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.
Date: October 30, 2010