Golf News for Thursday, April 21, 2005 | Courses

Golf Whistler introduces Kids Play Free, Family Links Golf Festival

Whistler, B.C. - Whistler loves families and families will love Whistler
even more this year thanks to Golf Whistler's new Junior Golf Program
aimed at building interest and golf opportunities for kids and parents.
In an unprecedented move, all four championship golf courses in Whistler
will be adding Junior Tees and at each of the three village-based
courses Kids Play Free all season long if accompanied by a paying adult.
The program kicks off with the first annual Whistler Family Links Golf
Festival presented by Global TV, May 20 - 22.

"Whistler is a favourite place for parents and kids, and golf is a great
way to bring the entire family together," says Dean Larson, Chair of
Golf Whistler and Director of Sales and Marketing for Big Sky Golf and
Country Club. "Golf Whistler wanted to put something together that
celebrates families and encourages kids to come out and enjoy the game.
We think this exciting program will do just that."

The Whistler Family Links Festival offers kids and the young-at-heart a
weekend of golf and light-hearted fun complete with exciting prizes,
golf clinics, special deals, a wrap-up celebration and much more.
Festival participants will also enjoy special long drive exhibitions
performed by Brian Pavlet, the number one ranked long driver in the
world, on May 21 and 22. Entry for the two-day festival is $99 Cdn ($79
US) for adults and $50 Cdn ($40 US) for kids ages 10 to 18. For those
looking for extra golf tips, kids are invited to check out one of the
many junior golf clinics offered at all the golf courses throughout the
season. Full schedule, program and festival entry information is
available at or 1-866-338-4026.

Golf Whistler is a collection of signature courses located in Canada's
number one golf destination including Nicklaus North Golf Course,
Whistler Golf Club, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club and Big Sky
Golf and Country Club. On April 16, Big Sky Golf and Country Club kicked
off the golf season. Whistler Golf Club opens on April 29 and by May 6
each of Whistler's four championship golf courses are expected to be
open for play and ready for an exciting year with a host of events,
packages and programs. Information, tee times and complete Whistler golf
vacation packages are available at or

Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization
representing Whistler, and operating the TELUS Conference Centre at
Whistler, the Whistler Golf Club and the
Official Site of Whistler. As the convention and visitors bureau for the
Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than
7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on
resort lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and
retail shops.

Whistler publication-ready photographs can be downloaded at

Media contact:
Breton Murphy - Manager, Community & Media Relations
Telephone: 604-935-3356
Websites: or