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Whistler, BC Home to Canada’s Best Public Golf Courses – Ski Too

By Glen Paltrow
Golf Writer/

Whistler, BC is home to some of the most challenging golf courses in Canada, so only book a golf package or plan a vacation in this region of British Columbia if you will not be scared off by the rugged surroundings imposed by the local Coast Mountain formation – it is noteworthy that three of Whistler’s four courses were listed in SCOREGolf magazine’s top 10 list of BC’s Best Public Golf Courses in 2009. And each of the four golf courses in Whistler are designed by international architects and players Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Arnold Palmer and Robert Cupp.

Canada Offers Golf and Ski Vacation in Whistler, BC

Whistler’s famous ski scene is open through mid-summer, so spend your springtime golfing the courses in the area and skiing Horstman Glacier in this British Columbian wonderland.

Top Courses in Whistler, British Columbia

Follow in the footsteps of the pros on your next golf vacation at the Nicklaus North Golf Course, two-time host of the prestigious Skins Game. This Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course is rated 4.5 stars by Golf Digest, and is considered to be one to the finest in BC, Canada.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is a Robert Trent Jones Jr. masterpiece that boasts dramatic, elevated views of the Whistler Valley. Natural features, including ravines and waterfalls, are the reason why readers of Condé Nast Traveler voted it the No. 2 course in BC and No. 3 in Canada in their 2008 Golf Poll.

Several minutes from the heart of Whistler Village is the Arnold Palmer-designed Whistler Golf Club, Palmer’s first design in Canada. Highlights of the course include nine lakes, winding streams and snow-capped mountain peaks in every direction. And BC’s wilderness is not afraid of distracting golfers on the tee, so beware of the odd black bear out for a stroll.

Twenty-five minutes north of Whistler, in the British Columbia community of Pemberton, discover Robert Cupp’s Big Sky Golf and Country Club at the base of Mount Currie. This spectacular course was ranked among the top 100 courses in Canada by SCOREGolf, and received four stars in Golf Digest’s Places to Play.

Plan a Canadian Golf and Ski Trip to Whistler, BC

Golf vacations to Whistler, BC should be planned between April to October. Remember that tee times need to be booked in advance of your arrival to BC, Canada, most notably during July and August as golf courses are generally full during the peak season. Also, most top golf courses in Canada, which are included in various golf packages throughout British Columbia, have a dress code – so be sure to check ahead with the resort to make yourself aware of their policy to avoid unexpected problems on a fantastic golf vacation to beautiful Canada. After you have finished playing a few rounds during the springtime, head over to Horstman Glacier to spend some quality time skiing or snowboarding on the British Columbian slopes.

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 For more BC and Alberta vacation and tourism information, please visit Banff National and Banff


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