The prettiest golf club North of 60

In October 1976 the Hay River Elks Club decided to undertake the building of a golf course and club house on the outskirts of Hay River, Northwest Territories. The Town was advised and in November of that year the Elks Club received approval to proceed with their plan. Over the next few years the site was approved by the Town and the course was designed and surveyed under the leadership of the Elks Club. Emphasis was placed on the completion the course and the club house work stopped. The original plan was to install grass greens, but winter kill made that option not practical and so oil and sand greens were installed.

In 1984 there was sufficient work done on the course that the golf course could be opened. Play started that summer as work continued on the course and on the clubhouse. The local Elks Cub operated the course for the first two summers. On October 24, 1985 the Hay River Golf Club – a not for profit society – was formed and they took over the operation of the golf club. They have operated the club ever since that time. The Elks Club has remained a active partner with the club. The clubhouse was later completed and functioned as a joint clubhouse for golf in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.

During the winter of 1993 a fire destroyed  the clubhouse. The golf club operated out of a trailer while a new club house was being built. The new club house, just for golf, was completed in 1994. In 2000 the golf club executive made the decision to install artificial greens to replace the oil and sand greens. With the help of government grants, the project was undertaken and the new greens where in play for the 2001 season. The golf club was hit by another fire in 2003 when the maintenance shed caught fire over night and burnt to the ground. Over the next two years a steel Quonset shed was installed and slowly all the destroyed equipment was replaced. Work continues each year to upgrade and maintain the Prettiest Golf Course North of 60.