2019 Mazda Fall Classic | WHISTLER, B.C., CANADA

You'll never forget Whistler Golf!

What makes a golf course “great”? According to renowned golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., “The hallmark of a great course resides in a golfer’s ability to remember and visualize all the holes after playing the course once.”

Whistler will not disappoint! We will golf the top four courses in the area over 6 days. If you can pull your eye away from the stunning scenery, look for strategic options on various shots throughout each round.

Look for some wildlife as well!

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club

Day 1 & Day 4 | September 5 & 8

Mountain golf at its finest.
An experience like no other.
6635 yards of spectacular views.
Soaring ancient cedars, waterfalls and glaciers beckon the eye.
And keeping your eye on the ball…is all part of the challenge!

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is Whistler’s only true mountain course, designed and built by legendary golf course architect, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. in the early ‘90s. The Audubon-certified course rises and falls as it follows the contours along the base of Blackcomb Mountain, offering dramatic backdrops to the unique design.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler photos by Bob Huxtable. Used with permission.
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The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course traverses creeks, ponds, stands of ancient Douglas fir and granite rock.  Elevation changes of more than 400 feet overall create an impressive golf opportunity and a spectacular BC golf experience.  Wildlife, scenery and incredible vistas are signature of The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course. Carved out of the slopes of the Coast Mountain range in British Columbia, this magnificent Whistler golf course allows nature to dictate the path without constraints of commercial influence.

Big Sky Golf Club

Day 2 | September 6

Big Sky... Endless Views

A Premiere Public Golf Course | Top Ranked Course in Pemberton, B.C.

Get ready to breathe deep the crisp, clean mountain air. Then line up your shot, with the ever-present and massive Mount Currie always keeping watch over the Pemberton Valley. Almost every hole is breathtaking with scenery surrounded by mountains. There are streams and a lake on the course and native grasses off the fairways. The greens are well maintained and fast with lots of challenges along the way. Designed by Robert (Bob) Cupp in 1993, it has since matured into one of the top golf courses in Canada.

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"On what was essentially a potato field, Cupp laid out a stunning track that includes seven lakes and a serpentine creek that comes into play on many holes. Dog legs both left and right, long holes that play into the prevailing wind, strategic bunkering and risk-reward options at every hole make Big Sky a memorable challenge.

"Tree planting was purposely kept to a minimum to preserve the incredible panoramic views of Mount Currie, which rises 2,591 meters (8,500 feet) above sea level. Stand on the long, par-4 14th tee deck and notice how your drive seems to hang suspended in air against the backdrop of this majestic mountain!

Excerpted from article in Whistler Traveller by Darryl Palmer

Nicklaus North Golf Club

Day 3 & Day 6 | September 7 & 10

Snowcapped Whistler peaks.
A brilliant emerald-colored lake.
Majestic fir trees.
Fresh, invigorating mountain air.
Whistler Golf at its Finest.

Nestled at the base of the majestic Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, and along the shores of glacial fed Green Lake, lies the legacy of a legend. Nicklaus North Golf Course, designed by Jack Nicklaus, boasts breathtaking scenery, exceptional guest service, unmatched course conditioning and challenging course design; everything that true legends are made of. It includes many of Jack’s trademark design characteristics: big, wide fairways, a couple of double greens and exceptionally challenging par 3s.

This “Signature Design” par 71, 6961 yard, Championship course offers five sets of tees combining challenge and enjoyment for all golfers. The course winds along a gentle valley floor offering you a spectacular setting as your golfing skills are tested to the fullest. Its generous fairways and greens are large, receptive and impeccably manicured. An environmentally-conscious project, completed with awareness and sensitivity towards the area’s natural habitat, this course was built to the highest specifications using premium golf course construction technology.

Click on any image to view full size. | Some photos by Darryl Palmer. Used with permission of Nicklaus North Golf Club.

Winner of numerous awards since its opening in 1996, Nicklaus North has played host to events such as the Skins Game and the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf, welcoming some of golf's biggest names such as Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, Ernie Els, Greg Norman, Fred Couples, John Daly, Vijay Singh and Stephen Ames to name a few. 

Just minutes from the resort village of Whistler, British Columbia, Nicklaus North stands out as one of the great courses in North America. It's no wonder this is only one of a few rare golf courses in the world bearing Jack Nicklaus' name.

Whistler Golf Club

Day 5 | September 9

“Three things make a great golf course:
scenery, challenge and fun;
and my course at Whistler has them all.” – Arnold Palmer

Whistler Golf Club is Arnold Palmer's first Canadian design. While the spectacular snowcapped mountain views, signature design and uncompromising course conditions are standard fare, it is the friendly, relaxed and helpful personality of the course staff that makes a Whistler Golf Club experience uniquely Whistler. We call it "Palmer's Design...Whistler's Attitude."

In an article in Whistler Traveller, Darryl Palmer writes: "Arnold Palmer-designed courses are renowned for their green sites and his Whistler layout is no exception. The course is surrounded by old-growth cedars, five lakes and Crabapple Creek, which winds its way strategically through the fairways.

New bent-grass greens were installed in 2012 and are often referred to as the firmest and fastest in the valley. Rolling undulations place a premium on where the player leaves the ball in relation to the pin. No other hole exemplifies that better than the par-3 eighth. If the pin is in a front-hole location and you’ve hit it to the back of the green, good luck trying not to three-putt!"

Whistler Golf Club Hole #10: Windtalker

A classic short par 4. This dogleg right is guarded by a lake left and Crabapple Creek, which lines the right side and cuts in front of the green. Maybe the toughest second shot on the course. Take two more clubs when the wind is up.

Whistler Golf Club Hole #16: The Gallery

What a view! A good tee shot gives you a chance to hit the green in two. Be careful, this green is very well guarded by water and sand.

Area Wildlife

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Whistler's natural surroundings provide ideal homes for many different species of wildlife, including bears, cougars, deer, marmots, pika, hares, squirrels, chipmunks, otters, beavers and more. The marmot (a rock-dwelling rodent), is what gave Whistler its name. Marmots whistle to warn other marmots of potential danger and their calls can be heard throughout Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains where they live.

Whistler is on the natural migratory route for numerous bird species from hummingbirds to bald eagles. Some birds like the Stellar’s Jay, Ptarmigan and Whiskey Jack live in Whistler all year round. Thousands of Bald Eagles gather on the Sqaumish River Valley to feast on spawning salmon. The world record for an eagle count was in 1994 at 3,769 in a single day!

Black bears are commonly seen wandering around through the trails, mountainside or parks looking for berries. From mid-March to November bears are active and looking for food. Often, their appetite draws them to urban areas with garbage which is why there are bear-proof litter bins throughout Whistler Village.

Another Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience!

2019 Mazda Fall Classic

Whistler, B.C. - Canada
September 5 - 11, 2019