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Destination: Whistler

WHISTLER, B.C. - Welcome to Whistler, a hip mountain getaway two hours north of Vancouver that's becoming almost as popular for golf as it is for its outdoor adventures.

You can play 18 holes in the morning and be mountain biking down steep trails by noon. Or ride a jet boat up a secluded mountain river in the morning and tee off at a world-class country club just hours later. While the golf courses in Whistler are astounding, so are its off-the-course pursuits. If you're brave at heart and long off the tee, Whistler's the place for you.

Whistler golf: Like mountain golf? The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, designed by Robert Trent Jones, is scenic and satisfying. Many of the downhill tee balls soar against a backdrop of peaks and pines.

How about championship tests? The par-71 Jack Nicklaus North Golf Club, the only course in the world designed by Nicklaus with his name on it, has hosted the TELUS Skins Game.

Want a country club setting? Big Sky Golf & Country Club in Pemberton, 25 minutes north of Whistler, oozes with class at the foot of Mt. Currie. The 7,001-yard Bob Cupp design is parking-lot flat, but still a challenge to play with seven lakes and a crafty creek.

How about hip-hop golf that's priced just right? The 6,676-yard Whistler Golf Club, designed by Arnold Palmer, started the local golf craze, opening in 1983. The four add up to one of the top golf destinations in North America.

Whistler off-course activities: Whistler is one of the world's mountain biking meccas. There are 100-plus kilometers of trails serviced by three lifts, dropping some 4,800 vertical feet. It wouldn't be an adventure destination without bungee jumping. The brave-hearted can make the leap form a 300-foot-long pedestrian bridge that spans a canyon gorge with a river below. Guided fishing, alpine hiking and kayaking/canoeing tours are also popular. Several local companies offer superb whitewater rafting, like Whistler River Adventures or Wedge Rafting. Driving Hummers and ATVs are available through Cougar Mountain at Whistler.

Whistler dining: With 93 restaurants, Whistler's menu is as diverse as many large cities. The Wildflower Restaurant, inside the Fairmont, has Whistler's only four-Diamond rating by AAA/CAA and was named to Wine Spectator's "Best Of, Award of Excellence" for 2004. Hy's Steakhouse serves Alberta Steaks to die for, if you save enough room after the cheese toast. The food and atmosphere at the chic Bear Foot Bistro transcend good dining. They're about living the good life. The Den Restaurant inside the clubhouse at Nicklaus North features a winning "golf and dining" package. It's hard to fathom which you'll enjoy more - the golf or the grub.

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Nicklaus North Golf Course Whistler $85 - $155
Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club Whistler $69 - $159
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