Faroe Islanders can expect to play golf on a golf course for the first in the Faroe Islands in 2020. Tórshavn Municipality has agreed to build a course in Glyvursnes, a large area of land located close to the capital.
The initial plan is to build a nine-hole golf course. However, the course’s design will allow for the development of nine additional holes. Three holes will be built per year, starting in 2020 and finishing in 2022. The nine-hole course will therefore be completed in 2022 or 2023.
There are also plans to build a golf simulator that will give people the opportunity to learn the game before venturing onto the golf course. This is a way to introduce golf to children and adults, to increase people’s curiosity for the sport and to attract more golf players.
Gunvør Balle, deputy mayor of Tórshavn Municipality, sees great potential in a golf course.
She says: “We want the golf course to function as a recreational area for all sorts of activities. A beautiful place that everyone and anyone can use to exercise in the outdoors. Golf is no longer seen as an exclusive sport, but rather something that anyone can play. We’re pleased to be able to offer our citizens and visitors from abroad the opportunity to play golf in the municipality of Tórshavn.”
Gunvør says a golf course can also help attract tourists from all over the world.
“Golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the world,” she says. “Golf tourism provides a great opportunity for us to tap into a market that we have previously not been able to do. During the summer months, our days are very long, meaning people are able to play golf during the night should they wish to. We see plenty of exciting possibilities.”
The nine-hole golf course will cover an area of 270,000 square metres and is estimated to cost 27 million Danish kroners. It will include a course, a clubhouse and possibly also a restaurant.
Words: Levi Hanssen, faroeislands.fo
Pic: Tórshavn Municipality