The Chateau Whistler Golf Club Whistler, British Columbia, has long been one of North America's best ski destinations. For me, it's also become synonymous with great golf.
I recently traveled to Whistler with a group of publishers from golfing magazines worldwide to compete in the Publisher's Cup and Conference. We stayed at the gorgeous Chateau Whistler Resort (a Canadian Pacific Hotel). Nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, it has 558 guest rooms, a 4,200-square-foot spa, and meeting space for up to 1,200 people.
The golf knocked my socks off. We played two rounds at the Chateau Whistler Golf Club, where Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed what is arguably his best work: a 6,635-yard, par-72 course that follows the natural terrain. The course features a rise of 300 feet and winds through rock-strewn streams, ponds, stands of ancient Douglas firs, and granite outcroppings. Among the highlights: a wild green set in a natural canyon and a 200-yard downhill play to a green guarded by a lake and a massive granite wall.
We also played the spectacular Big Sky Golf and Country Club in Pemberton, about 30 minutes north of Whistler. Here, the Robert Cupp-designed par-72 course is set at the base of Mount Currie and bordered with waterfalls. --Peter Huestis, Group Publisher, CMI