Golf courses get out to early start 

Juniors golf free, among this year’s changes

Calling all duffers, hackers, slicers, hookers, toppers, three-putters, four-putters, and other breeds of golfers:

Whistler’s golf clubs are getting ready to open within the next week, with lots of new perks for all kinds of players, from locals to B.C. residents to youths to beginners to pros.

With a light snowpack in the valley this year, Whistler golf course crews have had an early start and will open with some of the best early season conditions in a long time.

New to Whistler, all three local courses will be offering free green fees for youth golfers 16 and under when accompanied by a paying adult. Special rates for B.C. Residents are also in effect, with savings of $20-$30 per person per round, and specials for foursomes and late afternoon tee times.

The Whistler Golf Club

Whistler Golf Club is getting off to its earliest start in course history, opening this Friday, April 29 with a few new changes.

The Club has a brand new cart fleet, new bunkers on holes 6 and 15, and a renovation of the bunkers on 16.

"This will add a few new challenges to the course, as well as add to the beauty of the experience," explained Ro Davies, sales manager for the club.

The club has kept the same season’s pass rates for locals as last year, and is continuing to offer a wide range of clinics for all levels. The Practice and Learning centre has been open since the beginning of April, and spots are filling up fast says Davies.

Particularly popular are the club’s five session clinics for women, beginners and intermediates for $189. Each off the five sessions includes an hour of instruction, followed by a round of golf in the afternoons.

Whistler’s Locals’ Day will also be back this year on May 5, with green fees of $39 and proceeds going towards a local charity. The club is accepting applications from charity recipients up to April 29.

The 19 th Hole is also going to be a little different this year. The Whistler Golf Club has taken over the restaurant, extending the patio and changing the menu. Every day there will be food and drink specials, as well as some of the lowest prices anywhere in Whistler.

"This is going to be the best summer patio in Whistler, and the setting is unbelievable," said Davies. "Our new motto is ‘Palmer’s design, Whistler’s attitude.’"

Another perk the club is offering golfers is the ability to match the price on any brand of clubs sold in the province, while having your clubs professionally fitted.

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