The Best Places to Golf in Whistler, BC
It’s no surprise why golfers and golfing publications alike rave about the golf courses in Whistler.
Rated Canada’s number one golf destination by Golf Digest, golfing in Whistler is a unique experience full of thrilling places to tee off.
Flanked by soaring mountains and rugged forests, the courses in this area are a dream come true for many golfers. Breathe in the crisp, mountain air while enjoying pristine playing conditions. From sparkling creeks to granite side-slopes, the Whistler’s immaculate fairways blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings.
The four main golf courses in the Whistler area are located in a single resort, but you’ll also discover other amazing places to play not far from town.
Golf courses designed by the world’s best
The masters of golf course design pulled out all the stops when they planned Whistler’s courses.
Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Robert Cupp and Arnold Palmer have all put their mark on the golfing landscape here. Their course designs, combined with the area’s stunning beauty, have resulted in Whistler being ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 20 golf destinations in the world.
So which designer’s golf course is most fun to play? You’ll have to be the judge of that, but we’ve provided you some suggestions.
Outstanding pro shops & restaurants
One of the best parts of golfing in Whistler is having quick access to amazing amenities.
Stay-and-play resort packages, high-end clubhouse restaurants and terraces that serve up fantastic views await you at these courses. A few of the pro shops have also earned strong reputations in the golfing community.
Check out our list of awe-evoking golf courses in Whistler:
1. Whistler Golf Course
Take a short stroll from the heart of Whistler village and you will find yourself at the Whistler Golf Course, the first course that Arnold Palmer designed in Canada.
It offers nine lakes, two winding creeks and gorgeous views of Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. The surrounding scenery is truly breathtaking, with ancient cedars, clear streams, perfectly manicured greens and snow-capped peaks in the distance.
The Whistler Golf Course is one of the top ranked golf courses in Canada and offers outstanding service as well as a fantastic design. Its clubhouse facilities are excellent and the course regularly hosts banquets and weddings. The Golf Shop has been voted one of the top 100 pro shops by Golf World Business magazine.
Designer: Arnold Palmer
4010 Whistler Way
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
1-604-932-3280 / 1-800-376-1777
2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club
The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course stretches out across scenic ridges and meandering streams, while offering beautiful vistas of the surrounding landscape.
The elegant design of the course makes it very enjoyable to play, even though it’s set within challenging, rugged terrain – carved right into the side of Blackcomb Mountain.
The mountain course makes its way across granite rock, stands of ancient Douglas fir and clear-running streams. It was described by Links Magazine as “Mountain Golf at its finest.”
The course has received the Best New Resort Course in Canada award from Golf Digest, as well as many other prestigious honours. If you truly want the luxurious mountain golf experience, you can stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and take advantage of one of the “Stay and Play” golf and hotel packages.
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
4612 Blackcomb Way
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
3. Nicklaus North Golf Course
Created by legendary designer Jack Nicklaus, this 18-hole Nicklaus North Golf Course adheres to his very high standards and showcases his unique creative touch.
Nicklaus was inspired by the surrounding scenery – snowcapped peaks, emerald-coloured lakes, majestic fir trees and crisp mountain air – to create one of the best championship courses in Canada.
Nicklaus North Golf Course has hosted many prestigious golf tournaments, including the Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf Tournament and the Skins Game. The course offers a challenge for golfers of all skill levels, as it is designed with five sets of tees, each offering a different experience.
Out of the 150 golf courses around the world that Jack Nicklaus has designed, this is the only one to which he give his name – which must mean that he is quite proud of the superb golfing experience here! The golf club also offers a custom club fitting and repair centre, as well as Palmer’s Gallery Bar and Grill.
Designer: Jack Nicklaus
8080 Nicklaus North Blvd.
Whistler, British Columbia
4. Furry Creek Golf and Country Club
One of the most scenic golf courses in Canada, Furry Creek expertly captures the character of the surrounding mountain terrain.
This enticing 18-hole course was designed by Robert Muir Graves and offers panoramic views of the ocean. It’s located along the Sea to Sky Highway, only 35 minutes north of Vancouver.
You’ll be treated to an ever-changing landscape as you make your way along the fairways. The course offers everything from granite side slopes to forested mountains to creeks and much more. The 14th Par 3 is particularly impressive, as it thrusts out into the waters of Howe Sound.
Furry Creek is also known for its Sea to Sky Grill, which offers high-quality local ingredients prepared so that their unique flavours really shine. Eating on the outdoor patio is a great experience, as the views over Howe Sound are a treat for the eyes.
Designer: Robert Muir Graves
150 Country Club Rd.
Furry Creek, British Columbia
1-604-896-2224 / 1-888-922-9462
5. Big Sky Golf & Country Club
A superb place to tee-off under the big and sunny B.C. sky.
The 18-hole Big Sky Golf & Country Club is located only a short drive north of Whistler at the foot of Mount Currie. It was designed by Robert Cupp and offers a beautiful set of links that includes ponds and natural vegetation. It’s the longest of the four championship courses in Whistler and was voted the “Best Course in BC” by the Vancouver Sun Golf Guide. Take in awe-inspiring vistas at every hole.
The golf course has a number of high-quality facilities, including the Pro Shop and the luxurious Fescue’s Restaurant and Patio. Also, be sure to admire the original metallic sculptures by Davide Pan.
Big Sky Golf and Country Club is located only a 25 minute drive north of Whistler Village, so it won’t take you long to reach these gentle rolling links set within a wild and untamed mountain environment.
Designer: Robert Cupp
1690 Airport Road
Pemberton, British Columbia
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