By Abby Cooper
When asked to join some girlfriends for 9-holes of golf at The Meadows at Pemberton, I was a bit worried. I’m not a good golfer by any means- but they reassured me it was going to be a great time so I gladly accepted. Any chance to enjoy a great evening outdoors with friends and stunning views, count me in! Upon exiting the course’s personal shuttle (free of charge from Whistler, I might add) the stillness and beauty of the Pemberton Valley welcomed us to The Meadows at Pemberton golf course. I forget how a quick trip to Pemberton can really change the daily pace of life. Mount Currie, the course’s most epic backdrop feature, was glistening in the sun as we grabbed our clubs and hopped into our complimentary golf carts. The atmosphere was filled with excitement from all the eager ladies ready to get their game on- how could it not be? The warm sun was shining, the carts were loaded with clubs and nothing but good times and amazing food ahead of us!
Brad, The Meadows’ own course instructor, laid down the (very few) rules and explained the optional but fun course challenges of the evening then assigned us a starting hole before firing the air horn and sending us loose! The format for the night is a scramble- each player tees off but all players have to take their next shot from the person’s ball that landed closest to the green. As a newbie of a golfer I found this format really fun. It kept things social and moving a bit quicker and minus a few frustrations knowing that, if or more likely when, my ball flew into a sand trap I didn’t have to hit it. This is when it’s nice to have a semi-experienced golfer on your team!
Fear not if you’re all newbies! Brad was there to save the day! Brad made multiple rounds through the 9 holes while we played to check in on all the teams and offer pointers, tips and answered any questions. Brad lent some great tips to the ladies in my group– thanks Brad!
Starting at 5pm meant that we had time to play 9 holes of scramble golf before heading to The Black Squirrel for dinner. This was our time to shine for swag. We were working towards a few challenges that included getting closest to the pin, longest putt and longest drive. These feats would be rewarded with prizes at dinner and that was motivation enough to keep us on our game!
Many swings and laughs later, we found ourselves at The Black Squirrel restaurant for dinner and wine tasting. The lovely Heleen , co-founder at Fort Berens Winery in Lillooet, greeted us with 4 wines to taste, all of which were a treat for the palate.
Sipping wine in the evening sun on the scenic patio of The Black Squirrel was perfect, but what really topped it off to be just an overall amazing evening were the ladies themselves.
Being new to golf it was a little intimidating attending ladies night but there were no judgments or attitudes there, just new friends. From the warm welcome on the shuttle to the end of the evening “Cheers!” over dinner I left ladies night with a new appreciation for golf, a new love for the pure beauty and serenity at The Meadows of Pemberton and a whole bunch of new golfer girlfriends. I’ll be back for you ladies night, maybe with a few more skills next time!
– FYI: Ladies Night is $45 and includes 9 (or 18 holes if you have the day), golf cart, dinner, prizes and a delicious dinner at The Black Squirrel restaurant (dietary options available).
– Bringing bug spray and a light jacket isn’t a bad idea, just in case!
– If you want to play 18 holes instead of the 9 that is included on ladies night, start your game at 2:30pm and jump in for the festivities when things kick off at 5:30pm for the remaining 9 holes.
– Opt for the free shuttle from Whistler and Pemberton village over driving in so that you can do a little bit more than just wine tasting!
A lover of all things outdoors, Abby Cooper is a splitboarder, hiker, adventurer, year round snow seeker, photographer and writer. She’s living life one adventure to the next with her dog by her side.