WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The most important golf instruction north of the United States is Canada’s David Leadbetter Golf Academy at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in BC. In addition to great instruction for those that need some tips on their golf vacation, the golf course is one of the best in British Columbia and there is an excellent warm-up facility.
“It is without a doubt one of the best facilities of its kind,” said Sean Prince, a BC golf expert. “A lot of people come here to get their stroke ironed out.”
To attract someone with the pedigree of Leadbetter to Whistler, Canada, the group that owns the facility spent $2.2 million on the eight-acre estate that includes a huge double-ended range for general warm-up on one end and specialized Leadbetter clinics or multi-day lessons on the other, taught by his protégés, including Whistler director of instruction Jeff Saager.
Leadbetter first entered into the project in September 2002. He said the longer he worked with the Fairmont team, the more he felt Whistler, Canada was the best place for his first Canadian facility.
The Whistler-based academy includes the ranges, several chipping areas featuring different angles, two different putting greens and a couple of practice greens. There is also a covered academy building that has multiple video cameras for film study and flat, plasma screen televisions for instant replay and analysis.
To build the facility, which is located near the current sixth hole, resort officials turned to Canadian architect Gary Browning, who had earned praise with the design of the new Stewart Creek course.
To start the process on the land, which was located on the side of a hill and totally tree covered, Browning’s team had to clear the land, shape it into a useable practice area and deal with some unique drainage challenges.
Fairmont officials already have begun to book corporate and individual lessons at the Leadbetter facility through Saager and his team of teachers.
Golf Canada’s West is the official golf course, tee time and golf packaging company of Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. Call them at 877-323-3633. For additional information be sure to check out GolfTheRockies.net. For more BC and Alberta vacation and tourism information, please visit Banff National Park.com and Banff Travel.com.
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