Golf course designer Edwin Roald has proposed that a golf course be made on Videy island off Reykjavík without relying on machinery and instead using horses as a tribute to the world’s best golf courses that were made at the turn of the 19th century.
Roald is certain that such a golf course would attract golfers from around the world. “If we do this right, this project could raise worldwide attention,” he told Morgunbladid.
From Videy island. Copyright: Heimur Ltd.
People have proposed golf courses on Videy before but not created in such a way.
Roald explained that most golf course designers agree that the “limitations” of not being able to use heavy machinery forced designers to think independently and prevented all golf courses from looking the same.
Therefore, Roald reasoned, the world’s best golf courses date before the 1929 global crisis.
The golf course designer also wants to break out of the nine or 18 hole system. “I believe that in the 21st century this development will take place anyway. The rooted thought that a proper golf course has to have 18 holes, but not 15 or 19 or whatever, sometimes has seriously limiting impact on the quality which could otherwise have been achieved.”
“A certain territory could for example offer possibilities for a world-class 17-hole golf course, but because it ‘had to be’ 18 holes, one had to be tossed out, or even more and two holes of a worse quality made instead,” Roald explained.
The natural layout of Videy offers interesting opportunities for a golf course in Roald’s opinion. Its design would steer clear of nesting grounds for birds and have as little impact on the island’s ecosystem as possible.
The project would require significant manpower, nearly 200 workers. “The idea is first and foremost to create employment now that the need is dire and we’re talking about a project that could create worldwide attention namely for the fact how much manpower it needs,” Roald concluded.
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