Designed by Jack Nicklaus, 6,908 yards, par 72, rating 73.5, slope
North Golf Course
in the resort destination of Whistler British Columbia in 1997,
and immediately named as one of the top golf courses in Canada by
Score Magazine, Nicklaus North Golf Course is the embodiment of
the class, style and competitiveness you would expect from the Golden
Bear himself. In typical Golden Bear fashion, the Nicklaus North
course offers golfers of all levels an intriguing debate between
risk and reward on almost every tee.
will find wide landing areas but long approaches to well defended
greens. Longer hitters will find enticing landing areas that are
reachable only if you manage to fly the water hazards or fairway
bunkers that invariably guard that portion of the fairway.
other hole better typifies this kind of risk-reward golf than the
par-four ninth. At just 376 yards from the back tee, this hole sounds
like a guaranteed par. Take a second more involved look though and
you will begin to see the Nicklaus magic emerge. The first portion
of this dog-leg left is entirely water; therefore, the further back
on the tees you go, the tighter the angle to the fairway and the
more water you will have to carry off the tee.
playing off the forward tees will only need a long iron or fairway
wood up the left or the middle to reach short-iron range to the
green. Lower handicappers will have to wrestle between two options:
#1 take a conservative fairway wood up the middle, #2 rip a drive
up the left side and have a sand wedge in to the green. The only
problem with the second option is the deep fairway bunker that sits
on the left side of the fairway at 235 from the back tees. If you
donít manage to carry the bunker, you will have little opportunity
to go for the green. If the drive is too far left you will find
yourself in the fescue or behind the tall tress that line the fairway.
If you push the ball to the right, you find yourself with two green
side bunkers to carry and a difficult angle of attack.
With all of
these negative possibilities, the smarter strategy is clearly to
play conservatively. No one ever accused golfers of being smart
though! Take out the driver and blast it over the bunker on the
left side. You will be left staring at a short pitch or easy wedge
to the green and a golden opportunity for bird. Besides, with our
golferís powers of selective memory you wonít have to worry about
remembering it if it didn't work out!
matter what your game, Nicklaus North Golf Course, with its immaculate
conditioning, incredible views, and incomparable service, is a course
you are sure to remember for a long time. Be sure to include Nicklaus
North in any Whistler golfing trip with BC Golf Vacations.