spectacular views of the beautiful Bras d’Or Lakes. Conveniently located just 15 minutes west of Sydney on Route 4, The Lakes offers remarkable vistas combined with the latest technology in golf course construction. “The Lakes presents the golfer with eighteen distinct postcard views. Each hole has its own special look. Consequently, the golfer will play with an expectation of what lies ahead or around the next bend. This diversity is a product of both the design and the setting: rock outcrops, long mystical views, crashing streams, grassy meadows and charming golf holes all combine to make golf at The Lakes both exciting and rewarding,” explains course architect Graham Cooke.
Graham Cooke designed, The Lakes Golf Club at Ben Eoin is being developed as a world-class, five-star golf course. Golfers at all levels will enjoy the layout of The Lakes, where Cooke has created a course that will excite and challenge the competitive player, while offering ease of play and generous landing areas for the more recreational golfer.
The course is being constructed on three plateaus. The maximum elevation of 150-feet above sea level will provide beautiful vistas of the rolling hills and waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes.
As a top-ranked golf course architectural firm, Graham Cooke & Associates has produced some of North America and Europe’s most innovative and memorable golf courses. On mainland Nova Scotia, Cooke has designed the Fox Harb’r and Glen Arbour courses. He was also responsible for the restoration of Highlands Links in Ingonish, Cape Breton.
This modest length opening Par 5 meanders gently uphill from tee to green. The deceivingly wide landing area off the tee allows players to work the ball either way. Be sure to choose your club wisely on your approach as this narrow green has three pinning sections and is 40 yards deep.
This gentle dogleg right Par 4 plays with the prevailing winds making it play shorter than its yardage. A brook that dissects the fairway short of the green will gather anything short and left on your approach. The relatively flat green will allow players to make some putts.
This long Par 5 turns back into the prevailing winds with the final 110 yards being steeply uphill. Unreachable in two for most players, this three shot hole requires a careful approach as the narrow green is situated between a rock outcropping on the left, bunker on the right, and a steep false front.
After a steep climb to the 4th tee, the golfer will be rewarded by the first of many panoramic views of the Bras D’Or Lakes and surrounding hills at The Lakes. Gather yourself as the first of five Par 3’s is not long, but anything left will plummet down a steep embankment. Quality shots are rewarded with an inviting green and chipping area.
The first of back-to-back front nine signature holes at The Lakes, this difficult Par 4 will test even the best golfers. A long tee shot negotiating a steeply sloping fairway from right to left is required to allow for a shorter approach shot into this well guarded green. A deep brook winds around the right side of the green and across the approach to gobble up anything short. Missing long is your only out as deep greenside bunkers guard the left of the green.
Arguably the most memorable hole for our members and guests, the sixth hole is a drivable Par 4 from an elevated tee over150 feet above the fairway level. The teeing ground offers some of the best views in Cape Breton and the excitement of watching your tee shot launch against that backdrop is awe-inspiring. The fairway is split by a series of large bunkers and the green is well guarded to provide some defense on this birdie (or eagle) opportunity.
The second of back-to-back driveable Par 4’s for the long hitters offers considerable risk when choosing your shot. Any tee shot left or through the fairway will come to rest in thick fescue grasses that will make par difficult. Most players should play to the wide part of the fairway setting up a short approach to this small green.
This Par 3 plays back into the prevailing winds making it play longer than its moderate length on the scorecard. The pond and bunker features give the illusion of it being shorter so choose your club wisely. Any shot on this small green will give the player a good opportunity to make birdie.
Playing into the prevailing winds and with a lateral hazard running down the left from tee to green, the final hole on the front nine has teeth. The approach into this undulating green should favour short to take advantage of a large chipping area. The challenging green will have some players shaking their heads on the walk to the 10th tee.
This long Par 5 has ample room off the tee but that is where the real fun starts. A brook dissects the fairway at a difficult yardage for most players. A decision of whether to layup short of the brook in a wider section of the fairway but leaving a long approach or to attempt to carry the brook and land in a narrow section of the fairway leaving a short approach looms. A gently sloping green awaits to finish off this strong back nine starting hole.
The first of three Par 3’s on the back nine, the 11th hole boasts a large kidney shape green guarded on the left by a large bunker allowing for some difficult pin positions. Favour the right side on your approach and remember to hit your putts solid as the green slopes from back to front.
A solid Par 4, the 12th hole plays into the prevailing winds and runs gently uphill to the green. A carefully played approach to a small narrow green would be ideal. Par is always a good score here.
This shorter par 4 has a tight landing area off the tee but if you can find the fairway, birdie chances abound. A short approach to a small green completes this downwind hole.
A well placed tee shot short of the brook that zigzags across the fairway will set up a short approach to a small raised green that runs away from the player. Take enough club to fly it all the way as there is a steep bank in front of the green.
The first hole of an exciting Par 3/5/3/5 finish at The Lakes that lends itself to lead changes and drama. The longest of the Par 3’s has a very large green that is much wider than it is deep. A massive bunker guards the middle and right portions of the green.
This uphill Par 5 is reachable for the long hitter. Players must drive the ball between two brooks that divide the fairway. Most players’ second shots should cross the second brook to find a generous fairway to play the uphill approach to a small, undulating green
A truly great short Par 3. With five tees of not only varying distances but also setting up different angles into this well guarded green. The highest elevation of the back nine also gives way to beautiful vistas. While standing on the 17th green, your vantage point includes views of #16 green, #12 & #18 tee, #11 green, and the approach and green on #10 along with a panoramic view of Bras D’Or Lakes and the MacPhee Islands in the distance.
The downhill Par 5 that plays with the prevailing winds can provide some great drama for stroke play finishes. Eagles abound but make a mistake left off the tee or second shot and a large number can be made. An exciting finish to an enjoyable round of golf.