British Columbia Golf: Top 3 Sea-to-Sky Golf Courses for the Low Handicapper

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Written by Riley Jones posted on Monday, January 21st, 2013

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There’s a certain type of golf course for every type golfer. For example, high handicappers will perform better on short, slow courses, while low handicappers will excel (or prefer, at least) a long, well-conditioned course and challenging course. The following are the three best Vancouver-area courses for those low handicap golfers.

3. Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club – Squamish, BC

Squamish-Valley-GolfWhen you hear about the most popular and most scenic golf courses, Squamish Valley G&CC is not usually one of the listed; but it should be. It’s simple yet creative and unique yet realistic. On top of that, it’s the most affordable course on the Sea to Sky. At 6,463yds, Squamish Valley is not as long as the other considerations on this list, but its narrow design and difficult turtle-back greens make this course well-worthy of the list. Squamish Valley has a slope of 126 and a rating of 71.4.

2. Nicklaus North Golf Course – Whistler, BC

Nicklaus-North-Golf-CourseNicklaus North is the best golf course in Whistler, with a pleasant medium between the simplicity of Whistler Golf Club and the absurdity of Chateau Whistler. At Nicklaus North, you’re almost guaranteed to get great course conditions, exquisite views, and even some wildlife. The 6,961yd course has a rating of 73.2 and slope of 143.

1. Big Sky Golf & Country Club – Pemberton, BC


Up last is my absolute favourite of the 50+ courses I’ve played in my life, Big Sky G&CC. Big Sky is home to the most incredibly conditioned fairways and greens, breathtaking scenery and beautifully designed holes. Whether you’re already visiting Whistler or coming all the way from Vancouver or even further, it’s well worth the drive for this world-class course.