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The Woman’s Golf Guide to Whistler

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Written By:

Susan Fornoff

Susan Fornoff, a trailblazing sports journalist and the founder of GottaGoGolf.com, is a Colorado-based writer, editor and golf consultant who endeavors to help women have more fun with the game. Susan will play golf anywhere, anytime, with anyone. But her favorite hole is always the 19th.

We’ve all had that experience that catches us by surprise. Maybe a round of golf on a course we had no idea was so spectacularly beautiful. Or vacation in a country where the people seemed over-the-top friendly. A meal, even, that opened our eyes to a vegetable we always disdained.

This is how I think of my autumn golf sojourn to Whistler, British Columbia. I live a short drive from Rocky Mountain National Park, so why would I want to go to the trouble of crossing a border to see leaves changing in a shorter mountain range? And, who had ever heard anything about Whistler golf? It’s a ski destination, right?

Oh, so wrong. So wonderfully, shockingly wrong. Sometimes I still wake up and see our picture-window view of mountains covered in the season’s first snowfall from our comfy bed at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. When I catch a chill, I think of our frigid, exhilarating ATV ride up Blackcomb Mountain. And when I play golf on a particularly hilly, scenic, and special course, I can’t help but think about how it measures up to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club.

Finally, I will never take a flight without remembering the seaplane that took us at sunset from Green Lake, next to the fairways of Nicklaus North, to a pier in Vancouver Bay beside the cosmopolitan city sharing its name.

I have my husband to thank for insisting we take this golf trip. Now you have me to thank for telling you to visit Whistler.

PRICE GUIDE


How does your currency fare against the Canadian dollar? That will help determine the value of the golf, lodging, and meals at Whistler. In early 2019 U.S. dollars, expect to pay $100 and thereabouts for high-season golf (search for a twilight time if you want a bargain) and $200 and up a night at the better hotels. There’s a wide range of dining in the village, but at the better restaurants you’ll pay no less than $100 for a three-course dinner with one glass of wine.

GOLF HERE

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Whistler Golf Club ($$)

Mature, towering trees dominate the view at this golf course, which I liked for its flatness and meandering layout. Women who usually like playing from the most forward tee may want to step back one, however; I found that the new front tees took away some of the character of the Arnold Palmer design. Even though this is the most centrally located course, golfers here feel they’re in a valley surrounded by mountains.
GOLF HERE
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Nicklaus North ($$$)

I may have mentioned, I am a fan of Nicklaus design from the forward tees. Nicklaus North is another great example of how the design shortens the course while keeping it interesting. Jack didn’t take a few steps forward of the white tee and say, “The women hit from here.” That’s not to say it’s easy, but don’t give up before you get to the stunning par-3 17th alongside Green Lake.
GOLF HERE
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Big Sky Golf Club ($$)

You’ve come so far, why would you want to now drive 45 minutes or so north of Whistler to play golf at Big Sky, when there is plenty happening at your home base? Oh, just look at the Big Sky website, or any of the photos of the face of Mount Currie, which dominates your round. A spectacular destination on a walkable course where the staff, shop, and 19th hole beckon warmly to women golfers.
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STAY HERE

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Fairmont Chateau Whistler ($$$$)

There can’t be a better place for Whistler golfers to stay, if only for the hotel’s affiliation with the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, the sole true mountain course in Whistler itself. This is a hard course for the average woman, starting up Blackcomb Mountain and requiring careful placement to avoid surprise creeks across fairways. That said, I wouldn’t miss the views and variety to be found here. The usual Fairmont service and amenities combined with a serene Upper Village location take Fairmont Chateau Whistler over the top.
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Summit Lodge ($$)

There are dozens of accommodations, including hotels, condos, and timeshares, in the village center, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and watering holes. Summit Lodge is an example; I chose it for its value and online reviews, which vouch for the boutique hotel’s peace and quiet amid the activity of the village.
STAY HERE
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Tourism Whistler ($-$$$$)

With four golf courses associated with the village, Tourism Whistler beckons golfers with budget-to-luxury stay-and-play packages that represent significant savings. It’s also a good start for any Whistler vacation planning.
STAY HERE

EAT HERE

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Hy’s Steakhouse ($$$$)

All sorts of meat and game show up on the menus around Whistler. If you’re going to go this route, then choose Hy’s, which has been excelling at cooking animals for 60 years. The martinis and the garlic cheese toast alone will make it all worthwhile.
EAT HERE
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Wildflower ($$)

If breakfast is your most important meal of the day, then you will want to find your way to the Fairmont for the daily buffet and snag a spot on the patio to enjoy this pretty spot. Not a big eater? Settle for the Salmon Benedict on the menu.
EAT HERE
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Christine’s on Blackcomb ($$$$)

I couldn’t get enough of the views at Whistler, and here’s your chance to take a gondola to lunch or dinner at a scenic spot that doesn’t forget about the food. It’s fine dining with a farm-to-table sensibility.
EAT HERE

AND A SIDETRIP


Anyone who crosses the Canadian border to visit Whistler probably comes and goes from Vancouver. Well, this is one amazing city. If you just have a day to walk it, do it.

We’ve all had that experience that catches us by surprise. Maybe a round of golf on a course we had no idea was so spectacularly beautiful. Or vacation in a country where the people seemed over-the-top friendly. A meal, even, that opened our eyes to a vegetable we always disdained.

This is how I think of my autumn golf sojourn to Whistler, British Columbia. I live a short drive from Rocky Mountain National Park, so why would I want to go to the trouble of crossing a border to see leaves changing in a shorter mountain range? And, who had ever heard anything about Whistler golf? It’s a ski destination, right?

Oh, so wrong. So wonderfully, shockingly wrong. Sometimes I still wake up and see our picture-window view of mountains covered in the season’s first snowfall from our comfy bed at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. When I catch a chill, I think of our frigid, exhilarating ATV ride up Blackcomb Mountain. And when I play golf on a particularly hilly, scenic, and special course, I can’t help but think about how it measures up to the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club.

Finally, I will never take a flight without remembering the seaplane that took us at sunset from Green Lake, next to the fairways of Nicklaus North, to a pier in Vancouver Bay beside the cosmopolitan city sharing its name.

I have my husband to thank for insisting we take this golf trip. Now you have me to thank for telling you to visit Whistler.

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