Italy is full of fantastic golf courses which are ideal places to visit on your next golf holiday abroad. The wonderful thing about the Italian golf scene is that there is a high concentration of courses in a relatively small area, meaning that you will be able to take in more courses for your money. Most visitors who come to Italy for the golf will choose one of the major regions and then make that region their base for the trip.
A huge breadth of choice
The North of Italy is the major centre of golf in the country, with around 150 – 160 different courses available for visitors to choose from. This area of the country is much richer than the South, which means that the area has been able to invest in a huge array of fabulous courses which cater for locals and visitors alike. Popular areas include; Turin, Florence, Venice and the Italian Lakes. Most of these areas offer a wonderful selection of courses, all within an hour’s drive of top quality accommodation centres. The north of the country has such a strong infrastructure that it is actually possible to travel from area to area in just a few short hours. This makes it the perfect place for both golf shuttles and self-drive golf enthusiasts. The area is also well connected, with major airlines and low-cost providers flying into multiple airports across the region. There are also strong rail links, meaning that it is possible for most European travellers to get to the area without even having to step onto a plane.
The Italian Lake District
The Italian Lake District is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and has even proved popular with some of the world’s biggest stars. This means that the tourist infrastructure is fantastic, so you will not need to worry about how to get by. If visitors are able to tear themselves away from the gorgeous scenery, there is easy access to some of Europe’s top courses.
Golfers may want to try their hand at a few of the course in the Lake Maggiore region, for example, the Castelconturbia Golf Club, which is widely regarded as Italy’s top course. It is a “must play” course for anyone visiting the area, thanks to its clever course design and spectacular mountain scenery backdrop. Another Robert von Hagge course, the Circolo Golf Bogogno, is also an essential play for anyone visiting the region. This 36-hole course utilises water and natural forests in such a way that the course never fails to excite. Clever play is required at all times if you want to make it back to the club house with a low score.
Alternatively, choose the Lake Como area as your base. Local courses include the Villa D’Este, which is an excellent choice for a first time golf visitor to the Como region. The natural pine forests which surround the fairways help to make this course seem like your own private enclave. There are stunning views off towards the magnificent Alps which help to make this one of Italy’s most picturesque courses. The Menaggio Cadenabbio is another perfect choice for golf tourists, especially those who enjoy classic British style in a unique setting. Many of the courses in the Como area are hilly, so they are recommended for golfers who are physically fit and enjoy a challenge.
Garda and Iseo is the last main lake region in Northern Italy, but it throws up a variety of different challenges for golf enthusiasts. Both Palazzo Arzaga courses take inspiration from American course designs, and offer fantastic opportunities for people who enjoy the grand courses from across the pond. Other course like the Chervo offer a peaceful rural setting with plenty of water features to keep you on your toes. Whichever course you pick, the Garda region is a beautiful choice.
Tuscany and Florence
The favourable climate and the rich, rolling hills help to make Tuscany the perfect golf region, and a great place for those who love Italian food and wine. Ugolino is one of Italy’s oldest courses, and is worth playing for its heritage alone. The quirky front nine are sure to keep you feeling entertained. The Poggio Del Medici course is another one which is not to be missed. This course regularly hosts the Italian Ladies Open, and always provides excitement for players and spectators alike. The testing holes, extensive bunkers and deceptive elevation changes mean that any player will have to have their wits about them if they want to succeed. If you can tear yourself away from the courses in Tuscany and Florence, you will find hundreds of different things to do in the region, from winery tours to historic sights of Florence.
Rome is another great destination for golf holidays in Italy. The capital city is the perfect base for a trip out to some of Italy’s finest Mediterranean style courses. East of Rome you will find the Marco Simone course, which is due to host the Ryder Cup in 2022. For a truly unique course, take the time to visit the Castelgandolfo. This course has been created in the bowl of an extinct volcano. The clubhouse, which is house in a converted 17th Century bishop’s residence, sits triumphant on the caldera rim above the course and offers fantastic views across the majority of holes. You will find no end of cultural entertainment available to you when you get back to Rome. Many of the accommodation choices in this region offer guided tours and excursions to guests who want to see some of the area when they are not on the course.
Choose Italy for your next Golf HolidayItaly’s extensive tourist infrastructure is a huge bonus for those who want to visit the country on a golf break. There is a huge range of accommodation styles to choose from, meaning that Italy is accessible to budget travellers and luxury lovers alike. There are also self-catering and all-inclusive choices available. Italian cuisine is often considered to be one of the finest cuisine types in the world, so your taste buds will thank you for your choice of destination. If you do decide to travel with any non-golfers, they will also find that there are plenty of things to see and do whilst you are a out on the course. All things being consider, Italy is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday abroad.