Chateau Whistler Golf Club is located right in the heart of the lovely ski town of Whistler. Adjacent to and part of the Fairmount hotel the course is known as one of the best mountain courses anywhere with elevation changes of up to 400 feet through the course.
Robert Trent Jones Jnr was the architect and he created Chateau Whistler in 1993. In doing so he used the mountainscape brilliantly and surrounding peaks and features became the focus on a number of holes
The routing goes out and back with a few twists along the way.
The first 6 holes go out and up and is a very difficult start for the first timer as you can be tested for length, carry and accuracy all at once. Hole 3 is just a tad overdone in my opinion as a tee shot landing on the fairway can still be blocked out, or partially blocked out- and the shot in to the green over the creek, through the trees is testing enough…
Holes four and six uphill are just strong holes
On the flip side the downhill holes on the return journey are an absolute delight with elevated tees and plenty of hang time. Good drives will give you a series of approach shots with short to middle irons to nicely sculpted green complexes.
In general the collection of par three holes are very very good.
The par 3 downhill eighth hole is the signature hole. The tee shot must carry water diagonally to a green set hard against a cliff wall on the right and water on the left. Depending on your chosen tee it will require a mid to long iron, so it is no pushover!
Other favourite holes were:
- hole 2- a short uphill par 4 which requires a wedge approach over a creek to an elevated green.
- hole 5- a drop shot par 3 with Whistler Mountain in the background.
- hole 10- a short but gorgeous drop shot par 3
- hole 17- a dogleg par 4 with an elevated tee shot, and an approach to the green over water and heavy vegetation. The tee shot must be accurate to make the second shot practical….
One comes away from Chateau Whistler enthused with the beauty of the course, and memories of all those exciting downhill shots. And bears! Our round was interrupted with a black bear running across the fairway in front of us- apparently this is not uncommon.Chateau Whistler is just a lovely place to play golf, and one of the best mountain courses anywhere..
In The Area
Travelling Golfers visiting Whistler should take the opportunity to get active- go up the gondolas to Blackcomb Mountain, go biking, zip lining, kayaking, walking- there is something for everyone at Whistler.
Golfers can also tee it up at Big Sky, Nicklaus North, and Whistler GC.
The Travelling Golfer can tailor a golf tour to Canada to suit your group. For information on suggested itineraries please refer to Great Golf Destinations: Canada: Both Sides Now, and Canada: Rocky Mountain Highs.
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