Chateau Whistler - British Columbia - Canada

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort,
4612 Blackcomb Way,
Whistler,
British Columbia,
V0N 1B4,
Canada


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Whistler, in British Columbia, has become one of the top golfing destinations in Canada and Chateau Whistler is one of the main reasons for this. It is one of four major golf courses in the Whistler area along with Whistler (Palmer), Big Sky and Nicklaus North.

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Junior, Chateau Whistler opened in 1993. It is part of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Resort which, although primarily serving skiers and golfers, also offers sporting activities such as fishing, climbing, rafting, mountain biking and swimming. The resort also has a health club, spa and David Leadbetter golf academy as additional facilities.

Fairmont are also responsible for top class courses at other resorts like Banff Springs, Jasper Park Lodge and St Andrews (Torrance and Kittocks courses) so quality on the fairways is guaranteed at this mountain golf retreat. Laid out on the base of Blackcomb Mountain, Chateau Whistler climbs over four hundred feet from the clubhouse to a height of 2,850 feet above sea level. It has fairways framed by Douglas Firs, granite rock outcrops, lakes and tumbling, rocky streams along its routing of nine holes out and nine back.

One of the feature holes on the front nine at Chateau Whistler is the 399-yard par four 3rd, which rises steadily from tee to green. The drive needs to be placed to the right centre of the fairway to give an angle for the approach as the hole doglegs left. The second shot has to carry the Horstman River and a ravine that protects the front of the elevated putting surface so a high trajectory second shot is required to hit and hold the green.

The signature hole at Chateau Whistler is the daunting, 212-yard par three, 8th, where the elevated tee looks down to the green which has a granite outcrop to the right and a lake to the front and left with a large bunker between putting surface and water – now is the perfect photo opportunity if you have remembered to bring your camera!

The 361-yard 15th offers a birdie opportunity on the back nine. It’s a left dogleg hole that demands accuracy off the tee and with the approach. A bunker guards the green front right, a creek lies near the back and a ridge runs through the centre of the green – maybe a par four is not such a bad score after all!

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Description: Whistler has become one of the top golfing destinations in Canada and the golf course at Chateau Whistler is one of the main reasons for this. Rating: 8.8 out of 10 Reviews: 5
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Peter Wood

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!

Notable holes include:

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 8- a spectacular mid length par 3 with green wedged between water and cliff face
hole 10- a short but gorgeous drop shot par 3
hole 13 is a short downhill par 4 to a well bunkered green
hole 14- another delightful downhill par 4
hole 17- a dogleg par 4 from an elevated tee, and featuring 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 I have come across..

Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.

July 05, 2020
8 / 10
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Scarlett
Spectacular mountainside course in the resort town of Whistler north of Vancouver. The views of the surrounding mountains ARE distracting and the parkland Chateau Whistler Golf Course - Photo by reviewercourse is just a pleasure as well. Significant elevation changes, challenging shots and hazards in the line of play make it a course where thought and well executed shots are required. Conditioning was a let down but that's likely due ot the approaching winter. CAD115 for the round. No bears seen on the course when I played but my wife did see one crossing the road near the main Fairmont property about 2KM from the course. We were staying down in Vancouver and did the drive up the Sea to Sky highway to Whistler as a day trip - highly recommended, even if you don't plan to play golf.
September 29, 2015
8 / 10
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Mike
Only Whistler area course with elevation change. Best maintenance in Whistler area, best design, and my personal favourite.
August 26, 2012
10 / 10
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steve grainger
was unsure before arriving in Whistler whether to play this or Nicklaus North. So glad I played this as it was one of best courses Ive ever played whereas Nicklaus looked quite flat and soon to consumed by real estate. By contrast no real estate on here only bears !! Lots of elevation changes and the views are stunning. If ever in the area dont miss the opportunity you wont be disapointed
June 22, 2010
10 / 10
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Mike Stefan
Chateau Whistler Golf Course is a Robert Trent Jones Design located minutes from the village. It also features the David Leadbetter teaching academy and a number of outstanding resorts around its property. It is frequented by players from all over the world as it provides Whistler's most mountainous feel of all the surrounding courses. Huge elevation changes, tree-lined fairways and beautiful scenery are provided the entire way around. The toughest holes are on the front as you play a number of uphill shots. The highlight is the beautiful par 3 8th, with the green protected by a lake and bunker on the left and a rocky hill framing the right side. An accurate tee shot will give you an opportunity to one putt, and walk away with a birdie on the best par 3 on the course. The holes challenge you to a variety of shots and will test you club selection and ability to judge up and down hill distances. The greens are quick with a variety of undulations that make approach shots key on some hole locations. The toughest hole on the course is the par 4 3rd, uphill all the way with a creek running through the left side of the fairway and crossing through the front of the green. A well placed tee-shot will leave you a long iron to a large undulating green. Par is an excellent score and a big number is very possible. One of the unique features of the Chateau Whistler Golf Club is the number of bears LIVING on the course. I have played 2 rounds and have seen 4 black bears, an amazing sight! It's a great course to play as it offers the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Mike Stefan
October 10, 2008
8 / 10
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