Golfing in Whistler, an Itinerary

Whistler is legendary for it’s winter activities, but in the summer time the world-class ski resort transforms into a playground of equal clout for warm weather outdoor activities like golfing. The golf courses are beautiful, with pristine fairways that meander along rolling hillsides through the scenic valleys, making golfing in Whistler an unique experience. Golfers from far and wide seek out Whistler in all its abundance from May to October for an unforgettable golf Vacation.

There’s a reason why Whistler is consistently ranked as the number one premier golf destination in Canada. The three courses in Whistler (and a fourth course 25 minutes north) are among the best in the world and they appeal to all skill levels, from beginners to the top echelon of professionals. Many pros have left their mark on Whistler as well, with golf courses designed by Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Robert Cupp and Robert Trent Jones, Jr. Each course features stunning scenic beauty of clear lakes, rugged woodlands and towering vistas of snow-capped mountains.

Golf 9 holes. Golf 18 holes. Shoot, golf 36. If you plan on golfing for more than one day, or more than once in one day, be sure to sign up for special bulk deals that will save you money. This is the optimal way to fully experience Golfing in Whistler, so call in to book a tee time or just do it online. For your planning convenience, you can also book multiple days in advance and book for multiple days. Now let’s have a look at these courses:

Nicklaus North Golf Course

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With impeccably manicured greens, and challenging par 3s, the Nicklaus North Golf Course – named for designer Jack Nicklaus – is a stunning course that will challenge even the best of players. Jack Nicklaus designed this course to be as unique as himself: a par 71, 18-hole course with a stunning view, and almost 7,000 yards of playable course. Opening in May, the golf course has played host to several events such as the Skins Games and the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf, which attracted such famous golfers as Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, and Steven Ames.

Fairmont Whistler Chateau Golf Club

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Tucked away in the slopes of the Coast Range Mountains, the Fairmont Whistler Chateau Golf Club overlooks the rugged landscapes and exposed rock faces of the surrounding mountains, while providing some of the most exciting and challenging golf in Canada. Rated “Best Resort Course in Canada” and the “Best New Golf Course” amongst other awards, Fairmont Whistler opens its greens on April 29th. Traversing creeks and ponds, ancient Douglas fir stands and granite rock, the course, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. is a par 72 and covers over 6,600 yards of playable area. This is a course not to miss.

Whistler Golf Club

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Another place to keep your game on par is the Whistler Golf Club. The first golf course in Canada to be designed by the famous Arnold Palmer in 1993, the 72 par course offers phenomenal vistas of surrounding mountains, as well as a fun and challenging course to test your game. The course is over 6600 yards and has won such awards as the “Silver Medal for Service”, and “Top 100 Golf Courses” over the years. With a $2.2 million facelift in 2000, we promise this will be a course you will not easily forget.

Big Sky Golf and Country Club

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Located a half-hour north of Whistler in the rural community of Pemberton, tucked up against the base of massive Mt. Currie. Designed by Robert Cupp, this par 71-course was ranked the #1 public access course in BC and one of the Top 30 courses in all of Canada. It’s a great course in a beautiful area and well worth the short road trip.

Where to Stay?

Fairmont Whistler Chateau

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With a luxurious 550 rooms to choose from, the Fairmont Whistler Chateau is unrivaled in its convenience for your Golf Vacation. Choose between guest rooms with a view of Blackcomb mountain, complete with 300 sq. ft. of space and a queen sized bed, or suites/specialty rooms such as the Duluxe Valley View Room, or Duluxe Slopeside View Room, which include stunning views and Fairmont’s world’s class amenities & services.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

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Fancy for a 5 star Golf Getaway to Whistler ? Don’t ignore Four Seasons Resort in Whistler’s Upper Village. With 273 rooms in seven styles, this resort has a plethora of options for you to choose from. Fancy a fireplace? No problem: Four Seasons offers luxury rooms with a cozy fireplace to warm up on chillier nights. Jonesing for a Jacuzzi to soak your muscles? Check out one of the three hot spring style Jacuzzi the hotel has to offer. With balconies overlooking the surrounding peaks, and the option of renting a suite or private residences, this resort is the epitome of mountain pampering.

On site Dining 

Don’t forget to fuel your golf swing! While you’re dashing from tee to tee, remember to treat your tummy afterwards.

Table Nineteen

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Photo: Joern Rohde

At Nicklaus North, you MUST dine/lunch at Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery. With a 4000 sq. ft. patio, this eatery is easily one of the top places in Whistler to sit back and enjoy a bite to eat, while soaking in the sun. With everything from cheese and charcuterie boards to nachos and housemade burgers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. After a long day on Nicklaus North Golf Course, enjoy Table Nineteen’s happy hour specials: $5 House Wines, $3 off pizzas, $6 Somersby Ciders and more. Your body will thank you.

Palmer’s Gallery Bar and Grill

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At Whistler Golf Club’s clubhouse, pop in to enjoy some of the best fare you can get post-golf at Palmer’s Gallery Bar and Grill. With happy hour from 4-6pm daily, the grill offers $4 draft and $5 house wines, complete with daily specials such as the Arnie Burger and Five Dollar Fridays. With everything from breakfast frittatas to pan-seared calamari and watermelon salads, this grill will make your stomach and soul happy.  If you want to venture downtown for dinner, browse our fine dining picks.

Golfing in Whistler can certainly be an expensive experience. Save time and money by getting yourself a golf package tailored by Enjoy Whistler. Our packages typically include a choice of play at one or more courses along with several nights of accommodation. Certain packages also include breakfast and discount coupons for merchandise, spa treatments or entertainment. So basically everything you’ll want to be doing in Whistler you’ll get at a much better rate than if you were to buy it all individually. The golf also includes carts and driving range access. Stay tuned for packages to come and start getting yourself planning for your Whistler golf holiday.
Or simply call up our friendly mountain specialists and let them organize your entire Golf Vacation within the best rates!

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