“I love Chateau Whistler Golf Club”, say first-time golfers to British Columbia, “the forest, the mountains and the course are gorgeous”. We couldn’t agree more. The environment is spectacular.
Situated as an adjunct to the magnificent Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel, the Chateau Whistler Golf Club provides a fabulous golf experience. 2018 is the 25th anniversary and the architect, Robert Trent Jones, returned to one of his most celebrated creations. During the colder weather it’s a popular ski-in ski-out resort. During the temperate weather, it’s a golf resort with a balance of beauty, serenity and adventure.
Chateau Whistler Golf Course
Snow capped mountains and thick towering conifer trees project a backdrop of spectacular beauty. On several holes, we hear the roar of the rushing stream, reminding us of our bucolic mountain location. Rain and clouds affected the mountain view on our visit but the beauty remained superb.
Chateau Whistler Golf Course ranked #17 in 2017 on ScoreGolfs Top 59 Canadian courses you can play. There are no houses here. Over 250 local members call this their home course but the course remains open to the public. The golf season runs from mid-May to mid-Oct. The golf staff is welcoming. Head Professional Padraic O’Rouke takes a special interest to ensure your Chateau Whistler Golf experience is delightful. The score card made from Stone Paper is waterproof, a welcome innovation given the climate.
The course is not a painless setup. Half of the holes have forced carries on the tee shot or approach but there are no blind shots. The course winds through dense woods with each hole separated from the others. The front nine goes out linearly and is more difficult. The back nine then returns to the clubhouse.
Framed by tall conifers artistic Par3s provide beauty and challenge. The greens are excellent and the bunkers are consistent. The fairways are not immaculate, but few mountain course fairways are. A remarkable plaque on the Par3 tenth tee commemorates back to back hole in ones from Mike and Noreen Unsworth, husband and wife.
A superb location combined with a strong layout and five-star service make the Chateau Whistler Golf resort an extraordinary experience.
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