The Grafarholt golf course is the oldest 18-hole golf course in Iceland. The course is recognized as Iceland´s premier championship venue and has hosted many European and Nordic tournaments.

The course designer, used the existing rugged and varied landscape to produce arguably the toughest championship golf course in Iceland with fairways aligned with lava and heather requiring the golfer to use his imagination if he wants to turn in a good score. The magnificent views over the exciting city of Reykjavik make this a unique golfing experience.

Official address:

Golfklubbur Reykjavíkur,
Grafarholt,
110 Reykjavík,
Iceland.
The golf club     354-585-0200
The Pro shop     354-585-0213
The restaurant     354-585-0215
gr@grgolf.is
www.grgolf.is

Grafarholt golf course is par 71 with following course rating:

Back tee 6.026 m CR 72.3 Slope 130
Yellow 5.478 m CR 69.1 Slope 125
Blue (men) 5.052 m CR 66.9 Slope 121
Red (men) 4.669 m CR 64.7 Slope 118
Blue (women) 5.052 m CR 73.1 Slope 131
Red (women) 4.669 m CR 70.6 Slope 127

For the course guide click here
For the scorecard click here

If you want to see a video clip for every hole on the golf course, click here.

The club and golf course:

Reykjavík Golf Club was established in 1934 and is the oldest and largest golf club in Iceland. The club was originally called The Golf Club of Iceland but was later changed to Reykjavik Golf Club when other golf clubs where established in the country. In be beginning there were very few members but now the club consists of 2.500 members.  Today the club offers two exceptional 18-hole courses; one at Grafarholt and the other one at Korpa (see separately the course Korpa). Both these courses have fantastic layouts, unique characteristics and spectacular views of Reykjavik and its surrounding area.

The story behind the club is traced to the 14th of December, 1934, when few distinguished gentlemen gathered for a meeting in Reykjavik. The occasion was the establishment a golf club, the first one in Iceland. Leading this new golf movement in Reykjavik where Sveinn Björnsson, who later became the first President of Iceland.  In the summer of 1935, the first tournament was held in Laugardalur, which is close to where the National Stadium is today. The golfers were not allowed to stay in Laugardalur for very long, but instead received new land in Leynimýri, similar location as the Kringlan shopping center is today in Reykjavík. The golf course in Leynimýri was 9 holes. When the course was opened, Ingrid, the crown princess of Denmark and Iceland, hit the ceremonial first shot to open the course. She was named guardian of the club to celebrate the occasion and still is.  The club house was rather small but always full of life.

Most politicians at that time concluded that the land would be better utilized with buildings than a golf course. This decision to move the golf course become a controversial one. Many people argue that there would have been great value in having a golf course near the city centre. All over the world, golfers enviously look at cities that have golf courses in centralized locations. Nonetheless, the city council decided to build on the land and forced the golf club to move to a rather barren area east of the city, Grafarholt which today might be argued to be in the middle of town.  Play on the course started in 1963 but only on a few holes but in 1968 it became a full 18 hole golf course.

There has been great increase in the number of golfers in Iceland in recent years. The sport´s popularity is always on the rise. At Reykjavik Golf Club in the mid 1990´s, the Grafarholt course could no longer handle the great number of golfers playing there every day. To cope with that problem, the club decided to build a new 18 hole course at Korpulfsstadir in 1993.  Hannes Þorsteinsson, a golf course architect, member of the British Institute of Golf Course Architects, was hired to design the course. There had been a small 12 hole course on the land for a number of years where members could play. Everything went according to plan and in July of 1996 play started on nine holes at Korpa. A year later the whole 18 holes were opened. The Korpa golf course was formerly opened in July 1997 when it held the national championships. The city council allocated the east end of the historic Korpulfstadir building for the golf club.

Since then there has been a constant demand for a membership at Reykjavík Golf Club and a long waiting list for membership.  To solve the problem the club came to an arrangement with the golf club Leinir at Akranes to hire the course for the next three years for the members of Golf Club Reykjavík.

The club has hosted a few international tournaments at Grafarholt. The Nordic Team Championships three times, European Team Boys Championship once and The European Senior Amateur Championship once. This more than anything shows the level of recognition that the Grafarholt golf course and Reykjavik Golf Club have overseas.
The course has a par of 71 and measures 6.026 m (6.590 yards) from the back tees. The 18 challenging holes with gently undulating fairways requires a golfers full repertoire The mild climate and the magnificent views over the exciting city of Reykjavik make this a unique golfing experience.   Foreign golf reporters, who have played or visited the golf course, all say the same thing: “never have they seen such diversity on a golf course like there is in Grafarholt.”

Building a golf course in Grafarholt was a very difficult task. There was hardly any soil that was usable for cultivation or let alone building a golf course. Nevertheless, the club members persevered and with great effort were able to build a beautiful and challenging golf course. Play on the course started in 1963 but only on a few holes. However, more and more holes were gradually added. Today, Grafarholt is a golf course that has received international recognition
The Grafarholt golf course was designed by the Swede, Nils Skold. There is no doubt that he did a fantastic job. The course is unique in that no two holes are alike. You can say that the course consists of 18 completely different holes, each with its own characteristic. This is quite unique and very exciting.

