The ancient settlement of Kidjaberg is mentioned in Landnámabók, the medieval Icelandic written work that describes in great detail the colonization of Iceland by the Norse people in the 9th and 10th centuries.
The golf course at Kidjaberg doesn’t go that far back, of course. Work started on it in 1989 when a few members contributed to its design and it officially opened for play as a 9-hole layout five years later.
It’s since been extended to an 18-hole track (in 2005) and there’s also now a 5-hole par three course available for junior and learner golfers.
The layout of the main course is in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape, where the river Hvíta (the White River) runs past on two sides of a peninsular property as it makes its way from the Hvítárvatn lake on the Langjökull glacier to the Atlantic.
The course itself measures a very reasonable 5,990 metres from the back tees, playing to a par of 71, and feature holes include all four of the short par fours, at the 5th and 8th on the front nine and holes 10 and 14 on the back nine.
Kidjaberg GC is located coveniently close to Iceland's famous Golden Circle in southern Iceland. The area has some historical significance with an ancient settlement dating back to the Norse colonisation of Iceland in the 9th century
The golf course evolved over a period starting in 1989 with local members contributing to the design. Nine holes were open for play by 1993, and this was extended to an 18 hole course in 2005
Kidjaberg GC is routed through some impressive undulating terrain with extensive river frontage to the river Hvita (The White River). This is never so obvious as when standing on the 14th tee with the rapids and white water just metres away. The beauty of the site and the noise level can make it hard to concentrate on the tee shot!
Kidjaberg has done a grand job with their tee signs. With so much elevation change through the course, and some blind shots, it is very useful to be given a map of the hole with details of how to play on each tee! It is a wonder more courses do not offer something similar..
With such beautiful surrounds a game of golf at Kidjaberg is always going to be memorable. The course itself is not overly long, but can be challenging. The green complexes and bunkering are relatively simple but nicely maintained.
Visitors to the Golden Circle must visit Stokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, Kerid volcanic crater, and Pingvellir National Park- but for golfers a visit to Kidjaberg GC might be just be the highlight of their day!
Golfers heading to Iceland should pencil in golf at Kidjaberg as a mainstay to any tour of The Golden Circle
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.