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The Best of the Best 2003: International Golf Resorts - Fairmont Chateau Whistler

James Y. Bartlett

You don’t need to travel thousands of miles to experience an internationally flavored golf resort, and in this day and age, that is good news. Just 82 miles north of Vancouver and not that much farther from Seattle is the elegant Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a towering faux château that opened in 1989.

Located at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain and a short walk from the shops, restaurants, and cafés of the town of Whistler, the château offers comfortable suites, an excellent selection of restaurants, and the full-service Vida Wellness Spa and its extensive menu of ayurvedic treatments.

Golfers will enjoy the Robert Trent Jones Jr. course that plunges into the wild country of British Columbia. Raging mountain streams, granite outcroppings, thick Douglas fir forests, and open meadows filled with wild lupine make a round at the Chateau Whistler Golf Club a visual delight. Seven other courses are located in and around Whistler, including the strenuous Nicklaus North course and the scenic Big Sky Golf and Country Club.

Chateau Whistler is universally recognized as one of the world’s top ski resorts in winter. Its summer offerings are equally impressive.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler, 604.938.8000, www.fairmont.com

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