Whistler Golf Secrets: Why Your Best Round (Ever) Could Happen this Fall

Whistler's Nicklaus North Golf Course

Whistler Golf Secrets: Why Your Best Round (Ever) Could Happen this Fall

True fans of golf know the season doesn’t end until the courses close, and Whistler’s golf courses are open right through to early October. Sure, the seasons are changing and you might want to throw a jacket in with your clubs. But playing through fall has many benefits – quieter greens, some of the best value stay-and-play deals of the year, and excellent conditions. Add this to a full season of practice, patience and focus and this autumn you might just knock those final strokes off your score.

We popped around to the courses to get an update on current conditions, the lowdown on specials and their take on why the best rounds often happen in autumn. Haven’t been hitting the links at all? Then your best game is definitely ahead of you – go for it.

Big Sky Golf Club

Aerial view of the Big Sky Golf Club

PHOTO CHAD CHOMLACK

Located in Pemberton, north of Whistler, Big Sky Golf Club is a par 72, 7001 yard course designed by Robert Cupp.

Golfer swings at Big Sky golf Course Pemberton

PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Big Sky doesn’t aerate/punch their greens in September. The course is in perfect condition until they close.

Teeing off with Mt Currie at Big Sky Golf

PHOTO COURTESY BIG SKY GOLF CLUB

Located in a different valley to Whistler, Big Sky enjoys slightly warmer temperatures than Whistler and beautiful greens – all located at the base of the impressive Mount Currie.

Mount Currie Massif view from the Pemberton golf course

PHOTO COURTESY BIG SKY GOLF CLUB

If getting the most out of your season is important to you, then hit up Big Sky – the longest of the four championship courses that make up the Whistler golf community.

(Did we mention views of Mount Currie?)

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Proud Flag at the Fairmont Whistler Golf Course

PHOTO COURTESY THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

Located close to Whistler Village and Lost Lake Park, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr – a par 72 6,635 yard course.

Teeing off at the Fairmont Whistler Golf Course

PHOTO COURTESY THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

The course is in great condition this September, enjoying almost a full season of care by their dedicated grounds team.

Lupins flowering at the Fairmont Whistler Golf Club

PHOTO COURTESY THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

The views from the course are always impressive but in fall the scenery is arguably at its finest. The majestic mountains appear even more dramatic as the leaves begin to change colour.

Moment of truth at the Fairmont Whistler Golf Course

PHOTO COURTESY THE FAIRMONT CHATEAU WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

Playing in autumn is ideal. Why? Because your game is at its best. You have full season under your belt and September is the month to really get in, fine tune and perfect your game.

Nicklaus North Golf Course

Playing golf on the shores of Green Lake in Whistler

PHOTO COURTESY NICKLAUS NORTH GOLF COURSE

Nicklaus North Golf Course was designed by Jack Nicklaus to fit perfectly between glacial Green Lake and the River of Golden Dreams, a par 71 course at 6, 961 yards.

Sunshine and blue skies at Nicklaus North

PHOTO COURTESY NICKLAUS NORTH GOLF COURSE

The course is in the best condition of the year, right now.

Craft beer and bites on course at Nicklaus North Golf Course

PHOTO COURTESY NICKLAUS NORTH GOLF COURSE

The onset of fall adds a dimension to the game. Leaves are changing colours, the scenery is gorgeous, the temperatures are wonderful. Cheers to that.

Lining up to put at Nicklaus North

PHOTO COURTESY NICKLAUS NORTH GOLF COURSE

The benefits of autumn rounds go beyond the greens, with year-end retail specials in the golf shop. Time to line up those Christmas gifts?

Whistler Golf Club

Aerial view of the Whistler Golf Club

PHOTO COURTESY WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

Designed by Arnold Palmer, the Whistler Golf Club is a par 71 course at 6, 722 yards, located a few steps from Whistler Village.

Bears play on the Whistler Golf Club links

PHOTO COURTESY WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

Fall is great for wildlife viewing during your round, as the bears move back into the valley.

Sliders on the patio at Palmer's Gallery and Grill

PHOTO COURTESY WHISTLER GOLF CLUB

The golf course is in amazing shape, there’s a sale on this season’s rental clubs to be found at the Nike pro store  and that patio at Palmer’s is sunny all afternoon…

Sunset over Whistler Golf Club

PHOTO ROBIN O’NEILL

Autumn at the Whistler Golf Club means amazing mountain views show the seasons. We’ll have fresh snow in the alpine soon, and leaves changing colours. Fall is truly special on the course.

Bonus (Ladies Only)

For those who haven’t had the chance to check out some of the ladies only programs, there’s still a few dates left. Register for the final Ladies Night of the season for Nicklaus North Golf Course (September 20) or bring the girls to a Big Sky Ladies Nine & Wine or Ladies Golf & Dine night, happening through to October.

Whether you’ve had a full season or are still looking to get in the swing, now’s a great time to grab a deal on a round. There’s plenty to do in Whistler in fall off the course as well – jump on over to Whistler.com for more. 

Pip Campbell

Pip Campbell

Pip has somehow worked her way around from being a snow-and-bike bum to holding a real job while also being outdoors as much as possible. She’s collected scars, bikes for (almost) every occasion, a small trail dog and a love of craft beer plus a rudimentary understanding of skiing, snowboarding, sketching, and the art of chairlift conversations. She currently believes a combination of gravity, snow, dirt and rad people are what make Whistler tick but investigations are ongoing.

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