A lot of the time, the videos we make only show the amazing parts of the trip. But in between the parts that make the final cut, are the ones that kick your ass. These trips are tough. They’re a lot of work. And it’s always hard for us to find some time to sleep. Mostly because we want to do everything we can, in the amount of time we have there. So is the exhaustion our fault? Yup. But it’s all worth it.
Our ride to Siglufjordur was one of those moments where it all seemed to come crashing down. Energy was low. Maybe even non-existent. Moral was gone. But with a group like ours, one thing can change everything very quickly. – Golf – We stumbled upon a little niner, and the energy that went through our bodies was incredible. One moment all we wanted to do was sleep. The next, we have the single straps ready to go and we’re playing on an empty golf course. The course was cute, and all we needed on that day. After a few holes, it was time to make the 2-hour drive to Siglo.
When I last wrote to you, I mentioned the hot spring and midnight fries. Well, they were both so good I thought I’d mentioned them again. The view from the hotel lobby is still one of the most beautiful hotel views I’ve seen. The bay, surrounded by snow-frosted mountains, and sunlight. Even though it was the middle of the night. Again, weird.
After our fries, we went to the room for a quick shower. And I say quick because we had more golf to play. At 2 AM we met with Johann. Johann has been midnight golfing several times, but only when tourists are crazy enough to do it. So I guess he was ready for us. Siglo Golf Course is a 9 hole track, carved into both valley and forest. Designed by our new friend Edwin. It was gorgeous, and an obvious example of how good Edwin is at his job. But focusing on golf was tough. Not only were we running on E, but a hot spring was waiting for us back at the hotel. And did I mention we were tired? For a moment up the 9th, I thought we were in Thailand.
Golf in Iceland is interesting. The more we played, the more we saw, the more we realized how important 9 holes are. Courses in Iceland worry more about quality than quantity of holes. I love that. Not everyone has time for 18 holes every day. 5 hours is a long time. But 9 holes, that’s something everyone has time for.
Throughout the toughest time in memory, the game we love was there.
Once we were back at the hotel, the spring seemed to relieve all our stress and pain that accumulated over the last few days. It was a moment in time where we finally stopped. These trips are go, go, go. This was rest. But when you’re in a place like that, it’s hard to stop. It’s hard to want to stop. But I think Colt said it perfectly…
“Who needs sleep, right?”
Storyteller, artist, filmmaker, 6 handicapper and one of the fastest growing names in golf content. Erik created the show Adventures in Golf for the PGA Tour, traveling around the world finding and telling the most outrageous and unique stories in golf. His YouTube channel is focused on both long and short form golf videos from in depth interviews, wild golf trips and personal challenges. He is the co-founder of Random Golf Club a rapidly growing golf media and product company.