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Juniors golf free, among this year’s changes

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More information on the Nicklaus North Golf Course and Telus Skins Game is available at www.golfbc.com/courses/nicklaus_north

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course is also emphasizing families and value this year when it opens on May 6. In addition to participating in the youth program and offering discounts for B.C. residents, the Chateau is offering the public the use of the now completed driving range for $10 (accessible through the Lost Lake Park parking lot).

For avid golfers, guests who play a round in the morning can also play for free in the afternoon.

The clubhouse has also gone through a few changes, with the retail moving to the front, and an expanded terrace and restaurant in the back. The course also offers valet service for vehicles and clubs to make things easier for players.

Last, but not least, the course is doing away with the concept of marshals, and replacing them with guest service specialists that will be placed strategically around the course. These specialists will do everything they can to help groups and keep the pace of play moving, from raking sand traps for guests to replacing divots. The specialists will also provide golf balls to guests who hit their shots into environmentally sensitive areas of the course.

"We’re really focussed on improving the overall experience as much as we can for our guests, adding value where we can, and providing services that we know people will appreciate and will come back for again and again," said Shawna Merell, public relations manager for the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.