Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Circolo Golf Villa D’Este, Italy

Oct 17th

Set amongst lush hills close to Italy’s popular Lake Como, the Golf Club Villa D’Este is a charming course designed by Peter Gannon during the 1920s. The layout here winds through chestnut, birch and pine trees with holes laid across grand, sloping terrain that moves in all direction and features plenty of undulating and attractive vistas.

On occasion the fairways here are a little too steep for quality golf, and a few holes are too cramped, but mostly Gannon did a fine job on the routing given the nature of the topography. The scorecard suggests a short, straightforward course but the par is only 69 and the holes are well defended and often play longer than the yardage suggests. Two of the par fives, the 13th and 17th would be even better as long par fours making this an even more demanding par of 67. But wait, there’s more

Golfclub St.Vigil Seis, Italy

Feb 1st

Golf San Vigilio Seis is located in the holiday region Alpe di Siusi, one of the most beautiful 18-hole golf courses in North Italy enjoys a quiet, idyllic location in the heart of the Dolomites world heritage site. Playable from March to November (850 m above sea level), the 60-hectare course is beautifully embedded in the landscape.


The well maintained and idyllically situated golf course offers canyons, water hazards and water falls, long fairways and less difficult holes. Hole 1 goes trough idyllic lakes and at “Hole in One – Hole 4” you can play, directly after the wild river, on the widespread green.

Hole 15 is a Par 3 with the highest height difference in all of Europe and deserves a record in the World Guinness Records. The highlight is hole No. 15, Par 3, with the largest difference in height in Europe. But wait, there’s more…

Biella Golf Club (Le Betulle) – Italy

Nov 11th

One of Italy’s most highly rated golf courses, the Le Betulle layout at Gollf Club Biella was designed in 1958 by John Morrison through an attractive birth forest to the north of Milan. The property itself is especially pretty in Autumn (Fall) but the surrounding mountains provide an imposing backdrop to the golf for most of the year.

The visual stimulus of Biella, however, is quickly forgotten once you tee off, especially as the opening five holes are rather disappointing. Things do get much better from the 6th, with a number of really effective green sites on small rises, picturesque fairway settings and solid bunkering, but this course needs a serious overhaul and partial redesign to warrant the reputation it has among the European golfing fraternity. But wait, there’s more

Circolo Golf Bogogno (Del Conte Course), Italy

Oct 21st

Established with the opening of its first Robert von Hagge course in 1996, Circolo Golf Bogogno is an impressive 36-hole golf and residential estate set in a sheltered wooded valley in the northern Italian lakes district. Both its Bonora and del Conte courses are made up of nine holes from the original eighteen and another nine completed by von Hagge’s partner Rick Baril later in 2000.

While the del Conte Course enjoys excellent views of the distant Alps, the Bonora Course is superior for its more consistent test and the use of natural streams and ponds to create a number of fine resort style golf holes. The bunkering throughout is both attractive and artistic, although not always used strategically as traps are often placed on the outside of fairways that bend around hazards which themselves offer better angles of attack into the greens. But wait, there´s more

Pevero Golf Club, Italy

Sep 23rd

As part of a sumptuous resort developed in the 1970s by the Aga Khan, Pevero Golf Club is situated on the Costa Smerelda region of Sardinia, and sandwiched spectacularly between the Gulf of Pevero and the sparkling bay of Cala di Volpe. The course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and is set high into hills that overlook the stunning coastline, the regions rocky mountains and the resort town of Porto Cervo.

This must have been a very difficult course to build, as the terrain is steep in areas and covered in rock, which made construction even more demanding. There are some lengthy green to tee walks as a result of the problem areas, but mostly the routing here is quite decent and its the dated design features that most concern. But wait, there’s more

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, Italy

Apr 1st

In the heart of Baroque Sicily near Ragusa lies the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, located in one of the most fascinating parts of Sicily. The pride and joy of the resort are the two exclusive 18-hole championship golf courses designed by two internationally renowned masters.

The “Parkland” north course designed by Gary Player flows among olive groves and carob trees, the characteristic landscape of Ragusa. The course is totally immersed in the world of nature and between holes the golfers can even explore a Greek cemetery from the 6th century A.D.

