Iceland

Iceland is different… very different. It’s a country of contrast and contradiction. Not least because it’s icy but also because it has a landscape, which could easily have landed from Mars. Anyway, the county is an ice capped marvel, with the odd glacier, many geysers a few volcanoes and lots of waterfalls. Basically it has a bit of everything, including perhaps the tastiest seafood in the world and perhaps the loveliest people too. But there’s much more to Iceland than that. Factor in 24 hours of summer daylight and what have you got?

Yes, you guessed it… Iceland has 24-hour golf. According to the Icelandic Golf Association there are more than 60 golf courses to choose from and about 40,000 affiliated club members. There is good golf to be played in Iceland and plenty of it. When we say plenty, we mean largely between May and September, before the Arctic chill kicks in.

One Icelandic golf project worth watching is a proposed true links course called Black Sand, which, if it ever happens, will become the most northerly links in the world. According to Sir Nick, “There are some very interesting features here – not least of all the black volcanic sand that will make up the bunkers – and I’m confident that this course will help to put Icelandic golf firmly on the map.” We checked with the office of Faldo Design in October 2013 and sadly the Black Sand project is still on hold.

Our rankings of the Top 10 Golf Courses of Iceland were last updated in January 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Iceland

Keilir

1st Iceland Ranking

The Keilir clubhouse commands spectacular views out over the Atlantic Ocean across the bay to "Snaefellsjokull" the glacier where Jules Verne’s "Journey to the Centre of the Earth" took place.

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Reykjavik (Grafarholt)

2nd Iceland Ranking

Although Reykjavik Golf Club was founded in 1934, the Grafarholt course opened for play in 1963 and a Swede, Niels Skjold, designed it.

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Sudurnesja (Holmsvollur)

3rd Iceland Ranking

The Hólmsvöllur course at Suðurnesja was constructed on farmland and involved the removal of stonewalls and boulders before the fairways could be shaped.

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Vestmannaeyja

4th Iceland Ranking

Golf was first played here at Vestmannaeya Golf Club in 1938. Today’s 18-hole layout is a short but spectacular par 70, which measures 5,820 yards.

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Reykjavik (Korpa)

5th Iceland Ranking

Hannes Thorsteinsson, the prolific Icelandic architect, designed the second course at the venerable Reykjavik Golf Club and the Korpa opened its eighteen tees for play in 1997.

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Leynir - Akranes

6th Iceland Ranking

Leynir Golf Club in Akranes is the home course of Birgir Leifur Hafþórsson, Iceland’s only representative on the European Tour to date.

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Oddur (Urrida)

7th Iceland Ranking

Oddur Golf Club was designed as a member’s track rather than a tough layout, but the club hosted the Icelandic Golf Championship in 2006 and players then realised it wasn’t as easy as they imagined.

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Thorlakshofn

8th Iceland Ranking

Thorlakshofn Golf Club lies along the shore on black sandy terrain and represents the best example of a links course in Iceland.

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Kidjaberg

9th Iceland Ranking

Kidjaberg Golf Club (located to the east of Reykjavik) has been an 18-holer since 2005 and the course lies on the banks of the glacial river Hvitá and it’s no pushover as the Icelandic Championship was held here in 2010.

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Akureyri

10th Iceland Ranking

The course at Akureyri Golf Club is called Jaðarsvöllur and it’s situated in the north east of Iceland at the head of the long Eyjafiordur Bay.

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