Guide to Golf in Northern Italy
Boasting highly regarded courses, striking scenery and excellent accommodation options, a break to northern Italy – featuring several of Europe’s most impressive cities – has become an increasingly popular option for visitors looking for more than just golf, tapping into the hugely significant wealth of culture, gastronomy and tourist orientated that this beautiful region can offer.
North West Italy and Turin
Turin is an attractive and architecturally rich city situated on the foot of the Alps in the north of the country, easily accessible from the airports in London, which provides a classic Mediterranean climate in the summer. Capital of the Piemonte area of the nation, this is the ideal destination for those seeking a more suburban and cultural based trip, with several excellent golf courses easily reached nearby.
More specifically, there are the 36 holes at Royal Park Golf Club – including the Trent Jones and Pramerica. Host of the European Tour’s prestigious Italian Open in 2017, the club possesses two of the country’s finest and highest rated layouts. The superb Torino Golf Club – home of the Molinari brothers – is also within this area and is a must-play for anyone in Turin.
Others may be drawn towards Milan and the Lombardia region of northern Italy to sample the bustling nightlife and famous shopping districts of a city home to two of Europe’s best-known football clubs. For something a touch more tranquil and soothing, the beautiful Lake Como is a welcome option, as there are several excellent courses places around the lakes.
Elsewhere, visitors can stay on-site at the Le Robinie Resort or Palazzo Arzaga Hotel & Spa, the latter of which provides 27 holes of superb golf, taking advantage of its relaxing surroundings.
Additionally, Liguria is the region for those hoping for a quieter, more authentic taste (literally) of Italy. Famed for its beaches, traditional Italian towns and cuisine, the area can be reached through Genoa or Albenga Airports and guests of the nation can stay at the delightful La Meridiana Golf Resort 5*.
North East Italy and Venice
However, for those of a more romantic or architectural persuasion, it’s difficult to surpass the unsurpassed beauty of Venice. The regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia have become internationally popular with visitors, and they have much to entice golfers, who can stay at the superb 4* Villaverde Hotel & Resort and play the Championship Course at Udine Golf Club, with nearby tourist destinations within proximity.
In terms of those attractions, most will be drawn to Venice itself, a city famous for not having roads, being otherwise comprised of a route of canals, including the Grand Canal that runs through breathtaking Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The world famous central square, Piazza San Marco, is home of the world-renowned St. Mark’s Basilica which is notably tiled with mosaics dating back to the Byzantine era, and the Campanile bell tower that provides views across the city’s striking red roofs.
For a combination of golf, architecture, food and history, the north of Italy is an unforgettable experience, and one that can be booked through the assistance of Golfbreaks.com.