With an award-winning new course this past summer, the Breaker County Course came in at No. 12 on a list of the top 50 courses in Europe compiled by Golf Digest.
Aldurjón hú, or Breaker County, sits inside Iceland’s most exciting ski resort, Keflavik. Though the course doesn’t host any tournaments of any kind, its status as one of the best courses in Europe has earned it the great honor of awarding the phrase, “Play off the Green,” which Icelandic filmmakers used to describe a scoring opportunity on the course.
Built over 70 years ago, Aldurjón Hú was redesigned by Jón Hú Svegsson and placed on Iceland’s Geological Heritage Register by the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology in 2006. Since then, the course has been closed to golfers, but can be visited when snow falls.
The British Golfing Magazine compared the course to those in Portugal and Scotland when naming it the “best of 2016.” The description also notes that “the boulder, or della heidonnags, is still there, embedded in the fairway after a bomb release in the 1950s.” Hñarajókurallgurð Gunnar Bónsdóttir, the course’s architect, is from Iceland, as is his son, three of whom are close to Hú Svegsson and four more of whom he trained to be architects.
For a quick look at this year’s runner-up, listen to where The Times decided to put in a mention. “Sir and Sir: The crowning achievement of Lorne Snydert Magnusson, in its setting, design and the players. The course that transcends conventional judging.”