People may know Italy for its beautiful wineries and exquisite cuisine, but they might not be aware that it is also home to some of the most excellent golf courses in all of Europe. Because Australian citizenship holders can travel with ease, the country has become one of the great all-round golfing destinations.
Golf Club Biella
Located in the foothills of the Alps, Biella is often rated as the leading golf course in all of Italy. John Morrison, an English designer, did a remarkable job of blending the extraordinary landscape with an artistic golf course. Initially having a smaller area, it now occupies just under 6,500 meters of land. Golfers can also enjoy the advantageously placed bunkers, fairways surrounded by forests, rocky outcrops, and glacial streams on the challenging 73 par course.
Circolo Golf Villa D’Este
With a backdrop of the stunning Lake Montorfano, Circolo Golf Villa D’Este boasts a beautiful 18-hole course. Designed by Peter Gannon, this club has been visited by many royalties over the years. Gigantic trees of chestnut, pine, and ash surround every hole and provide shelter against the heat waves in August. With a low par of 69 and six challenging par threes, it covers almost 5,800 meters. Even though it is among the most difficult courses in Europe, Villa D’Este also hosts many annual amateur competitions. It is among the favourite sites for golfers.
Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club
Located in the 16th-century hunting grounds, Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club boasts 18 great golf holes. It is also known as Trent Jones Sr, named after the legendary architect, Robert Trent Jones Senior, who designed it. The course is characterised by its strategically placed bunkers, lovely water hazards, and undulating greens. With a beautiful backdrop of the Alps and its stunning landscape, it is one of the most picturesque Italian golf clubs. It is very easily accessible to golfers since it is situated only 10km from the airport.
Acquasanta Golf Club
Several golf-loving British expatriates created this Italian golf course, along with fields for other sports, in the eternal city of Rome. Since the club came to life in 1903, it retained its authenticity and can still be challenging to golfers of every level. It is laid out over a beautiful landscape, with a stunning backdrop of Via Appia Antica, Aqua Claudia, and the ancient tomb of Cecilia Metella. While it is not the longest course, it certainly demands strategic thinking to get through the narrow fairways surrounded by pine trees, cypresses, and eucalyptus.
Circolo Golf Torino La Mandria
In the late ’50s, Circolo Golf Torino changed its location to a site that was perfect for its golf-loving members. Its beautiful blue course was designed by a brilliant Englishman, John Morrison, who later also planned the construction of 18 hole yellow course. Both of them test golfers of all talents, with plenty of trees, bunkers, and water hazards. There are no roads, buildings, or any other obstacles nearby, other than the stunning unspoilt natural surroundings for the visitors to enjoy.