When one thinks of Whistler, a world-class golf destination doesn’t often come to mind. Skiing (obviously) takes precedence as does biking. But not everyone yearns to express their athletic skills and talents on the bike trails in the summer.
The first few steps onto one of Whistler’s courses is enough to inspire any new or seasoned golfer. The well-manicured greens are a wonder as each spring means a serious reset from Whistler’s harsh winters.
Whistler valley offers three courses a short distance from each other, allowing golfers to easily access a course (or two) each day. But venture out to Pemberton or Squamish, and you’ll find three more courses with equally gorgeous views.
The scenery is an important part of your game, but so are the design and overall experience. So let’s begin with what some might agree is the most difficult course in the Valley, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club. Carts are mandatory here due to the changes in elevation, so bring a lot of balls. Have your camera phone ready as you’re sure to encounter bears during your round. Finish at cozy the clubhouse, a few minutes’ walk from the Aspens and the Woodrun. The range at this course offers a peaceful practice experience with an excellent putting green and a range that occasionally offers a tee-off on the grass. And again, more stunning views.
Next is the Jack Nicklaus designed course on the brilliant (emerald) Green Lake, Nicklaus North Golf Club. This GolfBC-managed course stretches through neighbourhoods, runs along the River of Golden Dreams, and offers a spectacular Signature Hole looking out over the lake. Table 19, the clubhouse, offers one of Whistler’s best patios with live music and a stunning menu. You’ll easily see why this course is a local’s favourite.
The Whistler Golf Club was designed by Arnold Palmer and offers a real “Whistler vibe”. An easy stroll from most of our properties, like Village Gate House, Tyndall Stone Lodge and Northstar, you’ll enjoy this walkable course on the edge of Whistler Village. Although the vibe is relaxed, the course is impeccable, and the service is attentive and friendly. A warmup at the range around the corner is a great way to start the day.
With a shorter season, start your season with (some) confidence after a wintery break. Each course offers instruction and training packages for beginners and seasoned golfers, so it’s a personal choice where to brush up your skills (or start from scratch). The Whistler Golf Club is known for its lesson packages aimed at men, or women, beginner or advanced. They tend to fill up quickly so consider booking a private or group lesson with one of the on-site pros.
Adding golf to your repertoire of talents will help round out your circles of friends and offer yet another way to enjoy our beautiful resort, from spring to fall. Anyone who has swung a club can tell you it is not something you learn overnight, but golf can be incredibly rewarding, even if you’re just in it for the views!
Whiski Jack offers accommodation options that are perfect for golf groups. Explore our vacation rentals here.
WORDS: Andrea Robson