Chateau Whistler Golf Club
Stunning, playable mountain golf in BC
Right in the heart of the outdoor mountain paradise of Whistler, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club delivers a true mountain golf experience, one that's playable for every level and won't beat you up too bad. It's max length is just over 6,600 yards, so the lowest handicaps may pine for a little more challenge, but the vast majority of golfers are really going to enjoy this layout. There are uphill and downhill shots, greens with long expansive views of the valley and the collection of par 3s are particularly stunning.
The opening stretch is particularly infamous, playing largely uphill and requires some strong drives and steely approach shots, at times crossing perpendicular hazards. In fact, the front side is a par 37 and the back nine a much shorter 35, so if you can survive out of the gate, you could be in for a strong finish.
The clubhouse is a short drive from the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and, while small, is a very pleasant place for a post-round meal and drink. They even have an at-your-table Caesar service, a Canadian staple, and you can customize yours appropriately.
June 24, 2015
Survive the Opening Stretch
My friends and I have played here many times, usually 36 holes to end our annual Whistler trip. Of the 4 top notch Whistler area courses it is the most dramatic with some astounding holes. The first is a relatively simple par 5 but the next 3 par 4s can easily result in 3 doubles or worse on your card; even if you are a very good player. The key is not to get discouraged as I have many times seen players go 50-36 and end up with a decent round.
There are many very fun holes with long downhill carries. If you are hitting your driver ( or even your 3 wood) well and relatively straight you will have a blast. Putting here can be an adventure. The greens are huge and feature large but usually visible breaks. Very important to be on the proper side of the hole.
Almost every time I've played there I have seen a bear and fortunately at a safe distance. You really do feel that you are off in the wilderness. No houses or any other buildings in sight....just glorious mountain views, rushing streams and the odd cursing golfer (sound really carries).
The only negative to me is the somewhat arrogant attitude of the staff. This has curiously developed over the years and is in marked contrast to the very friendly reception at the other Whistler courses. The Fairmont is a high end hotel chain but that should mean better service rather than the sense that you are an annoyance for being there. An example; my partners cart died on the second fairway and after phoning the shop the woman who brought a new one out seemed quite put out by the inconvenience. When we finished the attendant gave my irons a cursory wipe.....still lots of green grass in the grooves. No tip.
September 25, 2014
Up and Downhill
There are many elevation changes that combined with the course elevation makes club selection a challenge. The greens were in great shape but reading the greens was a challenge. If you pick the recommended tees for your handicap you should enjoy the round. The views from the course are spectular.
August 17, 2014
Gorgeous Views & Great Staff
My husband and I were in Whistler for a few nights on vacation and decided to go ahead and golf while we were in town. We couldn't have been happier with our experience at Chateau Whistler. We rented clubs (brand new TaylorMade sets) and played an early morning (7:20) round just the two of us. We breezed around in under 3.5 hours and barely saw anyone else on the course. The views are amazing with little to no development on the surrounding property. I've never commented on a half-way house before but wow, impressive! Also, can't say enough nice things about the staff. From the proshop staff, snack bar, half-way, cart staff... everyone was super friendly. We would definitely play this course again if we get a chance to return to Whistler.
August 17, 2014
A tough day on the greens
This course is very challenging with beautiful scenery. Its standout feature is defiantly the greens, There is a lot of break on all of them and on some of the holes you wont be able to see the break on the greens but trust there is. Make sure to pack an extra sleeve of balls . All in all just a fantastic course.
July 28, 2014
A Whistler favorite
In my book, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is every bit the top-notch Canadian mountain golf experience that the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Jasper Park offer, minus the history. The two Stanley Thompson icons have about 80 years of history on their side, but the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is comparable in its beauty and routing. There is no better view than watching your ball hang in the air against a backdrop of pines and evergreens in Whistler.
Creeks, rocks and uphill holes constantly challenge players, more than sheer length. If I had to choose one round in Whistler before my death bed, this would be it.
April 14, 2014