Courses Around the World: Iceland

When you think “golf destination,” Iceland is not a place that comes to mind. But with the summer temperatures rising, it sounds a little refreshing, doesn’t it?

A golf trip to Iceland will certainly be unlike any golf trip you have ever taken, or will take. In Iceland, midnight golf is the norm during the summer months because the sun is out 24 hours a day. Course restaurants tend to stay open longer to accommodate the summer hours.

Midnight golf gives you a totally new atmosphere and landscape that is worth experiencing. One-tenth of Iceland’s surface is gilded with lava, and ocean and mountain views are typical on an Iceland golf course. One-tenth of Iceland’s population reportedly plays golf every year, too. Iceland has more golf courses per capita than any other country in the world, so it’s safe to say Iceland loves golf.

The consistently top-ranked course in Iceland is Keilir Golf Course, a links course whose front nine is surrounded by lava, and back nine is surrounded by glaciers and peninsula views. The course requires acute accuracy, but at the same time, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to share a story about hitting out from the lava?

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Keilir Golf Course’s environment is GEO Certified®, which means it has met high standards in nature, energy, pollution control and more. This is a scientific way of assuring you it is beautiful.

Reykjavik Golf Club is the oldest golf club in all of Iceland. Its Grafarholt course has hosted a number of international tournaments including The European Senior Amateur Championship. The course record from the members’ tees is 63. The best score a Golfshot member has received on the Grafarholt course is 71. Who is going to step up and beat that?

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The popularity of golf in Iceland has consistently increased year by year, so the Reykjavik Golf Club had to add on the Korpa course in the 90’s, which runs along the Atlantic Ocean. Reykjavik is the largest club in Iceland with 2,500 members and a three-story driving range to accommodate.

Reykjavik happens to be the capital of Iceland and is known for its late-night clubs and bars, which you will certainly be migrating to after your round of midnight golf.

There are over 4,500 Golfshot members in Iceland. Are you one of them, or have you golfed in Iceland before? Tell us about it in the comments!