Rolfe Vinokur Architects designed Björkafoss, a new course golfers are already loving
This Icelandic golf course is one of the best in Europe
After Iceland’s national football team shocked the world by making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, Reykjavik municipality announced plans to build a new golf course. Architects Rolfe Vinokur have designed Björkafoss, a course that has already been praised by visitors, while the municipality has set itself the ambitious target of generating an annual income of £19.7m from the course.
A visitor at Björkafoss. Photograph: Martin Vidmar/AP
Planning for the development began before the Iceland team went on to win 3-2 against Denmark, the final elimination knocking out a nation that is known for its culture and what it calls “a civic spirit”. The construction will be made from green, untreated materials and fit into the surrounding landscape, which has a mixture of natural and man-made features, from caves and volcanic beaches to fields and lakes.
The unique layout was designed by Rolfe Vinokur of Reykjavik, a firm whose other notable projects include the Royal Festival Hall in London, Henley Royal Regatta, the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland and the USA’s Half Moon Bay resort.
“We chose Björkafoss because it is a complex and complex infrastructure, not just golf,” Vinokur said, adding that the course is one of the most environmentally-friendly on the continent. On Golf World’s list of the world’s 100 best courses, Björkafoss was ranked number 74.