Designed by: Marco Croze
Opened in: 1996
Hosting: 2022 Ryder Cup
TEESWhite: 6,508 yards
Yellow: 6,283 yards
Black: 5,629 yards
Red: 5,433 yards
Designed by Marco Croze, this gorgeous par 72 championship layout opened in 1996 and is best known for a duo of holes featuring island greens, which lead Today’s Golfer to nickname dub as Europe’s Sawgrass. High praise indeed.
Suffice to say, with Grado Lagoon and a networks of streams and man made lakes and ponds, water is the defining feature here, with a number of forced carries and plenty of hazards to negotiate on your way around the course. Finish your round at Grado with the same ball that you teed off with and you’ll have had a good day at the office!
Further challenges come in the form of the dramatically contoured greens and the breeze that blows in from the Adriatic Sea.
Constantino Rocca, who famously lost out in a playoff to John Daly at the 1995 Open Championship at the St Andrews Old Course is a fan, saying of the course: “The course is challenging but fair and has a real linksy feel, being close to the sea and with the wind coming into play. It has some tough holes and some very memorable ones such as the par three first hole which plays to an island green. The course is suitable for all levels of ability though and would make for an enjoyable few rounds on holiday.”
Part of the Tenuta Primero Resort, golfers paying Grado a visit also have the opportunity to plenty of off-course facilities, including a stunning marina, private beach and wellness facilities including a heated swimming pool, as well as tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. Of course, there are also ample practice facilities at the golf club too, with an excellent driving range featuring covered bays, as well as short game practice facilities including areas in which to practice both your pitching and putting before taking to the course.
There’s also a superb selection of restaurants and bars including the renowned Al Casone restaurant located in the clubhouse, where golfers can relax after their rounds, sip a glass or two of a local vintage before enjoying one of the most highly regarded fine dining experiences in the region.