Keilir Golf Club, Iceland
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The Keilir Golf Club was founded in 1967. The club was able to acquire a spectacular land on the Hvaleyri peninsula for a nine hole golf course. At that time there were few small farms on the peninsula but with the help from the town council of Hafnafjördur the club was able to get the land for the golf course. The land was ideal for a golf course and a former national champion design the first 9 hole golf course. In 1971 the club got the Swedish golf designer Nils Skjöld to design a new 12 hole golf course on the peninsula. The construction of the new front nine in the lava field was finished in 1997 and since then the golf course has been an 18 hole golf course.
The course is currently featured on the Top 100 Golf Courses in Europe as no. 99, receiving great reviews; “… clearly the best course in the country…”
Looking further at the course, the drive on the first par 5 hole is relatively easy but you have to be careful when you approach the green which is nested between the lava rocks. Next are two short par 4 holes but be careful, you have to be accurate otherwise the lava can swallow your ball. The remaining holes are nicely stretched in the lava. There are no bunkers on the front nine, the lava is plentiful.
The golf course is located in Hafnafjordur, the neighbouring town of Reykjavík. The golf course is situated right in the center of town, on the peninsula Hvaleyri, nearby the industrial harbour. The distance to down town Reykjavík is 10 km, and to Keflavík airport, 40 km.
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