BC Golf Ranking the Sea to Sky Price Performers

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

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The Sea to Sky highway, stretching from Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver through Squamish and Whistler to Pemberton, is one of BC’s top tourist attractions. Among the numerous outdoor activities offered along this scenic stretch are seven incredible golf courses. The following ranks these courses in terms of price performance. Enjoy.

Honourable Mention: Garibaldi Springs Golf Resort: Squamish, British Columbia

Garibaldi Springs Golf Resort opened in 2004 after 10 years of development. It was a par-64 executive course with incredible rates including season passes and daily rates. Unfortunately, those low rates and lack of business did not bring in enough revenue to support the costs of the course, which shut down in 2010 after just six years of operation.

7. Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club: Whistler, British Columbia

fairmontchateauThe Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club is very well regarded as one of the top tourism destinations in BC. The course is usually in good condition and the service of the staff is incredible. These two things, however, don’t make up for the outrageous course design and excessive summer rates, which are currently $175/round during the peak season.

6. Furry Creek Golf & Country Club: Furry Creek, British Columbia

furrycreekMuch like the Fairmont Chateau, Furry Creek G&CC is one of the better known golf courses to tourists. The signature par 3 with the ocean surrounding the green is featured in golf travel magazines around the world, and for good reason; it really is an incredible hole. The issue with Furry Creek is that its signature hole which brings so many tourists in does not resemble the rest of the course in any way, shape or form. Like Chateau, Furry Creek has ridiculous design through steep terrain. The pace of play is quite fast, but the same cannot be said about the greens or fairways. But with summer rates of $99 including carts, one can play two rounds at Furry Creek for near the price of one at Chateau Whistler. One positive note on this course, is that its location and pace of play allow after-work play for those living in Vancouver.

5. Nicklaus North Golf Course: Whistler, British Columbia

Nicklaus-North-Golf-CourseNicklaus North is one of my favourite golf courses in the world. With beautiful scenery, excellent course maintenance and a creative Jack Nicklaus design, you’re bound to have an enjoyable time – that is, of course, if you’re willing to pay $155 for a round of golf. If price is a top priority, there are better options in the area. That said, I wouldn’t recommend going a lifetime without experiencing this masterpiece.

4. Whistler Golf Club: Whistler, British Columbia

whistlergolfWith all the world-class golf courses along the Sea to Sky, Whistler Golf Club can sometimes be overlooked. It used to be quite underrated, but over the years has slowly gained recognition as the magnificent course it is. Much like Chateau and Nicklaus North, Whistler Golf Club offers great views and top of the line course conditions. $139/round during the summer is significant, but as the least costly of the three Whistler courses, it comes highly recommended.

3. Pemberton Valley Golf & Country Club: Pemberton, British Columbia

Pemberton-Valley-GolfPemberton Valley G&CC does not have the creative design that many on this list do. What it does have is a well-maintained golf course, a casual environment, and a guaranteed great time. At $79/round on summer weekends and $59 on weekdays, Pemberton Valley is pocket change in comparison to the Whistler courses half an hour down the road.

2. Big Sky Golf & Country Club: Pemberton, British Columbia

BigSkyGolfCountry-ClubThere are no words I could use to describe how amazing Big Sky Golf & Country Club is. It is undoubtedly the most scenic, well-maintained and creative yet realistic designed course I have ever played. It’s a significant investment at $145/round during the peak season, but even at that price it’s a top price performer.

1. Squamish Valley Golf & Country Club: Squamish, British Columbia

Squamish-ValleyGolfSquamish Valley Golf & Country Club is a highly underrated and affordable Sea to Sky golf course. It is a very flat and realistic design, with elevated greens that add a great degree of difficulty. There are few truly unique aspects of the course, but even fewer flaws. It’s consistently simple yet challenging, and just $63-$69.