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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Whistler brings you the earliest ever Big Mountain Golf Experience

Tourism Whistler Media Release
For Immediate Release - April 15, 2015

Whistler brings you the earliest ever Big Mountain Golf Experience.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

Whistler, B.C. – Whistler, where unique championship golf courses await, is home to the ultimate big mountain golf experience with superb playing conditions, fresh alpine air and spectacular views. If that’s not enough, Whistler is opening the greens for golf aficionados earlier than ever before, with courses opening as early as April 24. What’s more, the Whistler Golf Passport is sweetening the deal offering a four course experience package from one low price of just $249 CAD / $200 USD*. For more information visit

The area'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 Pemberton’s Big Sky Golf and Country Club, designed by Robert Cupp, offer an exhilarating big mountain golf experience that is so impressive, guests will want to extend their stay to take advantage of the variety of course offerings. Whistler in summer cannot be done in just a few days.

The Whistler Golf Club is scheduled to open April 24 - the earliest opening date in course history, while the driving range is already open. General Manager Alan Kristmanson reports that the greens are in superb condition due to a milder winter, with the course three weeks ahead of schedule. Whistler Golf Course has recently been recognized with the Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary designation due to their efforts in providing a sanctuary for wildlife on the course. Read more about this achievement.

Nicklaus North Golf Course celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with membership specials. Michael Zuccolin, General Manager is enthusiastic for the golf season ahead, with it's earliest opening date in the courses 20 year history - April 30. “With a very mild winter season, Nicklaus North and the other three Whistler area championship courses will be opening up in the best condition ever. Couple this with the best early season pricing on stay and play packages and individual rounds, there is not a better time to visit Whistler,” says Zuccolin. This year the course will introduce a new indoor program featuring Flightscope elite with the Boditrak weight monitoring system - aiding the learning and development process.

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is opening earlier than ever in course history, on April 24. The course will boast new refurbishments to the clubhouse and patio, as well as a new golf shop. The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course is looking forward to an exemplary summer season with the range already seeing regular visitation by locals and visitors alike. The course stays true to nature, allowing the landscape to dictate the path, featuring elevation gains of 400ft; offering some of the best views in Whistler.

North of Whistler is Big Sky Golf and Country Club, located at the base of the scenic and majestic Mount Currie. The opening date is set for May 15 with the course showcasing new T1 Bent Grass greens. Boarding – a term typically reserved for winter in Whistler – is reborn with the introduction of the GolfBoard; Winner of Best New Product at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. From July 1, Big Sky is giving guests the opportunity to ‘Surf the Earth’ with GolfBoards available for hire. Enhancing speed of play, reducing turf wear, and offering an experience previously reserved for surfers and snowboarders. The longest of the four championship courses, Big Sky has extensive practice facilities, featuring the Big Sky Golf Academy, one of western Canada’s top teaching facilities. Golf Digest nominated Big Sky in the Top 10 Public Golf Courses in Canada for 2015.

From lakeside greens to mountain peaks, it doesn’t get much bigger than this. If you’re hitting the links here, be sure to bring your camera – Whistler’s wildlife is bountiful; it’s not uncommon to find yourself sharing the view with a few furry friends.

Stop dreaming and book by June 30 to save on a wide range of accommodation. Stay and Play packages start from just $128 per person, per night. Visit  or call 1.800.944.7853 to connect with a Whistler-based travel consultant who can customize a unique vacation package.


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 1.800.944.7853 and - 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.

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