In contrast, you can take in the “Links” south course designed by Franco Piras with a single glance as it follows two valleys as if it were the palette of an artist displaying all the shades of the beautiful colours of Sicily. But wait, there’s more

Gardagolf Country Club, Italy

Dec 3rd

The Gardagolf Country Club is an Italian golf course located in Soiano del Lago, close to the Lake Garda in the Province of Brescia. The first 18 holes (Red and White Course) designed by Cotton, Pennick, Steel & Partners were inaugurated on the 28th of June 1986, while the Yellow Course was added in 1990.

This wonderfully undulating and excellently maintained layout will test your full range of shot-making, while rewarding you with some of the best views offered from any golf course in Lombardy. To the east is Lake Garda, away to the north, the Alps. Many of the area’s historic attractions fill the foreground; not least the very impressive 10th century Soiano Castle and the renowned Rocca di Manerba. But wait, there’s more

Argentario Golf Club, Porto Ercole, Italy

Nov 5th

In the heart of Maremma the Argentario Golf Club meanders through an oasis, which is being protected by Mediterranean forests, offering extremely beautiful, panoramic views. Situated only 5 minutes from the Duna Feniglia Nature Reserve and 25 km from the Parco dell’Uccellina Reserve the Argentario Golf Club benefits from the Orbetello Lagoon, the sea and the hillside which offer a beautiful panorama and the perfect micro-climate for golf to be played at any time of the year.

Designed by professional golfer Baldoviso Dassù and architect David Mezzacane, this championship 18-hole, Par 71 (6,218 metres ) golf course hosts a number of important competitions at Italian level.

The 18 holes at Argentario have mostly small greens, two of which feature sea and the lagoon whilst one is immersed in the Mediterranean vegetation, and another features water hazard running along one side of the green. A refreshing breeze mitigates the temperature and adds an extra challenge to the game which, on this course, requires a combination of accuracy and power.

The course has been awarded the “Agri Cert” certification for its bio eco-compatibility, and all products used for its maintenance are completely natural.

Whether you are fine-tuning your technique or learning the rudiments of the game, the Argentario Golf Club offers a truly diverse and unique golfing experience.

Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club, Italy

Jun 5th

Set in a typically alpine terrain in the province of Combo at the Lombardia region, the Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club is the second oldest Golf Club in Italy and a proud tribute to the best British golf tradition. History claims that in the early 1900’s an English man has  estabilished with the family in the region to enjoy his father’s inheritance from many years of colonial activity in India. As a typical English gentleman he could not quit golf and so he had a 9-hole-course arranged, which soon became the most popular meeting place for all golf enthusiasts of the region. Together with some friends they supported the building of a nine hole a course at Dervion which was out of the way as they needed to traverse the lake for a game of golf.

They have later found the ideal place for their course, an hilly area in Grandola ed Uniti near Menagggio which was much closer; finally the Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club emerged. All do there are some discrepancies about the inauguration date (1903 or 1907) the Italian Golf Federation defines 1906 as the year of the club’s affiliation. The course is a Par 70 with 5476 meters overlooking the Lake Como and combining old-world values with a heritage of golfing culture. The elevated position of the course provides splendid views in all directions with its 18 holes running up and down according to its natural terrain. Some holes are steep and some fairways narrow and the greens are decidedly undulating.

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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Italy

Apr 11th

The warm climate of Sicily, in Italy, makes the island an excellent all-year-round destination for golf, the courses at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort make it a truly world-class one. Sicily’s first championship venue is actually comprised of two strong 18-hole courses designed by Kyle Phillips, the East and the West, with the Mediterranean Sea in view from every hole. With nearly 2 kilometers of beach frontage in the resort it would have been easy to build one course along the coastline and have the other away from the sea, there was plenty of natural undulation through the deceptively spacious interior, however, the designer wisely choose to spread the best holes, and best terrain, across both courses, giving each a tremendous seaside closing run and an exciting central area that touches the blue waters of the Mediterranean.

Despite both tracks being built to the same standard, and occupying similar ground, the East and West courses provide alternate journeys for golfers to enjoy. Both start beside an internal practice range, the West has a more out and back arrangement with a long stretch of consecutive holes on the front nine but a stirring four hole seaside finale. The East, by contrast, enjoys a two loop routing that changes direction more frequently, its 18th hole is played right alongside the cliffs but the rest of the closing stretch is set on higher, tumbling ground.

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