Pemberton Golf Preview
Photo by Dave Steers
Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015
Pemberton is lucky to have two par 72 championship level golf courses located side by side! The Meadows at Pemberton & Big Sky Golf Course provide two varying experiences catering to the beginner level player and the advanced pro. Read a quick bio on each course below including, current rates, signature holes and picture gallery.
The Meadows at Pemberton
The Meadows at Pemberton was initially designed as a 9 hole course, founded by the local farmers and citizens who wanted to create a new leisure activity to participate during weekends. Since its inception, the course has added a back 9 and developed a beautiful new clubhouse and restaurant. Due to the development of a front 9 followed by the back 9 the course has a very different feel to it from front to back.
The first 9 holes are very wide open with a number of lakes and sparse tree coverage providing the only real danger off the tee. The front 9 is full of scorable par fours including hole #3, #7 and #8. These holes are offset however by the long par three's #4 and #6. The front 9 can be very scorable if you avoid the water hazards and play to the large parts of the greens. The first 9 is also home to The Meadows signature hole #8. Only 299 yards from the back tees this short par four is equipped with an island green, forcing you lay up at about 200 yards or go for the gusto. A two-tiered green puts an emphasis on where you place your second shot, miss the desired tier and force yourself to make a long undulated putt.
While the front 9 is fairly wide open the back 9 is a completely different story. The back 9 has been carved out of a forested woodland leaving each hole lined with trees at some point. Keeping it straight off the tee on the back is the name of the game. If you're spraying your driver that particular day, it's best left in the bag. The back 9 is also home to what many call the hardest hole in the Sea to Sky. The par four #12 is a great golf hole albeit very difficult one. A sharp dogleg left forces you to lay-up with your 210-yard club or take your chances by cutting it over a large dogwood tree on the left. A good drive only sets up the harder shot - the approach to the green. An elevated saucer green means that any shot off target ricochets off the green and into the woods. Good shots are rewarded on this hole, off-line shots are rejected.
Why should I play here?
If you're a fan of playability and affordability this is your course. The Meadows is an excellent course and is a great round for the value. The Black Squirrel restaurant serves up great food, even if you just want to eat and pass on the golf. The best bang for your buck in the Sea to Sky
Rates | 8AM - 2PM: $49, $59 weekend, 2PM - 5PM: $39, $29 weekend, 5PM: $20, $25 weekend
Big Sky Golf Course
Designed by renowned golf architect Bob Cupp Big Sky Golf Club is one of the most recognized golf courses in Canada. Winner of countless design awards the course was recently named #33 in Score Golf Canada's top golf courses in Canada & the #1 public course in B.C by the BCPGA.
What makes Big Sky so special is it's fantastic location and it's a throwback style to links golf. The course flows effortlessly throughout the landscape and offers a challenge to golfers of all abilities. The course is a mixture of pure links style golf - rolling hills to elevated greens, combined with a number of sweeping water hazards and endless sand traps. Big Sky is very much laid out in front of you. There's no blind tee shots or hidden greens. What you see is what you get with this course. And what you see is a simple yet beautifully crafted golf course. The course is sodded entirely with bent grass greens and fairways making for free flowing fairways and true putts. Big Sky recently installed new greens this year making the course even more of a delight to play.
Holes to look out for on Big Sky include the par 5 fourth hole. Named purgatory this hole can eat you up and spit you out if not played properly. Four creeks cut across the fairway on this hole, splitting the hole into three fairway sections and one green section. It's imperative to know your distances on this hole as most players will lay up with three shots before they attack the green.
The signature hole at Big Sky is #18 another par 5. The closing hole is equipped with a large lake running up the entire right-hand side of the fairway. The lake must be respected, but the challenging area of this hole is around the green area. A portion of the lake runs into a water hazard in front of the green, which is also surrounded by large bunker on the front and right-hand side. Players with the length to reach the green in two must choose between laying up or attacking a green with stiff penalties all around. The finishing hole also overlooks the patio of the beautiful log cabin style clubhouse. The 18th hole is a perfect visual to close out your round and a great place to heckle your buddies still out on the course.
Why should I play here?
If you want quality there's no beating Big Sky. It's the highest rated course in the Sea to Sky, that includes Whistler and Squamish. A great staff and four-star clubhouse make you feel like you're at a resort when you arrive. Home to the best patio in Pemberton 3 years running the Fescues Restaurant is a great place to grab a post-round beverage or meal. The course is more expensive than its neighbour, but extravagance in life always is.
Rates | AM: $149, PM: $99...