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Golf Travel Guide: Italy

Written by  on Sunday, 25 September 2011
Golf Travel Guide: Italy

Italy isn't known as a huge golf destination, which means that you can enjoy a wonderfully relaxed vacation and some fabulous scenery without enduring hoards of tourists.

Most clubs are located towards the north of the country where it is most populated, especially around Rome, Florence and the other major cities around the Northern Plains. You can be sure that any holiday in this region will benefit from being close to an excellent golf course.

Here are a few of our highlights:

Le Robinie Golf Resort

Just 23 miles outside of Milan in the North of Italy lies the only course in Italy to be completed by Jack Nicklaus and his Golden Bear architectural firm. You can tell that Nicklaus firmly left his stamp on the layout of the gorgeous, 7,150 yard parkland course, with its amphitheatre greens, terraces, bunkers and ponds.

The resort includes a 3* hotel, driving range, indoor swimming pool, putting greens, gym, sauna and practice area, along with a bar and two restaurants. Visitors are welcome seven days a week, but must book in advance.

Green fees

  • 18 hole weekday: €54
  • 9 hole weekdays: €30
  • 18 hole weekends: €80
  • 9 hole weeneds: €43

Reduced rates for day tickets, hotel guests, juniors and seniors are available.

Golf Club Biella (known locally as 'Le Betulle' - 'The Birches')

37 miles North East of Turin lies Golf Club Biella, also known as The Birches (Le Betulle), and often ranked among the top courses in Italy. It's not difficult to see why: Biella offers a challenging 6,497 yard, par 73 layout in stunning, serene surroundings with views of the Alpine foothills from the raised par five 16th.

The course was designed by English architect John Morrison, who expertly crafted the varied terrain and beautiful parkland to provide not only the perfect backdrop but a demanding course too. Travellers are well catered for in the Lodge with accommodation and an excellent restaurant.

Green fees

  • Weekdays: €70
  • Weekends & holidays: €110

San Domenico

Travelling to the South of Italy, in the Puglia region is the gorgeous Mediterranean links course at San Domenico. In 2003 the course was expertly shaped and crafted, and the flat landscape transformed into rolling fairways with views over the Adriatic.

The PGA European Challenge Tour Grand Final has been hosted on this 6,986 yard par 72 championship course since 2005, and with its shoreline breezes and array of bunkers it will pose an interesting challenge to any keen golfer.

Green fees

  • High season 18 holes: €70
  • Low season 18 holes: €50

Whichever course you decide upon for your Italian adventure you can be sure of fantastic scenery and stunning views. There are several to choose from around most major cities, especially in the North, which means that you can have the benefit of staying in a bustling centre while being able to head just out of town to the countryside to enjoy a round or two.

For this reason, hiring a car is highly recommended as this will allow you to explore the area at your own leisure.

With most major airports in the UK serving the main regions of Italy, it's the perfect choice for a relaxed break away for some golf in the warm Mediterranean sun.

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Andrew originally met the Chairman, Paul Gibbons, when he was an assistant Golf Pro at Reading Golf Club 28 years ago.

Interestingly, 15 years later Andrew was giving Paul a series of lessons, during which he mentioned there was a club in Hampshire which was up for sale. After going to visit the club, Mr Gibbons ended up buying Sandford Springs. 

Andrew joined the company a couple of years later and six years on, he became the General Manager at the club they had first discussed all that time ago.

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