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Tim Lobb recently visited Iceland be a guest speaker at the Icelandic Groundsman & Greenkeepers Association conference. He spoke about TPL’s experience on successfully renovating existing golf courses and how this could help Icelandic golf courses. Bruce Jamieson also gave an interesting lecture on green aeration as well as Charles Gregory of Toro introducing new products for 2014.

 

Bruce Jamieson, Agust Jensson, Tim Lobb, Charles Graham

Bruce Jamieson, Agust Jensson, Tim Lobb, Charles Gregory

 

Agust Jensson and Bjarni Hannesson from the Association kindly organised for Tim Lobb and Bruce Jamieson to visit some local courses the following day and below are some photos showing some of the most remarkable golf courses seen.

 

Korpulfsstadavollur GC with Bjarni, Bruce and Agust

Korpulfsstadavollur GC with Bjarni, Bruce and Agust

 

The popularity of golf in Iceland is fantastic. Despite a short season, golf is the second most popular sport in the country with a 10% participation rate.  Pretty remarkable and a great testament to the good work that the relevant authorities adopt in the country.

 

Brautarholt GC. Designed by Edwin Roald -- WOW

Brautarholt GC. Designed by Edwin Roald — WOW

 

 

Brautarholt GC recently opened and is currently a nine hole course. The terrain is so dramatic and the golf course layout takes full advantage of it. This course needs to be recognised on the world scene.

 

Brautarholt GC. Cypress Point of Iceland

Brautarholt GC. Cypress Point of Iceland

 

Last stop on the golf course tour was Keilir Golf Club enroute to the airport. The course has nine holes which sits in the lava field and is one of the most remarkable golf layouts seen. There are no bunkers but who needs them with this terrain.

 

Lava rock form as a central hazard - incredible.

Lava rock form as a central hazard – incredible.

 

Bjarni Hannesson is the Course Manager at the Club and doing a great job on promoting a dominant fescue sward. Bjarni hosted us for the golf course tour and was so knowledgeable and passionate about golf in Iceland. Thanks Bjarni.

 

Keilir GC. Looking back down the hole with fabulous central lava hazard.

Keilir GC. Looking back down the hole with fabulous central lava hazard.

 

 

Iceland is a land of many surprises and a land of wonderful natural, rugged and edgy golf courses. It is golf as it should be and we certainly hope to return to this wonderful environment again soon. Many thanks to Agust Jensson, Icelandic Groundsmen & Greenkeepers Association and The Toro Company for putting this trip together. I will never forget the wonders of Iceland.

 

Report written by Tim Lobb

WRITTEN ON October 12th, 2013 BY Tim AND STORED IN Tim Lobb, Top Courses, Travels

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