Despite heavy snowfall and a late spring, Whistler’s golf courses are preparing to open next week — a week later than planned, but local pros are predicting good things for early season.
All courses will be honouring the usual Golf B.C. programs, including lower rates for B.C. residents booking in advance, a program where kids golf for free when accompanied by a paying adult, and the Golf Whistler Passport. The spring and fall passport (good until May 29 and after Sept. 29) is available for $299 and entitles the carrier to one round of golf, including a cart, at Nicklaus North, Whistler Golf Club, Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club and Big Sky and Golf and Country Club. The summer passport in $449, and runs from May 30 to Sept. 28.
Passholders are also entitled to a rate of $119, including a cart, anytime of the year.
While local courses are on the same page when it comes to attracting golfers to the region, each course also has something different to offer this season.
Whistler Golf Club
Whistler Golf Club is celebrating its 25 th year in operation this year, and head pro Alan Kristmanson is anxious to get the celebration started. The course is slated to open on Friday, May 9, with all the greens and features in play.
“It’s early season conditions with the late snow, but we’re in good shape,” he said. “It could dry out a little and we still have snow in a few spots, but we’re forecasting heat for the weekend so we should be good to go. Conditions should actually be quite good.”
In recent years the Whistler Golf Club has done extensive renovating to the course, rebuilding the fairways and greens several years ago and adding a $1.2 million irrigation system last season.
“The guest doesn’t see it, but it’s something we’re excited about,” said Kristmanson. “We’ve doubled the number of sprinkler heads on the course so we have better coverage, and we also put in a system with independent head control so we can also use less water. We used to have to turn on five or 10 heads at a time, but now we can isolate heads and run them at different percentages to use less water.”
No major renovations are planned for this year, but the club is investing in new maintenance equipment. The real focus, says Kristmanson, is celebrating the Whistler Golf Club’s 25 th anniversary. The original logo will make an appearance, as well as photos taken on opening day when course designer Arnold Palmer was on hand to tee off.