Golf in Italy
Golf Holidays to ItalyThe Italian experience is sure to be extremely fulfilling with some of the finest cuisine, architecture, fashion, fine golf courses and natural scenery in Europe if not the world. From the historic capital of Rome where some of the world’s most famous buildings stand such as the Roman colosseum and the Vatican to the extremely fashionable city of Milan where the exclusive brands of Armani and Gucci hail from. Golf breaks to Italy are becoming more popular year on year.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the busy cities there are many other unique places to visit, a wonderful example is the city of Venice which appears to be floating due to the network of canals throughout. Further afield is the wonderful region of Tuscany with the fine cuisine and arts it will not go unappreciated, especially if a visit to the romantic city of Florence is taken in. The must see Italian lakes of Garda and Como provide both non golfing and golf tourists alike with a fantastic opportunity to see some of the natural world’s finest scenery. Italy has witnessed a boom in tourism over the past years, which is in no small part down to the availability of cheaper direct flights from across Europe and the world.
Golf courses in Italy
The Golf Club Bologna is history, tradition and is even more: the club is the oldest one among those which go on “according to tradition” according to the will of its founder.
Achille Sassoli de Bianchi “wanted it, created it and I know how much he loved it,” his wife Anna says proudly. Today Filippo Sassoli, just as proudly as Achille, runs and loves it.
Its overall shape is reminiscent of British inland courses, with greens well protected by bunkers and nothing particularly original about the layout as a whole. You certainly wouldn’t come here just for the thrills of striking visual beauty, but the moderation in the layout of hazards makes this a pleasant course for almost every player. Only the very best might rue the absence of a tougher challenge.
Le Fonti Golf club is situated in the fascinating Sillaro Valley, with a mild and pleasant microclimate, surrounded by gently rolling hills.
The course, which stretches for a total of 6,480 metres, has 18 holes and is par 72, and is extremely varied and entertaining both for experienced players and beginners. The clubhouse provides catering services within excellent restaurant that develops the local traditions of food and wine with flair and impeccable hospitality.
Together with the surrounding area, the course, overlooking the spa facilities and on the outskirts of the medieval town, offers an ample variety of opportunities for fine dining, recreation, cultural activities, sports and music that allow guests to enjoy a pleasant and unforgettable stay.
Three spectacular, world-class, new golf courses have been built at Verdura, one of very few sites on the rugged, rolling island of Sicily where such an opportunity is possible.
Phillips, who designed the stunning Kingsbarns Links just outside St Andrews in Scotland, and also the immaculate parkland courses at The Grove in Hertfordshire, as well as numerous US projects, is renowned for preserving and accentuating the essential character of the site, through his creative use of both natural and man-made landforms.
The East Course is 7,221 yards long and the West Course is 7,474 yards from the championship tees; the Short Course, a nine-hole par-3, is 1,056 yards. There is also a Composite Championship Course made up of holes from the East and West, should a professional championship be staged in the future, measured at 7,458 yards. Each hole on the East and West has five tee positions to choose from: the minimum length of the East is 5,505 yards, and the West 5,753 yards. Tee times are arranged at 12-minute intervals to ensure free-flowing play, and each day one of the courses will be dedicated to two-ball play only.
Resorts in Italy
This superb boutique resort with golf course and wellness centre is in southern Tuscany between Rome and Pisa. The rooms are chic and stylish, each featuring a terrace with views of the golf course or Monte Argentario and there is also an exclusive three-bedroom cottage. The Dama Dama Restaurant offers Tuscan and Italian cuisine, with particular attention to the culinary traditions of the region. The large outdoor areas include a panoramic terrace, a swimming pool and tennis courts. The region with its charming traditional villages and unspoilt coastline is well worth exploring.
Argentario is a challenging course with small greens and has hosted various prestigious golf tournaments including the Ladies Italian Open. It is in a picturesque setting in a nature reserve and has won awards for its bio eco-compatibility. It is a relatively flat course with two contrasting nines, the front 9 has elevated tee positions and lots of water hazards with views of Orbetello lagoon and the back 9 plays towards Monte Argentario.
Is Molas Hotel is located 33 kilometres from Cagliari, near Pula. Thanks to its extraordinary panoramic position, it enjoys a magnificent view of the sea of Sardinia, the tower of Nora and the hills of Sulcis, cloaked in the colours and scents of the Mediterranean macchia. Open from March to November, Is Molas Hotel has 75 rooms and one suite. The rooms are laid out on three levels and frame the garden, with its lawn and typical Sardinian shrubs, like a theatre. From the reception you enter the hall, with its indoor bar, open in the afternoon and evening. The atmosphere is welcoming, peaceful and cheerful, with an unmistakable Mediterranean touch. The dining room of the restaurant is at the disposal of the hotel’s guests for lunches and dinner. The cuisine offered by the chef of Is Molas Hotel to its guests is based on the local products of Pula and Sardinia: constantly changing recipes, inspired by the Mediterranean tradition and enriched with touches of the Orient, presented with great care. The restaurant can seat around 150 indoors and the same number in the terrace. From May to September the heart of the hotel is the garden laid out around the swimming pool, with an open-air bar sheltered by the wooden patio. The town of Pula, with its nightclubs, shops and the private beach of the Is Molas Beach Club, is just a few minutes from the hotel. The golf course of Is Molas with its 27 holes is only 100 metres from the reception.