Oddur (Urrida) - Iceland

Golfklúbburinn Oddur,
PO Box 116,
210 Garðabæ,
Iceland


  • +354 565 9094

  • Magnús Birgisson

  • Hannes Thorsteinsson

  • Phill Hunter

Hannes Thorsteinsson designed the course at Oddur Golf Club as a member’s track rather than as a tough championship layout. However, the club played host to the Icelandic Golf Championship in 2006 and players then realised it wasn’t as easy as they imagined. 

Oddur originally opened as a 9-hole course in 1990 and became a par 71 18-holer in 1997. The club is located in a very popular area outside of the capital, some 70-100 meters above sea level, in a nature park with lava fields and lots of small trees. The design has made perfect made use of the site and the short par three 15th plays completely through the lava fields. 

The Oddur clubhouse is beautifully located in this peaceful area of Iceland, where you feel that you’re miles away from the capital city. The club also has a par three course called Ljúflingur but if you’re visiting Iceland it’s the main Urrida course that should be on your menu. 
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Description: 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. Rating: 5.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Oddur Golf Club is one of the finest golf courses in Iceland. The 18 hole layout is a combination of heathland and lava. The holes running into the Lava are really exciting. The Club hosted the European Ladies' Amateur Team Championship and the course was in outstanding shape when I played the course in the final days of July. The greens probably the best in Iceland.

The landscape around the course is mesmerizing.

6 / 6
Oddur (Urrida)
October 06, 2016


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I have been a member at Oddur for years and therefore I am not exactly unbiased in this review. The course is not the longest or the most demanding in Iceland but as an overall experience I would rate it at the top of the list. As soon as you enter the gates to the road leading up to the clubhouse you sense that you have arrived at a quality course and you won’t be disappointed. The course is generally considered the best kept in the country, a compliment to an experienced greenkeeping staff. Most members prefer the front 9 over the back 9 as the front 9 play a bit easier than the more demanding back 9. My favorite stretch of holes however are the 15th, 16th and 17th as they have provided me with the most birdies! All these holes have lava in play so when I am not on the ball these holes have the bad habit of ruining my scorecard as well. The 17th is a dogleg left and standing on the 17th tee is very thrilling as you have limited view of the generous fairway that awaits your ball and all around is the lava which you will have to shoot over. Being a 11 handicapper I usually pick a 4 or 5 iron off the tee depending on the wind which usually leaves me an 8 or 9 iron to a well guarded green. The 18ht hole is a long and demanding par 4 which I am always happy to walk off with a bogey. Tee times can be hard to get, especially at peak hours between 4pm and 8pm (this is not a typo) on weekdays in May, June and July so I would advise visitors to book well in advance.
5 / 6
Oddur (Urrida)
December 13, 2012


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