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Arctic Open at The Akureyri Golf Club

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17th May 2022

Iceland is the only place in the world where a golfer can get into a bunker one day and escape from it the next.

Akureyri Golf Club in the north of the country has some of the trickiest greens to read in the world. You have to make allowances for sudden shifts in the earth’s surface because of the volcanic activity happening under your spikes.

You must also be prepared to see your ball disappearing forever down a 60 million-year-old fissure. You are also advised to make sure you check your ball is your ball before playing it. It might be a piece of lava and therefore hazardous to your card, clubs and wrists.

The Magnus Gudmundsson designed moorland and ancient rock outcroppings course at Jadar farm first opened in 1935 and is the second oldest golf course in Iceland after Reykjavik ( est 1934).

Iceland’s third course is on Westmann Island  (Vestmannaeyjar in Icelandic), on the island of Helmaey off the southern coast.

The Arctic Open was first played in 1986  outside Iceland’s second largest city over what world golf’s governing body , The Royal& Ancient Club Of St Andrews, has officially confirmed as the world’s most northerly eighteen hole golf course.  

Played at 6549 miles north of the equator and sixty-two from the Arctic Circle,  the annual night-time, two round  tournament takes place through the night in midsummer ( June 23-5 2022) in the perpetual 24/7 sunlight . You can play golf at 3am in sunglasses. Akureyri has one of the warmest climates in Iceland. On the day of the summer solstice the sun never sets.

The Arctic major’s defending champions are  Thorvadlur Makan Sigbjornsson (Stableford), Theostur Astthorsson ( Strokeplay), Anna Jodis Sigurberg and  Jon Thor Gunnarssoon ( 55+).

 

Book your tee time under the Midnight Sun.

 

www.arcticopen.is

Entry fee $419

Maximum handicaps – male (24) and female (28)

There are regular flights from Keflavik to Akureyri

NiceAir begins direct flights to Akureyri from Stanstead on June 3.

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