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August 22, 2008updated Jul 16, 2015

Whistler Golf Club celebrates 25 years

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Whistler, B.C. – The Whistler Golf Club is travelling back in time – to the eighties – to celebrate 25 years of success and golfers are invited to come along for the ride!

The first Canadian design by Arnold Palmer, the Whistler Golf Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and continues to impress visitors with its spectacular views, superb design and uncompromising course conditions. Located just steps away from Whistler Village, the Whistler Golf Club is surrounded by views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains and is home to an award-winning golf shop and the Learning and Performance Centre, offering a full series of lesson programs.

It was August 22, 1983 when Arnold Palmer opened his signature Canadian course on Whistler Way. As the first local golf course, the opening of the Whistler Golf Club was a momentous occasion for the young resort community. “It is only fitting that the anniversary of such a significant event is marked with a true local celebration,” said Alan Kristmanson, Director of Golf at the Whistler Golf Club.
Striving to offer the most exceptional guest experience, the Whistler Golf Club prides itself on its reputation for customer service. The Whistler Golf Club saw 26,655 rounds of golf played in 2007 and received numerous accolades for outstanding guest service.
“We are thrilled to be part of the extraordinary golf experience that Whistler has to offer,” added Kristmanson. “The Whistler Golf Club is the original golf course and we’ve enjoyed 25 years in the community. We feel honoured and privileged to be able to share our success with the community and visitors alike. We’re happy to celebrate our colourful past while looking forward to the future with continued success.”

On Friday, September 5, 2008 guests will have the option of participating in a morning (8 a.m.) or afternoon (2 p.m.) shotgun start. For $79 plus tax, golfers will get 18 holes of golf, use of a golf cart, complimentary retro logo hat and a BBQ lunch. Competitions, lunch-time entertainment with one of Whistler’s favourite hometown performers, Guitar Doug, and 25 per cent discounts at the golf shop will round out the fun.

And don’t forget the plaid! Prizes will be awarded for best eighties attire. At the Flashback Fashion Show, the person with the best eighties attire will be awarded with a 10-round pass. And if you happen to know of a golfer who bears an uncanny resemblance to Arnold Palmer, invite them along as there will be a 10-round pass awarded to the best Arnold Palmer lookalike as well. Judging for both the morning and afternoon shotgun events will take place at 1 p.m. on the patio during the BBQ lunch.

To book a spot for either the 8 a.m. or 2 p.m. shotgun start, call 604-932-3280 or 1-800-376-1777 or email

The Whistler Golf Club is a member of Golf Whistler, a collection of four signature golf courses which work in partnership with Tourism Whistler to promote Canada’s premier golf destination. Members of Golf Whistler include Nicklaus North Golf Course, Whistler Golf Club, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club and Big Sky Golf and Country Club.

Together, these four signature courses offer a unique mountain golf experience in North America’s top-rated year-round resort destination. Located 668 metres (2,190 feet) above sea level, Whistler’s courses feature sprawling fairways and spectacular views of the region’s snow-capped mountains. Area lakes, mountain streams, stands of ancient cedars and forested course borders offer shelter for local wildlife such as brown bears, coyote, beaver, deer, birds and more. With average summer temperatures ranging from 9 to 23 degrees Celsius (48 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit) and some of the longest days of the year May through August, players can golf from dawn to dusk and log up to three rounds daily.

Whistler also offers golfers and their families unparalleled experiences off the golf course and an extensive range of activities to choose from, including hiking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. For the more adventurous, the resort provides the opportunity to experience what’s become know as the “Whistler triathlon” – a full round of 18 holes, glacier skiing atop Blackcomb Mountain and mountain biking in the world-famous Whistler Mountain Bike Park. All this, plus a vast range of hotels, restaurants, spas and shopping and Whistler gives new meaning to those seeking a truly unique 19th hole experience.
The Whistler Golf Club offers Golf and Dine programs, Nine and Dine Anytime and special B.C. resident rates. For more information, visit Two-night/three-course golf packages start at $443 per person. To book, visit

Whistler is a year-round leisure and meeting destination located in the Coast Mountains 120 kilometres (75 miles) north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is site of the alpine, Nordic, and sliding events for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler has a range of accommodations totalling 3,200 hotel rooms, and more than 5,000 other tourist accommodation units including condos, B&Bs and chalets. Whistler offers a wide selection of restaurants, bars, spas, boutiques, and activities from world-renowned skiing and snowboarding, mountain biking and golf, to hiking, rock climbing, and watersports. Whistler Blackcomb Mountains feature 3,036 hectares (8,171 acres) of terrain and receive an average of 1005 centimetres (33 feet) of snow annually. The Resort Municipality of Whistler is home to a diverse community of more than 10,000 permanent residents.

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization representing Whistler, operating the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, the Whistler Golf Club, the Whistler Visitor Centres and, as well as 1.800.WHISTLER and – Whistler’s official source for visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than 7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

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