Akureyri Golf Club

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Akureyri Golf Club is located in Akureyri, Iceland, at Jaðarsvöllur,[1] it was named "the most northerly 18-hole golf course" according to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.[2][3] It features a moorland course, broad ridges, tree clusters, and rock outcroppings.[4] Due to its proximity to the Arctic Circle, it is possible to play golf at Akureyri Golf Club at night under the midnight sun during the summer.

Akureyri Golf Club was established in 1935. It is Iceland‘s second-oldest golf club after Reykjavik Golf Club.

Akureyri Golf Club established its current location at the Jadar farm in 1970. For ten years, the members played a 9-hole course which is now the front nine, designed by Magnus Gudmundsson. In 1980, the second nine holes were added.[5] The second nine holes were developed and implemented by Magnus Gudmundsson and Gunnar Thordarson.

The Arctic Open is held at Akureyri Golf Club during the summer solstice. It was first held in 1986.[6] It is a four-day championship event, open to international professional and amateur golfers.[7]

In 1997, four men completed the longest daytime round of golf in history by playing 306 holes at Akureyri Golf Club during the summer when it stays light through the night.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golf Course Jadarsvollur". visitakureyri.is. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  2. ^ "The Arctic Open". arcticopen.is. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  3. ^ Paul Ingrassia (18 June 2013). "Golfing in Iceland's midnight sun: lava beds, angry birds, winds". Reuters. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Akureyri golf course". golficeland.org. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  5. ^ Daley, Paul (2008). Golf Architecture: A Worldwide Perspective, Volume 3. Pelican Publishing. p. 92. ISBN 9781589806160.
  6. ^ Oliver Horovitz,Dom Furore. "Golf in Iceland: Under the Midnight Sun - Golf Digest". Golf Digest. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  7. ^ Arctic Open - a true golfing adventure under the midnight sun. "Arctic Open - a true golfing adventure under the midnight sun". Arctic Open - a true golfing adventure under the midnight sun. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  8. ^ Zullo, Alan (2001). Astonishing But True Golf Facts. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 0-7407-1426-0.

Coordinates: 65°39′57″N 18°6′57″W / 65.66583°N 18.11583°W / 65.66583; -18.11583