The signature hole is definitely hole number 15, which is a par 5 hole. The tee is up on a hill with a spectacular view over Reykjavik and you have 190 meters in the air to the fairway from the back tee or 140 meters from the yellow tee. The landing area is covered with 4 bunkers.  The approach to the green is difficult, the green is small, you have water in front, on the left side and at the back  are hazards so there are few alternatives except to hit the green.

gr1_faciThe clubhouse has first-class facilities, dining rooms, TV lounge and bar. The Pro Shop is  located beside the clubhouse.

The biggest driving range in the country, Basar, is located  at Grafarholt. It is a three story high building, opened in 2004 and has over 70 booths to hit balls from. At Basar you are able to get golf lessons from highly trained PGA professionals.
The club has a short practice courses at Grafarholt, named Grafarkot where players can fine tune their short game.

You can book tee off times as follows:

You can call at 354-585-0210
You can send a mail to gr@grgolf.is

Maximum handicap: 36 for men and 36 for ladies.
Dress code: No jeans.

Green fees 2017 are as follows:

 

ISK    9.975 // EUR 81

Green fees include full use of the clubhouse facilities such as locker rooms and restaurants. Please note that Reykjavik Golf Club doesn’t accept Golf Professionals (PGA) or BIGGA members cards for discount. Price for accessories:

Golf chart    ISK     6.700.

Trolly:        ISK    1.300

Golf clubs    ISK    5.500

All major credit cards are accepted.

If Midnight golf is requested we charge extra fee as following:

4 players  = 59.900 ISK (Per person 14.975 ISK)
3 players  = 49.920 ISK (Per person 16.640 ISK)
2 players  = 39.950 ISK (Per person 19.975 ISK)
1 player   = 29.975 ISK

Grafarholt golf course is located within the Greater Reykjavik area where you have a number of hotels and guesthouses.  We can recommend the following hotels.

Hilton Reykjavík Nordica in Reykjavík,  www.reykjavik.nordica.hilton.com
Radisson SAS 1919,  www.1919.reykjavik.radissonsas.com
Radisson SAS Saga, www.saga.reykjavik.radissonsas.com
Icelandair Hotels,  www.icelandairhotels.is
Park Inn Hotel,    www.rezidorparkinn.com
Edda Hotels,  www.hoteledda.is 

+ The Course

Grafarholt golf course is par 71 with following course rating:

Back tee 6.026 m CR 72.3 Slope 130
Yellow 5.478 m CR 69.1 Slope 125
Blue (men) 5.052 m CR 66.9 Slope 121
Red (men) 4.669 m CR 64.7 Slope 118
Blue (women) 5.052 m CR 73.1 Slope 131
Red (women) 4.669 m CR 70.6 Slope 127

For the course guide click here
For the scorecard click here

If you want to see a video clip for every hole on the golf course, click here.

The club and golf course:

Reykjavík Golf Club was established in 1934 and is the oldest and largest golf club in Iceland. The club was originally called The Golf Club of Iceland but was later changed to Reykjavik Golf Club when other golf clubs where established in the country. In be beginning there were very few members but now the club consists of 2.500 members.  Today the club offers two exceptional 18-hole courses; one at Grafarholt and the other one at Korpa (see separately the course Korpa). Both these courses have fantastic layouts, unique characteristics and spectacular views of Reykjavik and its surrounding area.

The story behind the club is traced to the 14th of December, 1934, when few distinguished gentlemen gathered for a meeting in Reykjavik. The occasion was the establishment a golf club, the first one in Iceland. Leading this new golf movement in Reykjavik where Sveinn Björnsson, who later became the first President of Iceland.  In the summer of 1935, the first tournament was held in Laugardalur, which is close to where the National Stadium is today. The golfers were not allowed to stay in Laugardalur for very long, but instead received new land in Leynimýri, similar location as the Kringlan shopping center is today in Reykjavík. The golf course in Leynimýri was 9 holes. When the course was opened, Ingrid, the crown princess of Denmark and Iceland, hit the ceremonial first shot to open the course. She was named guardian of the club to celebrate the occasion and still is.  The club house was rather small but always full of life.

Most politicians at that time concluded that the land would be better utilized with buildings than a golf course. This decision to move the golf course become a controversial one. Many people argue that there would have been great value in having a golf course near the city centre. All over the world, golfers enviously look at cities that have golf courses in centralized locations. Nonetheless, the city council decided to build on the land and forced the golf club to move to a rather barren area east of the city, Grafarholt which today might be argued to be in the middle of town.  Play on the course started in 1963 but only on a few holes but in 1968 it became a full 18 hole golf course.

