Westwood Plateau golf course is part of the largest residential project in western Canada. In the early 1990s a community setting was developed by Wesbild Holdings on the lower slopes of Eagle Mountain, high above the municipality of Coquitlam, some twenty miles south east of Vancouver.
Wesbild constructed homes, schools, parks, a shopping centre and 27-hole golf facility, catering for over 25,000 residents. Visiting golfers are, however, made very welcome to play here - the Wesbild motto is “above & beyond” and it covers all aspects of life at Westwood Plateau, where golf plays a very important part in the sporting life of the community.
The celebrated Canadian designer Michael Hurdzan was entrusted with the design of the golf course because of his proven track record of environmental sensitivity. His brief was to take advantage of the natural contours, preserve the majority of the Douglas fir trees and respect the wildlife on the property.
The Westwood Plateau result is very easy on the eye with rolling fairways – many bounded by trees – leading to manicured greens, protected by clever bunkering and grass swales. As the architect says, “…you’re bound to be both inspired and distracted by the mountain flavour of the course and the panoramic views of Mount Baker and the Fraser Valley.”
The signature hole at Westwood Plateau is the 15th, a 456-yard par four, where the fairway drops by more than 175 feet from the back tees to a ravine situated more than 100 yards in front of the elevated green. Don’t be tempted to let rip from the tee with a driver as your tee shot will travel too far down the fairway and end up below ground. Play a modest 3 wood – your tee shot will still go a long, long way – to near the marker post, then pitch your approach to the green with a short iron to hopefully walk away with a par.