One of a handful of golf courses in Northern Ontario which are operated by Sudbury Golf, Timberwolf was designed by Thomas McBroom and opened for play in the mid-1990s, quickly establishing itself as a preferred venue on the Canadian Tour over a three-year period, starting in 1999. It has since gone on to host the Canadian PGA Senior Championship, the Ontario Ladies Amateur and Ontario Junior Championship.
The course is laid out within a vast tract of land, where everything is done on a grand scale. For example, the greens here are enormous, averaging 7,000 square feet, and they vary in size from 5,500 square feet on the opening hole to 9,000 square feet on the par three 15th. The layout is noted for its tough par fours, as well as its difficult par five at holes 9 and 18, both of which feature environmentally protected wetland areas.
The only downside to Timberwolf is the remoteness of its location, as bemoaned by owner Sam Yawney: "It's obviously a great golf course but when you mention Sudbury to most Toronto people, they think you're talking about the Arctic Circle. They would think nothing of driving three and a half hours south to go somewhere like Cleveland, but going north? That's a whole different matter”. Perhaps it’s time more golfers were prepared to head in the opposite direction.