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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

It’s big mountain golf time at Whistler with all four courses opening this month

Tourism Whistler media release
For immediate release - May 13, 2014

It’s big mountain golf time at Whistler with all four courses opening this month


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Whistler, B.C. – Whistler – where four distinct championship golf courses await – is home to the ultimate mountain golf experience with superb playing conditions, fresh alpine air and spectacular views from each green.

From lakeside greens to mountain peaks, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. And if you’re hitting the links here, be sure to bring your camera – wildlife is abundant; it’s not uncommon to find yourself sharing the view.

Whistler’s four championship courses – the Arnold-Palmer designed Whistler Golf Club, the Jack Nicklaus-designed Nicklaus North Golf Course, Robert Trent Jones Jr.’s Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, and Big Sky Golf and Country Club, designed by Robert Cupp, offer an exhilarating mountain golf experience that is so impressive, you’ll want to extend your stay in order to experience the variety of course offerings.

The Whistler Golf Club opened May 9 and General Manager Alan Kristmanson reports that the greens are in great condition. “Although spring came later this year, the new bent grass greens and golf course wintered very well and we look forward to seeing everyone out on the course,” said Kristmanson.

New for this year, Nicklaus North Golf Course is utilizing GPS on power carts, is featuring an unlimited golf package and exciting upgrades to the restaurant and patio. GM Michael Zuccolin is equally optimistic about the upcoming season. “Golf in Whistler really has never been better or more affordable than it is now,” Zuccolin said. “Most people know we have four outstanding courses designed by four of the world’s best designers, but many may not know how affordable the Whistler golf experience is,” he said. "Our accommodation and golf packages start at just $145 per person, per night. The quality of golf, combined with the amenities, additional activities, dining options and first-class Whistler service surely sets us apart.”

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club opens this month with a sophisticated new golf cart GPS system designed to enhance speed of play and a Whistler golf travel package. Director of Golf Nick Droulis reports that the greens are in phenomenal shape and are already seeing regular visitation. “This season is shaping up to be one of the most incredible for wildlife viewing,” said Droulis. “We’ve already spotted numerous bears and deer and a bald eagle on the course … sometimes, all in one day!”

North of Whistler is Big Sky Golf and Country Club located at the base of the scenic and majestic Mount Currie. The longest of the four championship courses, Big Sky also has extensive practice facilities and the Big Sky Golf Academy, one of western Canada’s top teaching facilities.

For the inside scoop on all things golf in Whistler, visit the Whistler Insider.

Stay and play packages start at $145 per person, per night make it easier than ever to master the Whistler golf experience. Whistler-based travel consultants at whistler.com can also customize a vacation package, taking care of flights, transportation, accommodation and activities. Call 1.800.WHISTLER (1.800.944.7853) to request a no-obligation quote or visit whistler.com for more details and offers.

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Whistler is Canada's premier year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Consistently rated the top ski resort in North America, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The resort offers an extensive range of accommodations totaling 10,000 bedrooms among 24 hotels as well as townhomes, condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler also boasts more than 100 restaurants and bars, 200 retail shops, 25 spas and countless activity options from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler Golf Club, Whistler Visitor Centre, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and whistler.com - Whistler's official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

Broadcasters: Whistler now has the capability to take you live with our enhanced fibre network. The significantly expanded network of more than 200 kilometres of fibre optic cabling throughout the resort allows instant transmission of HD signals to any location at any time. Details on how to access, and book the fibre are available on our media site. http://media.whistler.com/contact-us/filming-in-whistler/

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Patricia Westerholm
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E: pwesterholm@tourismwhistler.com

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