There has been great increase in the number of golfers in Iceland in recent years. The sport´s popularity is always on the rise. At Reykjavik Golf Club in the mid 1990´s, the Grafarholt course could no longer handle the great number of golfers playing there every day. To cope with that problem, the club decided to build a new 18 hole course at Korpulfsstadir in 1993.  Hannes Þorsteinsson, a golf course architect, member of the British Institute of Golf Course Architects, was hired to design the course. There had been a small 12 hole course on the land for a number of years where members could play. Everything went according to plan and in July of 1996 play started on nine holes at Korpa. A year later the whole 18 holes were opened. The Korpa golf course was formerly opened in July 1997 when it held the national championships. The city council allocated the east end of the historic Korpulfstadir building for the golf club.

Since then there has been a constant demand for a membership at Reykjavík Golf Club and a long waiting list for membership.  To solve the problem the club came to an arrangement with the golf club Leinir at Akranes to hire the course for the next three years for the members of Golf Club Reykjavík.

The club has hosted a few international tournaments at Grafarholt. The Nordic Team Championships three times, European Team Boys Championship once and The European Senior Amateur Championship once. This more than anything shows the level of recognition that the Grafarholt golf course and Reykjavik Golf Club have overseas.
The course has a par of 71 and measures 6.026 m (6.590 yards) from the back tees. The 18 challenging holes with gently undulating fairways requires a golfers full repertoire The mild climate and the magnificent views over the exciting city of Reykjavik make this a unique golfing experience.   Foreign golf reporters, who have played or visited the golf course, all say the same thing: “never have they seen such diversity on a golf course like there is in Grafarholt.”

Building a golf course in Grafarholt was a very difficult task. There was hardly any soil that was usable for cultivation or let alone building a golf course. Nevertheless, the club members persevered and with great effort were able to build a beautiful and challenging golf course. Play on the course started in 1963 but only on a few holes. However, more and more holes were gradually added. Today, Grafarholt is a golf course that has received international recognition
The Grafarholt golf course was designed by the Swede, Nils Skold. There is no doubt that he did a fantastic job. The course is unique in that no two holes are alike. You can say that the course consists of 18 completely different holes, each with its own characteristic. This is quite unique and very exciting.

The signature hole is definitely hole number 15, which is a par 5 hole. The tee is up on a hill with a spectacular view over Reykjavik and you have 190 meters in the air to the fairway from the back tee or 140 meters from the yellow tee. The landing area is covered with 4 bunkers.  The approach to the green is difficult, the green is small, you have water in front, on the left side and at the back  are hazards so there are few alternatives except to hit the green.

+ Facilities

gr1_faciThe clubhouse has first-class facilities, dining rooms, TV lounge and bar. The Pro Shop is  located beside the clubhouse.

The biggest driving range in the country, Basar, is located  at Grafarholt. It is a three story high building, opened in 2004 and has over 70 booths to hit balls from. At Basar you are able to get golf lessons from highly trained PGA professionals.
The club has a short practice courses at Grafarholt, named Grafarkot where players can fine tune their short game.

+ Booking tee time

You can book tee off times as follows:

You can call at 354-585-0210
You can send a mail to gr@grgolf.is

Maximum handicap: 36 for men and 36 for ladies.
Dress code: No jeans.

+ Green Fee

Green fees 2017 are as follows:

 

ISK    9.975 // EUR 81

Green fees include full use of the clubhouse facilities such as locker rooms and restaurants. Please note that Reykjavik Golf Club doesn’t accept Golf Professionals (PGA) or BIGGA members cards for discount. Price for accessories:

Golf chart    ISK     6.700.

Trolly:        ISK    1.300

Golf clubs    ISK    5.500

All major credit cards are accepted.

If Midnight golf is requested we charge extra fee as following:

4 players  = 59.900 ISK (Per person 14.975 ISK)
3 players  = 49.920 ISK (Per person 16.640 ISK)
2 players  = 39.950 ISK (Per person 19.975 ISK)
1 player   = 29.975 ISK

+ Accommodation

Grafarholt golf course is located within the Greater Reykjavik area where you have a number of hotels and guesthouses.  We can recommend the following hotels.

Hilton Reykjavík Nordica in Reykjavík,  www.reykjavik.nordica.hilton.com
Radisson SAS 1919,  www.1919.reykjavik.radissonsas.com
Radisson SAS Saga, www.saga.reykjavik.radissonsas.com
Icelandair Hotels,  www.icelandairhotels.is
Park Inn Hotel,    www.rezidorparkinn.com
Edda Hotels,  www.hoteledda.is 

Photo gallery

The following selection of pictures gives you some
impression of the golf course and its surroundings.

Video gallery

Click to watch videos from the golf course.

Location

The golf course is located in the eastern part of Reykjavík, less than a 15 minute drive from down town Reykjavík.  Today you might say that Grafarholt golf course is in the middle of Reykjavík.  The distance from Keflavik airport is 50 km.