Know Before You Go: Whistler’s Golf Courses

A golfer swings his club in the sunshine on a course in Whistler.

Know Before You Go: Whistler’s Golf Courses

We might be known for our ski slopes and bike trails, but the greens of Whistler should not be overlooked.

Whistler has four championship golf courses from four of the world’s top designers, and three of them are within putting distance of each other. Pair that with stunning mountain views, comfortable temperatures and the proximity to other activity choices and epic dining and après, and you can understand why it’s been voted the #1 place to golf in Canada.

Whistler Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, is a par 71, 6,722-yard course. Nicklaus North Golf Course, as the name suggests, was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is a par 71, 6,961-yard course. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and is a par 72, 6,636-yard course and the farthest afield option is Big Sky Golf Course, located in Pemberton, a twenty-minute drive north from Whistler Village. It was designed by Robert Cupp and is a par 72, 7,001-yard course. Each course has its own allure and unique challenges, and it’s worth considering a round at each to really get a feel for Whistler golfing.

Big Sky Golf Course in Whistler

Big Sky Golf Course with the impressive Mount Currie as its backdrop. PHOTO CHAD CHOMLACK

As we all learn to adventure differently, Whistler’s golf courses have adjusted their protocols to keep us swinging safely. Here’s what you need to know when you book your tee time.

Whistler Golf Etiquette 2.0

General

  • Don’t play if you’re sick or someone you live with is sick, the greens will be waiting for you when you’re better
  • There are no walk-ins at this time, so make sure to pre-book online or over the phone
  • Early birds are usually celebrated, but at the moment you’re asked not to come earlier than 20 minutes prior to your reserved time
  • The golf course teams typically assist you with your bags when you arrive, but to keep touching to a minimum you’ll have to swing your own bag, as well as the clubs they carry, (unless you have reduced mobility and require assistance)
  • Practice physical distancing (two metres / six feet) and make sure it’s air high fives when you get that hole in one
  • Don’t carpool to the course unless the other players are part of your bubble and be aware there’s also no golf cart pooling for the same reason
  • Keep your equipment to yourself, even if it is tempting to try your friend’s new club, pick up that stray ball or remove the flagstick
  • Outside alcohol is not permitted on any of the courses – check with your golf course of choice about their food and beverage options before you go so you know where you’re grabbing that après beer

This is not an exhaustive list of all course protocols, but the general ones they have in common. For more specific details, take a look at the webpages below for each of the courses.

Big Sky Golf Course

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Nicklaus North Golf Course

Whistler Golf Club

Golfers walk across a bridge in the sunshine at Whistler Golf Course.

Early morning mist rising at Whistler Golf Club. PHOTO RICH GLASS

Suggestions

  • Bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently
  • Carry your own filled water bottle (note that some of the courses don’t have refill stations set up right now, so you might want more than one on a hot day)
  • Bring a card, not cash
  • Washroom facilities are available at the Clubhouses, but they are high-touch areas so go before you go to reduce usage
  • Pack some patience – these protocols are new for everyone and are being updated with the latest health advisories. This could mean a bit more waiting than usual, but we promise you the game will be worth the wait.
A golfer swings his club in the sunshine on a course in Whistler.

Say yes to some stunning, wide-open spaces. PHOTO JUSTA JESKOVA

INSIDER TIP: If you’d like to read some experiential stories of what it’s like to golf these courses, take a look at our golf posts.

Each one of Whistler’s golf courses has its own specific regulations and guidelines and you can find the details on their individual websites. The team at Whistler.com also know these new protocols and can talk them through with you if you’re looking to tee off in the mountains.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Wildflowers, forests and mountains at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club. PHOTO BOB HUXTABLE

Three nights and three rounds start at $155 CAD per person, per night and include complimentary cart rentals. If you’re not local to Whistler lock in this deal now for when the time is right to travel again. For more information on what’s open in Whistler, take a look at the Doors Open Directory or speak to a Whistler.com agent who can help put your adventure together (read: they do the work so you don’t have to). 

Nicklaus North Golf Course in Whistler

Mountains, rivers and lakes at Nicklaus North Golf Course. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Dee Raffo

Dee Raffo

You can often find Dee exploring all Whistler has to offer with her three-kid tribe in tow. Originally from the UK, Dee enjoys balancing out high-thrills adventures with down-time basking in the beauty of the wonderful place she now calls home.

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