This scenic 6,635-yard mountain course plays in a valley and along terraces overlooking the European-style Whistler Village, in rugged British Columbia. It boasts views of the glacier-capped Coast Mountains, 400-ft elevation changes, massive granite outcroppings, and Douglas firs lining generous fairways. The longest of the four sets of tees plays to a daunting maximum slope rating of 142. Bear, deer, and bobcats roam the landscape. Chateau Whistler Golf Club blends well with the natural terrain.
Chateau Whistler opens with a 505-yard warm-up hole, followed by a short par four where the green slopes dramatically toward a creek at the back. Number three is an uphill dogleg left with a hairpin approach over a ravine. The eighth hole, a 212-yard par three, is defined by a pond along the entire left side, granite cliffs to the right, and an 80-ft drop from tee to green. The seventeenth hole twice crosses a musical creek.
The design of Chateau Whistler expresses artistic principles. As Robert Trent Jones, Jr. explains, "The principle of harmony in art requires that the foreground and near ground have some shape or form or color which feels harmonious when you walk into the landscape. At the level of golf art, this has to extend beyond the golf course. It's not just the frame; it's everything. At the Chateau Whistler golf course the bunkers and the snowdrifts high in the mountains relate to each other. They're part of the same harmony, although they're miles apart."