Located next to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, Vik Golf Course is an early 1990s 9-hole layout from Hannes Thorsteinsson which is routed along the base of towering basalt cliffs overlooking the nearby coastline.
There’s nothing fancy about what’s on offer here – it’s elemental golf in all its glory and if there’s nobody around the little clubhouse when you arrive to play then just pop your green fee in the honesty box and carry on regardless.
The layout extends to 2,657 metres from the regular tees, starting with a rare sight on any course – a 600-metre par six hole! Rated stroke index 1 on the scorecard, this is an absolute beast to take on when playing into the wind.
There’s another tough long hole to master at the 503-metre par five 6th but this one is counterbalanced by short par threes at the 3rd, 7th and 9th – and when we say short, the middle hole in that trio extends to no more than 98 metres.
Vik is a relatively simple course, with no airs and graces- but it can be challenging all the same.
It is all pretty low key- there is even an honesty box for green fees when times are quiet, and it is possible to hire clubs..
With the wind howling some holes play long, and others are tight- play the 9 holes again and you will benefit from knowing the lines of play.
The course is great fun and not to be missed for any golfer who travels to the area for the sightseeing- but whatever you do, don't miss Skogafoss Waterfall, the power of the sea at Dyrholaey, the puffin birds, Solheimajokull Glacier, and the black beach..
It's not often that you come across a par 6, but Vik GC's first hole is a 600 metre par 6- and into the wind it is a monster!
The holes at 2, 3, 4, 7 & 8 all interact with the massive basalt cliffs, and provide interesting, challenging golf. But for me the short par 4 fourth was the standout. Players can go for glory or play it with care, and enjoy it either way.
Iceland is a wonderful place to visit. The dramatic terrain is never ending. But if you happen to be a golfer, do not miss the opportunity to play Vik Golf Course.
It is a joy to play!
Peter Wood is the founder of The Travelling Golfer – click the link to read his full review.