Canadian company Cabot has acquired the Inverness site for its first European project, in which Tom Doak is designing a second course.

The change in ownership will see the location rebranded as Cabot Highlands, which will be added to a portfolio that includes destinations in Nova Scotia, St. Lucia, British Columbia and Florida.

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Ben Cowan-Dewar, CEO and Co-Founder of Cabot, said, “Castle Stuart has been synonymous with the area since it opened 13 years ago.

Castle Stuart, venue for four Scottish Opens, has been purchased by Canadian company Cabot.

“We are honored to be a steward of the land and to carry forward the original vision for the property.”

Mark Parsinen discovered the Castle Stuart site and designed the current course in collaboration with Gil Hanse.

Arnold Palmer had been linked with creating a second course before his death, but, with Doak on board, it is definitely moving forward. It will have a significant frontage on the water but will be lower than the first course.

“Cabot is a perfect fit for Castle Stuart and I’m sure the future is rosy,” said Grant Sword, who is retiring as managing partner.

Castle Stuart’s managing director, Stuart McColm, is excited about what the future holds for the Inverness site as Cabot Highlands. Photo: Jean-Paul

Stuart McColm, who remains managing director, is also excited about what the new owner will bring to the site.

He said: “I have been involved with this special property since 2006 and I can’t think of a better partner than Cabot to lead our next chapter.

“The future is extremely exciting and we look forward to bringing to fruition the many exciting projects for Cabot Highlands that will provide a significant boost to the region’s economy.

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