Nicklaus North - British Columbia - Canada

Nicklaus North Whistler,
8080 Nicklaus North Boulevard,
Whistler,
British Columbia,
VON 1B0,
Canada


  • +1 604 938 9698

  • Jason Lowe

  • Jack Nicklaus

  • Andrew Smart

Opened in 1996 to instant critical acclaim, the Nicklaus North Golf and Country Club course is situated in Whistler Valley, five minutes from the Whistler Ski Resort in British Columbia. It is located in a spectacular setting only a two-hour drive north from Vancouver but it feels like a world away.

To underline the “Signature Design”, Jack Nicklaus played an exhibition round to mark the official opening of his 6908-yard Nicklaus North layout, which winds along a gentle valley floor alongside the glacier-fed Green Lake. Snowcapped peaks and majestic fir tree forests surround the course and fresh mountain air invigorates the golfer as the round unfolds.

Nicklaus North was the second Canadian course to be designed by the great man. He has been course architect to over 150 courses worldwide but this is one of the very few to which he has added his name to the title.

In 1998, Nicklaus North hosted “Shell's Wonderful World of Golf” competition and Fred Couples was certainly impressed by the panoramic mountain and lake views when he commented: “Whistler is the greatest place I've been to play golf" and that says a great from a man who has played golf all over the world.

The annual TELUS Skins game was held at Nicklaus North in 2005 and surprise, surprise; the Golden Bear was invited to compete for the first time since 1997 when he won two skins worth $35,000. This time, he more than held his own, picking up $120,000 from seven skins, the same as Stephen Ames who collected $150,000. John Daly netted three skins and won $65,000 whilst Vijay Singh walked away empty-handed after winning no skins.

The 226-yard 17th is a spectacular (and difficult) hole with trouble all around the green. A huge bunker to the front continues round the left to the back of the hole – be careful here as this sand trap is all that stands between the putting surface and Green Lake.

The Nicklaus North course asks golfers of any handicap intriguing questions about risk and reward on almost every tee. Shorter hitters will reach wide landing areas on the fairway but will then face long approaches to well defended greens. Longer hitters will be enticed into going for landing areas that are reachable only by flying water or fairway bunkers guarding that part of the fairway.

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Description: Opened in 1996 to instant critical acclaim, the Nicklaus North Golf and Country Club course is situated in Whistler Valley in British Columbia. Rating: 4.3 out of 6 Reviews: 3

I nice course, hole 17 is awesome, but hard. Conditioning was good. Some great views, but the course dos go throughout housing, which can put a damper on them. Overall I enjoyed it.
5 / 6
Nicklaus North
August 26, 2012


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I played Nicklaus North in October 2010. It was my first time in Whistler and I was hoping to play the best course in town. I was paired up with 3 Canadian business executives who had played Chateau Whistler the day before and said "this is a better golfer's golf course" while the other course had better views. They said conditioning at Nicklaus North was noticeably better, particularly the greens. The views are spectacular and the course was very good. Nothing unique about it except there were a couple of VERY tough par 3s on the backside (#12 at 205 and #17 at 215 . . . both over water). Jack also made the 4 finishing holes around Green Lake very challenging and a tough conclusion. Typical Nicklaus. Typical for resort courses, the fairways were pretty wide - so grip and rip. The higher altitude and dry air made club selection critical to scoring. As an example on the par 3 #10, I smoked a 6 iron 175 (normally 165) and hit into an impossible lie in the back bunker leading to a 6 (when I was only 5 yards from the pin). There is really no way to prepare for the yardage distance differences. The staff was very friendly and the clubhouse amenities were of a high standard. Overall a very good semi-private / resort experience. Whister is not a golf destination, but more complimentary to the overall resort area. So do not travel here explicitly for the golf.
4 / 6
Nicklaus North
October 31, 2010


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Nicklaus North Golf Club was designed by the Golden Bear and opened for play in 1995. It gained worldwide recognition for hosting two Skins Games and the Shell Wonderful World of Golf. It is located at the base of Whistler, a popular year round vacation destination, and along Green Lake. The course features the best variety and most challenging par 3's amongst the big four courses. There are 5 of them with the signature 230yard 17th being the most scenic. It features Green Lake along the left side, a huge bunker framing the entire left side and back and another bunker on the right side. The best shot will come in from right to left and a par is a great score. The other par 3's offer a variety of challenges and distances testing all tee-off shots. The course provides some room off the tee while narrowing and forcing more precision on your approach shots. The view is always fantastic in the area, however it can be a little noisy with the construction of homes on the property. The challenging holes are mostly on the back with three tough par threes and longer par 4's that can bite you awaiting. The 17th and 18th are great finishing holes and will leave you with a good impression of another quality Whistler Golf Course. The greens are the best in the area but some of the fairways were a little soggy. Mike Stefan
4 / 6
Nicklaus North
October 10, 2008


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