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.
Doglegs 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
Tree planting was purposely kept to a
minimum to preserve the incredible
panoramic views of Mount Currie, which
rises 2,591 metres ( 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!
Another legend of the golf course
architects’ fraternity, Robert Trent Jones
Jr. designed and built Whistler’s only true
mountain course, the Fairmont Chateau
Whistler Golf Club, in the early ’90s.
The course rises and falls as it follows the
contours along the base of Blackcomb
Mountain, offering dramatic backdrops to
the unique design.
Jones is an interesting character who is
also an accomplished author and poet.
His artistic leanings find their way into
his design at the Chateau course as he
talks about the principle of harmony
as it applies to golf: “At the Chateau
Whistler Golf Course the bunkers and the
snowdrifts high in the mountains relate
to each other. They’re part of the same
harmony, although they’re miles apart.”
The best example of this is the well-bunkered par- 4 13th. Those bunkers
mirror the snow you can see high above
on Blackcomb Glacier from the tee box.
Don’t leave your camera at home!
As a golf destination, Whistler is fortunate
to be home to four courses designed by
some of the biggest names in golf course
architecture. It’s recommended that you
try to play all four while you’re here, and
if you can pull your eyes away from the
stunning scenery, try to pay attention
to the subtle and not-so-subtle design
features at each course.
Will you be able to remember each
hole after your round? Will you have a
favourite designer? Fore!
BIG SK Y GOLF CLUB
PHOTO DARRYL PALMER
PHOTO DARRYL PALMER
FAIRMON T CHATEAU WHIS TLER GOLF CLUB