Golf in Italy dates all the way back to the early 20th century but it perhaps hasn’t caught on as well as it has in the UK and Spain. It is somewhat surprising considering how much Italians love sport; perhaps their energetic nature is better suited to football and motor racing!
Despite the fact that golf isn’t played by as many people as other countries, it hasn’t stopped the production of some beautiful golf courses all over the country and more recently some top quality professionals – the Molinari brothers, who together won the World Cup of Golf in 2009, and Matteo Mannasero, who at the age of just 20 has already picked up 4 European Tour titles.
With over 200 golf courses – many surprisingly based around the major cities – you are truly spoilt for choice when playing golf in Italy. Although the sport is not comparatively popular with Italians, the country is becoming an extremely popular destination for golfing holidays due to the quality of golf courses and the temperate climate which allows golf to be played all year round.
The majority of golf courses are situated amongst the beautiful scenery that the country is renowned for making your round a quite brilliant experience. Some of the world’s most eminent designers have designed courses in Italy, including Robert Trent Jones and Jack Nicklaus.
The Piedmont region, in the north west of the country bordering France and Switzerland, is known for being one of the best places to play golf.
The Robert Trent Jones designed Royal Park I Roveri is less than 10 miles from the centre of Turin. The golf course is host of the Italian Open and has been widely recognised as one of the best golf courses since it opened in 1971. In recent years another 18-hole course has been constructed on the same site by Hurdzan-Fry – the renowned architects from North America.
Lombardy, another region in the north of the country, is also a popular golfing holiday destination. In the famous sparkling wine area of Franciacorta lies Franciacorta Golf Club . The course is carved through a forest with the holes meandering through it and along the adjacent lake. There are remarkable views of the neighbouring vineyards and valleys from all over the course.
Tuscany is one of the most popular holiday regions in the whole of Europe but it is little known that the region is filled with beautiful golf courses. The oldest course in Italy, Ugolino Club near Florence is situated in an enchanted spot amongst the hills of Chiantigiana. It’s a fantastic place to play for a weekend, combining the trip with a visit to one of Europe’s cultural hubs, Florence.
The islands of Sardina and Sicily are also home to some quality golf courses. Is Molas has 27 holes which are set amongst exceptional scenery and overlooking the sea. It is the largest course in Sardinia.
Sicily is jam-packed with golf courses! The Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa has emerged as one of the best resorts in Italy where you can combine a relaxing stay with beautiful beaches and visiting the various UNESCO sites on the island.
Away from the golf, there is so much to do! As many of the courses are situated a stone’s throw from some of the major cities, there is plenty on offer. The cities of Italy are filled with history, art and culture as well as having the some of the best restaurants in Europe – the Italians are renowned for their gastronomy!
With cheap, daily flights available to and from all of Europe’s major airports, Italy is fast becoming an extremely popular destination for golfing holidays. The stunning courses, beautiful weather and the rich tradition of the country are what attract golfers to the country – have a look at the various first-class golf holiday packages that we have available on our website to find out more!