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Best Golf Courses in Italy

from the experts in Golf Travel

Known for its fine wines and exquisite cuisine, to the untrained eye Italy is a country with comparatively little golfing pedigree as opposed to Spain and other areas of Europe. However, those who adopt this view are in for a treat as you will learn that Italy is home to some of Europe’s leading golf courses and when you put this together with its incredible natural scenery and array of world renowned vineyards; it becomes hard to look past it as one of the great all round golfing destinations.

Becoming the host nation of the 2022 Ryder Cup has bolstered Italy’s reputation as golfing destination and put it on the map for all to see. Francesco Molinari’s victory at the 2018 Open Championship has also given Italian golf the boost it deserves. For those looking for some fun in the sun on some of Europe’s leading championship courses then make Italy your next golf holiday.

Circolo Golf Villa D’Este

To some a par 69 layout maybe an unappetizing prospect however this is certainly not the case. With the magnificent Lake Montorfano as the centrepiece, the course winds its way through uniformly arranged Ash and Pine trees making accurate driving the order of the day. Measuring in at a mere 6,391 yards it is easy to think you can simply bully your way round Circolo Golf Villa D’Este but its narrow fairways demand constant precision throughout the round, testing even the most talented golfers basic skills.

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Quick facts about Circolo Golf Villa D’Este

Location: Montorfano, Northern Italy & Lakes
Length: 6,331 yards
Par: 69
Designed by: Peter Gannon
Established: 1926

Golf Club Biella

Golf Club Biella has rightly earned the reputation as being Italy’s leading golf course. English designer John Morrison has sympathetically blended the regions stunning natural landscape with fantastic golf course design to create a piece of golfing art. Set in the foothills of the Alps, the pristine fairways glide over the undulating terrain whilst the rocky outcrops lie in wait for any errant tee shots. The glacial streams that flow through the course only add to its beauty and make it impossible to have bad round here regardless of how you play.

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Quick facts about Golf Club Biella

Location: Regione Valcarrozza, Northern Italy and Lakes
Length: 7,155 yards
Par: 73
Designed by: John Morrison
Established: 1958

Acquasanta Golf Club

The saying “with age comes beauty” is definitely applicable to Acquasanta Golf Club. The course is considered to be the oldest in Italy and each year is still ranked as one of the country’s finest courses. In time with the era it was created in, the course is by no means long but instead poses golfers with a different challenge to the monster resort courses we have become accustomed too. Players must be precise in their stroke play especially when playing the 17th which is downhill towards a green guarded by deep bunkers and streams. Hazards have earnt their name round Acquasanta as a trip in one will almost certainly leave you dropping a shot.

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Quick facts about Acquasanta Golf Club

Location: Rome, Italy
Length: 6,000 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Unknown
Established: 1903

Verdura Resort and Roccoforte Hotel 5*

Regarded as one of the best golfing destinations in Europe, the outstanding 5 star resort has something for everyone to enjoy. The golf course is designed by world renowned Kyle Phillips who is responsible for creating some of the world’s best coastal courses. Here in Sicily, Phillips has thrown the modern day rule book out the window and conjured up a course reminiscent of some of the oldest and best links that line the Scottish coast. Measuring in at 7,400 yards and with fairways that are bordered by breathtaking drops to the sandy beaches below, Verdura Golf course is not for the faint hearted. However, its’ variety of tee boxes means it presents an appropriate challenge for golfers of all abilities.

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Quick facts about Verdura Resort and Roccoforte Hotel 5*

Location: Sicily
Length: 7,400 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Kyle Phillips
Established: 2001

Is Arenas Golf Country Club

Is Arenas Golf Club is the product of 3 of America’s most acclaimed golf course designers. The trio have created a course that merges perfectly with the surrounding scenery as the forest, sand dunes and four lakes are the focal point of which the course was built around. Each hole is surrounded by towering trees which make for an incredible setting to play golf in and for those looking to see the spectacular Sardinian coastline then 17th will not disappoint you.

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Quick facts about Is Arenas Golf Country Club

Location: Sardinia, Italy
Length: 6,885 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Von Hagge, Mike Smelek and Rick Baril
Established: N/A

Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club

Set in the stunning La Mandria Park, Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club boasts 18 glorious golf holes designed by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Snr. The course is characterised by its dramatic bunkers, beautiful water hazards and undulating greens which can be home to some tricky flag positions. The amazing array of flora and fauna that resides at Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club combined with the Alpine backdrop make it one Italy’s most picturesque golf courses and with it being just 10km from the airport, do not waste any time in hopping off the plane and straight onto the course.

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Quick facts about Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club

Location: La Mandria Park, Turin
Length: 7,180 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones Snr.
Established: 1971

Castelconturbia Golf

Another one of Robert Trent Jones’ masterful creations are the two loops at Castelconturbia Golf which are set in the foothills of the magnificent Alps. In typical Trent Jones fashion the course is littered with dramatic bunkers making pinpoint precision from the tee the order of the day. The course has also played host to the prestigious Italian Open and is highly regarded by some of the European Tour’s greatest players. So if you are looking to walk where the pros have and test yourself on one of Italy’s finest courses then Castelconturbia Golf is a must play.

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Quick facts about Castelconturbia Golf

Location: Northern Italy and Lakes
Length: 6,998 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert TrentJones Snr.
Established: 1984

Circolo Golf Torino La Mandria, Blu Course

Torino Golf Club is rich in history as it was designed by 11 players following the aftermath of WWI. In 1956, the club moved locations to the spectacular plains of the River Po and with John Morrison at the helm of the design committee, the course boasts a quintessentially British feel in the heart of some Italy’s most stunning scenery. The special character of the course is due to the fact that “everything is built around golf”; there are no roads or buildings, or any other obstacles for you to avoid, except the stunning unspoilt natural surroundings.

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Quick facts about Circolo Golf Torino La Mandria, Blu Course

Location: Rurin, Italy
Length: 6,826 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: John Morrison
Established: 1956

Bogogno Golf Resort, Conte Course

Located just outside Europe’s fashion capital of Milan, golfers a treated to spectacular views of Lake Maggiore upon around at Bogogno Golf Resort. With vast bunkers lining the fairways and water guarding the greens, the 7,092 yard layout provides a stern test for even the most skilled golfers. With stunning views and 18 glorious championship golf holes, those looking to play the best Italy has to offer must play Bogogno Golf Resort.

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Quick facts about Bogogno Golf Resort, Conte Course

Location: Bogogno, Italy
Length: 7,092 yards
Par: 72
Designed by: Robert Von Hagge, Mike Smelek and Rick Baril
Established: 1998

Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa

With 36 stunning championship golf holes, Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa is slowly on the rise as one of Sicily’s leading golf resorts. Natural beauty, excellent weather, memorable vistas and great food mean Sicily actually has few equals in the Mediterranean region, and Donnafugata exploits all these qualities to the full, easily standing comparison with the growing number of excellent courses on the island, including the stand-out layouts at Il Picchio and Le Madonie.

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Quick facts about Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa

Location: Deal, Kent
Length: 7,245 yards
Par: 71
Designed by: Henry Hunter, James Braid, Sir Guy Campbell, Henry Cotton
Established: 1892