Weekend Guide to Whistlers World Class Golf
Whistler is home to some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. It has become a summer pilgrimage for many mountain golf lovers looking for a weekend of stunning views, luxury golf and a great party. If you and your friends can handle black bears watching your putts, and playing on a hangover, Whistler is the perfect place for a weekend away.
Pete Thompson - Whistler Correspondent, YAHglobal.Com
Friday – Whistler Golf Club
4001 Whistler Way Whistler, BC
The resort’s oldest course is a nice place to start your weekend. Like all the courses in Whistler it offers luxury service despite a casual and inviting atmosphere. Whistler Golf Club is also the cheapest place to play at only $139 a round, unless of course you’re a BC resident and then you can sneak on in for only $99. The course is very traditional if lacking some variety, as most holes are similar par 4s but its location, right in the heart of the village gives you a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding peaks.
Its the best course for a warm up because of the excellent driving range and if you’re arriving on Friday try their unique ‘5 after 5’ play option. It gives you the perfect 5-hole weekend warm up, for only $20 after 5pm.
Saturday – Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
4612 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC, Canada
(604) 938 2092
Once you’ve settled in and warmed up your swing the golf can really begin. Playing at the Chateau is one the most unique golf experiences you can find. Often over-shadowed by its more famous brother in Banff, this is still mountain golf at its finest. Hidden away above Whistler’s upper village the course winds its way around the stunning Lost Lake Park. The course’s secluded location offers great views over the valley floor and more than a fair share of black bears. It would be a great place to get away from it all and relax, if the course wasn’t so damn difficult!
Most holes have very narrow rough areas meaning a hooked drive or sliced approach will send your ball deep into the woods, or cannoning off one of the vertical rock faces lining some holes, like on the deceptively difficult par 3 8th.
At $169 a round it is Whistler’s priciest course but certainly a unique and challenging 18 that will test everyone in your team.
Sunday – Nicklaus North
8080 Nicklaus North Boulevard Whistler, BC
If you’ve conquered the Chateau and your Sunday morning hangover, Whistler’s newest and most popular course is an ideal place to see out the weekend. Nicklaus North is right on the banks of Whistler’s largest lake, and water hazard, Green Lake. It has a huge variety of holes, combining the best of the Chateau’s tight and challenging golf with Whistler Golf’s open and beautiful views. It has the biggest club-house and The Den Restaurant and Lounge has the perfect patio on which to celebrate the end of a successful weekend.
The most scenic hole is definitely the 17th that runs alongside the lake all the way from tee to green. However, the holes to watch out for are the few that are lined by impressive residential mansions. The windows will definitely be in the back of your mind as you line up your drives.
Best of the rest
Outside of Whistler there are plenty of other courses if you’re looking for a longer golf adventure. North of Whistler in Pemberton is Big Sky Golf Club which has a unique Heli-Golf experience and south in Squamish you can play Furry Creek, the course used for filming in cult classic Adam Sandler movie, Happy Gilmore (pictured).