Annual Meeting Iceland Edwin Roald Tom Mackenzie

Date: Thu 03 Feb 2022

Join us in the land of the midnight sun

The 2022 EIGCA Annual Meeting is being held from Monday 27th to Wednesday 29th June, and this year we are off to Iceland.

With more than 60 golf courses and around 20,000 registered players in a population of 365,000, Iceland has the highest participation percentage in Europe.

Is the climate emergency a golf emergency? A Net Zero Event for Golf Development and Design

Positioned in the middle of the Atlantic, straddling two continental plates, Iceland is one of the world’s most forward-thinking countries on climate change. It is therefore a natural fit for this year’s Conference to follow the theme of climate change and golf: “Is the climate emergency a golf emergency? A Net Zero Event for Golf Development and Design”.

Seminars during the day of the Conference will focus on how golf courses create an impact through the day-to-day workings of golf, covering design, construction, and operations, from both a local and global perspective. The ideas of carbon reduction, sequestration, measurement and credible disclosure and offsetting will be introduced. By the end of the Conference, delegates will have a greater understanding of the importance of climate change to golf architects and their clients, designs, and approach to projects, and know what stepping forward as climate leaders looks like.

Programme of events

Sunday 26th June

  • Golfers arrive

Monday 27th June

  • 1st Round of the President’s Cup at Brautarholt Golf Course, designed by EIGCA member, Edwin Roald MEIGCA
  • Barbecue Dinner
  • Optional 9 holes late / midnight golf experience

Tuesday 28th June

  • 2nd Round of the President’s Cup at Kelir Golf Course, being redesigned by EIGCA Past President Tom Mackenzie MEIGCA
  • Non-golfers arrive
  • Partners’ Dinner at a unique Icelandic venue – The Perlan

Wednesday 29th June

  • Annual Conference – “Is the climate emergency a golf emergency? A Net Zero Event for Golf Development and Design”
  • President’s Dinner at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Thursday 30th June

  • Departure for most attendees
  • EVQGCD Workshop – Day 1
  • Optional golf experiences

Friday 1st July

  • EVQGCD Workshop – Day 2
  • Optional golf experiences
  • Departure

The Golf Courses

Brautarholt Golf Course is a 12-hole seaside golf course around 30 minutes north of Reykjavik. The course opened for play in 2012 and has five coastal golf holes that hug both clifftops and sandy beaches. Brautarholt considers itself among the world’s greenest golf clubs and its fairways are all mown with small, autonomous, electric mowers.

Planned and routed by EIGCA member Edwin Roald MEIGCA, Brautarholt has enjoyed increased international attention in recent years. It is the only course in the most recent of golf’s main online top-100 lists, that does not have 18 holes, was voted the best course in Iceland by Golf Digest , and ranked among the Top 100 in Europe.

Kelir Golf Course was established in 1967 in Hafnarfjordur, on the airport side of Reykjavik, and is a 18-hole course with links characteristics. However, there is a stark contrast between the front nine, surrounded by lava, and the clifftop, coastal back nine. Keilir is GEO Certified and has been a nationwide pioneer in multiple aspects of its operations, including sustainable turf management and re-use of pre-existing buildings of cultural significance.

The course is currently being redesigned by EIGCA Past President, Tom Mackenzie MEIGCA.

Please save the dates in your diary and you will be contacted by the EIGCA team in the next few weeks when registration opens.

We look forward to this opportunity for the EIGCA community of members, partners, patrons and affiliates to get together for what promises to be a fascinating and informative event.

Photo by James on Unsplash.

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