Kjölur Golf Club
|Description||The extension of the Kjölur Golf Course from 9 holes to 18 required an environmentally and socially responsible design that appealed to multiple stakeholders in the local community. After joining forces with other interested land-users, such as the local angling and horse-riding clubs, a complete masterplan was submitted in the preliminary stages, featuring a network of public footpaths and bridle-ways. This inspired a landmark land-exchange deal between the town council and a local property development company, the current land owner.|
The project presented multiple challenges. This involved fitting a golf course, a new clubhouse, a maintenance building and a driving range into the path network as well as the proposed adjacent residential areas. Modern safety guidelines were therefore a primary concern. Furthermore, golf holes and paths were kept at an agreed distance from the nearby river, one of Reykjavik‘s most vibrant angling spots.
Despite these multiple considerations that impacted the design, an attractive golf course layout was produced, incorporating several interesting hole sites. The Kjölur golf project has been featured as a case study in Multifunctional Golf Courses – An Underutilized Resource, a publication by The Scandinavian Turfgrass and Environmental Research Foundation, whose goal is, among others, to advocate sustainable golf, including the integration of golf courses with other land-uses.
|Client||Kjölur Golf Club|