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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 2019 and sadly the Black Sand project is still on hold.

Akuyeri Golf Club is the second oldest in Iceland (formed in 1935) and it’s reckoned to be the most northerly 18-hole layout in the world, according to the R&A. The club hosts the Arctic Open Golf Championship in June every year, attracting golfers from various parts of the world who want to participate in the 36-hole stableford event, with players permitted to tee off around midnight if they wish.

Siglufjördur Golf Club, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, had its 9-hole course renovated by architect Edwin Roald, with the new par 35 layout opening for play in 2019. Roald said: “It is short and sweet, combining entertainment for golfers of all skill levels with the unparalleled sights and sounds; the mountain amphitheatre, the perfectly aligned horizon at the fjord’s mouth, the distant roar of the waterfall and the crashing rapids of the river.”

Our rankings of the Top 25 Golf Courses of Iceland were last updated in March 2022. 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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Brautarholt

2nd Iceland Ranking

Brautarholt was designed by Edwin Roald and the golf course fits the landscape beautifully, with fairways and greensites following the natural contours of the coastline...

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Oddur (Urrida)

3rd 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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Reykjavik (Korpa)

4th 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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Reykjavik (Grafarholt)

5th 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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Vestmannaeyja

6th 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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Kidjaberg

7th 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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Mosfellsbaer (Hlidavollur)

8th Iceland Ranking

In 2014, the golf clubs of Bakkakot and Kjolur merged to create Golfklúbbur Mosfellsbaer. The Hlidavollur course in Mosfellsbaer had been extended to eighteen holes two years earlier, with fairways laid out next to the black sand beach of Faxafloi Bay.

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GKG Leirdalsvöllur (Leirdalur)

9th Iceland Ranking

Founded in 1994, GKG remodelled its golf facility thirteen years later to fashion the 18-hole Leirdalur course and the 9-hole Mýrin layout. The former is now a championship length track extending to 6,000 metres with par set at 71.

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Leynir - Akranes

10th 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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