One of three federal territories in Canada, Northwest Territories only had its current borders defined in 1999 when the adjacent territory of Nunavut was created. Extending to over half a million square miles, the region varies in climate from sub arctic in the south to polar in the north so its population of around 40,0000 people really do live in the roof of the northern hemisphere.
There are half a dozen courses situated in the Northwest Territories, five of which are 9-hole affairs located in Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Gameti, Hay River and – way, way up north at the most northerly golf course in North America – the small village of Ulukhaktok. The only full sized layout sits close to the airport at Yellowknife, where golfers play off mats on sand fairways that lead to artificially grassed putting surfaces.
Formed in 1948, Yellowknife Golf Club is recognised as having the most northerly 18-hole course in the country and because of its extreme location, it holds the annual Canadian North Midnight Classic event over the weekend closest to 21st of June, the longest day, when golfers play competitively into the wee sma’ hours of the morning.