For those who want to spend an enjoyable holiday's golfing, without sacrificing wellness, good food and art, Italy is undoubtedly a must. In fact, our country offers about 300 courses of 9 and 18 holes, most of which are notable for landscape features, as well as for purely technical reasons.
We start from Piedmont Region, where is the Royal Park I Roveri, in the Regional Park of La Mandria, close to the Royal Palace of Venaria, just 15 km from Turin.
In Lombardy, in the renowned wine region of Franciacorta, near Brescia, there is Franciacorta Golf Club, also called "wine golf course" for its connection with the manufacturers of wine and its name that links each wine cellar to a specific hole.
While near the lake of Montorfano, there is the Villa d'Este Golf Club, located at a height of 400 metres in a scenario reminding of Scotland. The club provides an 18-hole course - one of the most difficult "par 69" in Europe - that passes through forests of chestnut, birch and pine trees, and a beautiful clubhouse overlooking the lake.
There is then the prestigious Golf Club Monticello, located next to Lake Como, with adjoining luxury resort, covering about 140 hectares and equipped with 2 courses of 18 holes each.
For an enjoyable weekend's golf and culture, there are also the numerous golf courses in Tuscany and Latium. To claim the title of Italy's oldest golf club is the Ugolino Club in Florence with a magical location, located on the hills around Chiantigiana, 12 km from Florence.
In Tuscany there is also the Argentario Golf Club, a picturesque place where the encounter between nature, sports and fitness is at its height.
Moving towards Latium, in the countryside around Viterbo is the Golf Club Le Querce, home of the Federal Technical Centre, which hosted a memorable edition of the World Cup. There is then the legendary Golf Club Acquasanta, on the Appian Way, whose 18-hole course, crossed by meandering rivers and bordered by centuries-old pine trees, offers views on the arches of the Claudian Aqueduct, the tomb of Cecilia Metella and the St. Peter's Dome.Not to mention, north of Rome, the historical Golf Club Olgiata, home to many world-class tournaments.
San Domenico Golf in Apulia overlooks the sea. Its 18 holes immersed in 6300 metres of lawns running among the centuries-old olive trees along a lovely stretch of Adriatic coast offer spectacular views.
If the destination of the holiday are the islands, in Costa Smeralda is the exclusive Pevero Golf Club; a very challenging field, whose 18 holes occupy an entire promontory, full of ponds and with a magical underwood, where it is possible to admire breathtaking panoramas.The largest course in Sargegna, however, is the one in Is Molas, with 27 holes and a unique landscape overlooking the sea.
Sicily is also full of golf clubs, including for instance the Donnafugata Golf, whose fields are located in the large estate of Donnafugata Golf, among pristine beaches and areas of great historical value, including cities such as Ragusa, Modica, Ibla, Noto and Scicli, all declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Finally there is the Verdura Golf Club, whose courses blend in harmony with the nature of the beautiful Sicilian landscape, among olive and orange groves and with lovely views on the Mediterranean Sea.
Other Golf Courses:
Emilia Romagna Golf: www.emiliaromagnagolf.com
Poggio dei Medici Golf club: http://www.golfpoggiodeimedici.com/ita/home/default.htm
Golf Club CastelConturbia: http://www.castelconturbia.it/
Circolo Golf Venezia: http://www.circologolfvenezia.it/
Acaya Golf Club: http://www.acayagolfclub.com