Golf is generally played on 18 hole courses. It has just evolved that way- when St Andrews moved from 22 to 18 holes it became the template for golf the world over to follow. And yet in this increasingly time poor generation playing golf on less than 18 holes makes sense. For me any opportunity to play a quick nine after work is golden- it doesnt compromise the day's activities, but leaves you fully satisfied...
While 18 holes is the standard there are plenty of nine hole or even 12 hole courses around the world that are so good that they become instant favourites. Sometimes they are a second course at a club that has a 'championship' course and additional land. Often these 2nd courses are not subject to the same restrictions as to par, length or structure and are just pure fun to play. Still others are nine hole stand alone courses where the land dictated only 9 decent holes- sometimes these are the purest of golfing experiences...
This article is dedicated to those courses:
1. Cruit Island, Ireland
Cruit Island is a crazy, remote 9 holer in north west Ireland, and a remarkable golfing experience. We rate it a Travelling Golfer 'must play!'
Wherever possible we include the Cruit Island experience in our Irish tours
- see Course Reports: Cruit Island for more detailed information on the course
- see Destinations: Ireland for information on tours which include Cruit Island
2. Vik GC, Iceland
Located in the seaside town of Vik in Iceland, 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..
See Course reports: Vik GC, for more information on the golf course
See Destinations- Iceland for more information on golf tours that include Vik GC.
3. coming soon..