Big Sky Golf and Country Club is located a 35 minute drive north of the Whistler resort at Pemberton, British Columbia, in the shadow of snow-capped Mount Currie.
In addition to the 7,001-yard 18-holer, Big Sky has substantial practice facilities, including a 350-yard, double-ended driving range, two practice holes with multiple tees and several practice greens and bunkers. The Big Sky Academy is one of the top golf teaching facilities in Canada, offering customized golf schools and programs for golfers of all abilities.
A marvelous addition to the Big Sky set-up is the 9-hole, 1,200 yard, Academy course which is maintained to the same high standard as the championship course. It is ideal, either for the low handicapper wanting to fine tune their short game, or the learner golfer who can play in a real game environment without having to actually walk the fairways of an 18-hole course.
Designed by Bob Cupp, who was the architect of Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon where Tiger Woods won his last US Amateur Championship, the Big Sky course opened in 1994. A dyke was constructed round the site of the course to control the drainage and irrigation of what was once a marshy area where potatoes were grown. It is routed around several lakes that are linked by a snaking creek on broad meadowland free of any housing development which contributes toward the serenity and tranquility of playing here.
The signature hole at Big Sky is the 14th, a 454-yard par four called “Hang Time.” As you step up to the tee, look ahead to the majestic sight of Mount Currie in the distance, often surrounded by clouds that get trapped in the nearby mountain tops. Don’t you just want to get the driver out and hit your ball as far as you can? Well go ahead and your tee shot may well appear to be suspended in mid-air as it booms out into the distance – this is one of Canada’s great driving holes, so do it justice!
Big Sky Whistler Golf Resort is located in the shadow of the imposing Mt Currie in Pemberton, British Columbia. The golf course was designed by Bob Cupp and opened for play in 1994.
The course occupies relatively flat marshy land surrounded by snow capped mountains, and Cupp has used this to his advantage with water hazards and mountain vistas dominating the Big Sky experience. The views are truly 'out of this world'.
As you would expect from a resort course the greens are decent sized targets without a lot of movement. But the course is no pushover. It is well bunkered and water hazards are in play on 16 holes, so you need to bring your 'A' game to post a decent score.
Notable holes include:
- hole 1 (Mount Currie), a long par 4 where your eye is immediately drawn to the mountain backdrop
- hole 2 (Morning Mist), a mid- length dog leg par 4 with water in play on the approach
- hole 7 (Lone Tree), a short par 4 with water in play the length of the hole
- hole 11 (Cat Tail), a pretty water carry par 3
- hole 14 (Hang Time), a longer par 4 where the drive into the mountain backdrop could become an addictive experience!
- hole 16 (Deep Breath), a challenging par 4 which arcs left to right around the water
- hole 18 (Final Approach), a real three shotter to finish where you must carry the water to get home.
Big Sky is fun to play and is a good course in a spectacular setting.
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.
My favourite golf Course in Canada is in Pemberton with the iconic name of Big Sky. The course is dominated by Mount Currie, all 8200 feet of it, and yet the course is a flat and demanding championship layout which tests every aspect of your game.
The course beat me up, because although it's layout and condition was excellent and the greens true, I didn't play well. The place is just so beautiful and in the autumn sunshine gave you a 'great to be alive' feeling. I will be back and hopefully next time there will more pars and birdies! I
The best thing Big Sky has going for it is the view. Enjoyable track, but won't really push your game IMO. Layout is a bit flat with easy to hit resort sized greens. Not much character on some of the holes, but man does the scenery make up for it! Nothing says big sky more than crushing a drive towards an imposingly beautiful mountain backdrop. I gave it a Birdie mostly based on that.