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Tradition, history, cuisine combined with challenging and picturesque golf courses.

The Courses

Golf Club Venice

Legend has it that Henry Ford was the leading force behind the creation of a golf course on the Lido in Venice.

Many world famous Pro's have played on this course. Arnold Palmer, who still holds the 5 under par record, Severiano Ballesteros, Tony Jacklin, Lee Trevino to name a few. The course has many peculiar features. There are cluster pines, weeping willows, poplars and mulberry-trees that make the course green and useable all year round. The bora or scirocco winds that pass require sudden changes in game tactics, as well as the other intrinsic difficulties of the course. All these elements make Venice Golf Club one of the top 10 Italian courses.  Part of the experience is the journey to reach the course! 

Ca' Della Nave

Cà della Nave is the first of three golf courses which were designed at the end of the 1980's by the famous USA Golf champion, Arnold Palmer, notorious world wide for his golf course designs. Taking inspiration from nearby Venice he introduced 27 holes strategically placed amongst water.

At the beginning the course allowed strong players to navigate the course with a certain amount of ease due to the cut of the doglegs but now that the surrounding trees have grown in size the course it not quite a walk in the park anymore. As well as the rich vegetation and greenery the player also has to take into consideration the bunkers which in some cases are immense.

Arnold Palmer created a top class course which is both technically and aesthetically pleasing, developed over 75 hectares. The large bunkers dispersed along the fairways protect the wide and fast greens, they harmoniously sit between the greenery and the large expanse of water along the horizons until they arrive at the 18th hole where the course opens up into a beautiful, natural amphitheatre inside the park.

It is a technical and fascinating course. One of the main peculiarities of the course are the water obstacles created with large artificial lakes which are features of 12 out of the 18 holes. With all of this and the large American style bunkers, the technical aspects and beautiful surrounding scenery this is considered to be one of the best competition courses in Italy.

Ugolina

Florence’s oldest golf course was founded in 1889 by British emigrés and was recreated in 1933.  Home to the Italian Open Championship on numerous occasions, this is one of the most beautiful courses in Italy.  In fact, American writer Chris Santella named it among the top 50 courses in the world.

With sweeping views of the Chianti area and sloping fairways lined with ancient and impressive trees, including cypress trees that dot the sky like exclamation points, this course is as classy and classic as Chianti wine – but don’t be fooled by the relatively short 6275 yardage (5741metres). This course is very demanding due to the naturally sloping terrain, tight fairways and small and protected greens.  You’ll need more accuracy than distance to master this layout.  Exactly how golf in Tuscany should be played!

Golf Club Toscana Resort Castelfalfi

The course of the Golf Club Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is one of the most fascinating in terms of landscape and views and one of the most challenging, built according to principles of sustainability without the addition of superfluous artificial elements.  With its 27 holes, divided into two courses, it invites expert players to rise to the challenge and is fun for practicing amateurs. There is also a driving range with grass tees, covered areas for golf clinics and a small Club House with bar and terrace.

Both courses are the result of the accurate re-designing of the original course, a project undertaken by two expert architects: Rainer Preissmann and Wilfried Moroder, both EIGCA associates – European Institute of Golf Course Architects – London.

The Mountain Course (Par 72, 6.351 meters) has been awarded at international level, 3rd prize of the prestigious “GOLF INC. Renovation of the Year Award 2011”. It is a Champion Course, challenging and highly technical but is also suitable for less expert players thanks to the five different tee boxes.

Golf Parco De Medici

Explore the magic atmosphere of the Golf Course Parco de' Medici with 27-hole Championship Golf Course, more than 80 hectares of green and a beautiful view of the greens and lakes; just a few steps from the City Centre.

The renowned Golf Club Parco de’ Medici is located in the heart of the hotel complex, with its 27-holes Golf Course (white course par 35, blue course par 37 and red course par 35; course rating 72.9, slope rating 135) 3 Putting greens, indoor Driving Range for 12 and outdoor driving range for 30 persons.

Circolo Golf Roma Acquasante

The Acquasanta is the oldest club in Italy.

Established in 1889 this very pleasant, rolling parkland layout, has stood the test of time, and still provides golfers of all levels with a thorough and enjoyable examination.

The rise and fall of the course follows the natural contours of this surprisingly rural environment constantly demands good course management and skilful shot making. It’s a great old-style course in superb setting of plants and trees with views of old aquaducts and the Apian Way.

The championship course is fairly tight.  Pines and other trees line the fairways with some that come into play.  This is a pleasantly sloping course crossed by streams, often just in front of the greens. Both spectacular and natural the course blends delicately into the landscape of a typical roman countryside.