Whistler Golf Courses
Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2012
It's that time of the year the snow is gone and summer is almost here, time to dust off the clubs and head up to Whistler for a summer get away. Whistler features 3 courses within a 10 minute drive of each other, here's a quick review of what each one has to offer.
Nicklaus North Golf Club
Nicklaus North is Whistler's most recognizable and decorated course due in most part to the famous golf legend who designed the course. Jack Nicklaus golf's most acclaimed athlete took this beautiful piece of land and created a golf village. The par 71 is situated on the north side of Whistler and runs along Whistler's glacier fed Green Lake. This magnificent design takes elements from many of Jack's most famous designs as sweeping lakes and perfectly manicured bunkers line to open design course. This course differs from the other two Whistler tracks in that it has very little tree coverage. While the other two courses run in and out of Whistler's naturally forested areas, Jack's course is built on the valley floor allowing the player to take in the sweeping views of Whistler without any interference from the outside world. When you reach the back 9 of the course Whistler's Green Lake starts to factor into the holes design bringing a whole new perspective and challenge to course. Hole 17 Nicklaus North's signature hole is a 213 yard par 3, the back of the green teeters on the edge of the lake giving players a spectacular view of both the course, lake and mountain views in the back. The course is always in immaculate condition and features a world class clubhouse and practice range and facility. For the player looking to enjoy both a classic Jack Nicklaus designed course with breathtaking mountain and lake views then look no further than Nicklaus North.
Chateau Whistler Golf Club
The Chateau Whistler is a one of a kind wonder designed by world renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. This course offers something completely different from the other two simply because of the location in which it was built. The course is nestled on a mountainside and follows the natural curvatures of the surrounding area. Constant elevation changes make this course unique as hole to hole you race up and down the mountain. In fact you can't even walk the course, carts are mandatory and included in the fee in order to maintain speed of play. Enjoy the spectacular views that come with sitting high above the valley floor and navigate your ball up and down the fairways that follow the natural hills. The course itself features natural springs that flow throughout the fairways and greens providing both challenges and gorgeous views. The greens just like the course are severely sloped so making sure you hit onto the right tier could be the difference between a good score or the dreaded 3 putt. Hole 12 Chateau Whistler's signature hole is a 212 yard par 3; this hole perfectly sums up the course. You're tee-shot takes place on an elevated tee-box overlooking a green that is tucked right beside a piece of exposed mountain rock. If the rock to the right looks intimidating don't forget the pond off to the left, accuracy is at a premium here or else be prepared to watch your ball jump 40 yards in the air or go for a swim. The magnificent club house and newly added David Leadbetter Golf Academy are just the icing on the cake of this world class facility. So if you're looking for a course that you and your friends won't soon forget check out the Chateau Whistler Golf Course for a one of a kind golf experience.
Whistle Golf Club
Whistler Golf Club is located right in the middle of Whistler a stone's throw away from the village and most of the surrounding hotels. The most traditional design of the three this course was the first golf facility built in Whistler and was masterminded by the legendary Arnold Palmer. The course features a mix of beautiful tree lined fairways and challenging water features. Possibly the most difficult course of all three from the back tee's this track is perfect for the golfer looking for the purest form of golf in the Whistler Valley. Mr. Palmer has done very little to disturb the area in which the course was designed instead choosing to follow the natural contours of the land. Whistler Golf Club is also home to the largest practice facility of all three courses, it features a large netted range right in the heart of Whistler Village. The facility is open to the public allowing you to hit a bucket of balls with your friends or family if that's all you're looking for. Recently the course experienced a series of renovations resulting in what may be the purest rolling greens in Whistler. If you're a golfer looking for a challenge on a elegantly designed course or just looking to beat a bucket of a balls than look no further than Whistler Golf Club.
Still undecided which course is right for you, well click below and check out Score Golf Canada's in depth review of Whistler's golf courses.
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