Located in the seaside town of Vik, the nine hole golf course of the same name is routed hard against the base of towering basalt cliffs only 500 metres or so from the ocean.
The club was established in 1992 and the course designed by Hannes Thorsteinsson, one of Iceland's professional golf course designers.
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!
Other notable holes are:
- hole 2, a short par 4 hugging the cliffs, and relatively blind off the tee
- hole 3, a par 3 dwarfed by the surroundings
- hole 4, a potentially driveable par 4, and blind off the tee. It is a world class hole in an amazing setting
- hole 7, a short par 3 straight uphill to a crazy green at the base of the cliffs
- hole 8 , a par 4 which plays down from the cliffbase and back up again
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
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