Feature Review Udine Golf Club
Udine golf club is located a stone's throw from the Villaverde Resort featuring spa and wellness rooms in a superb hotel.
The course is located on a hillside, offering incredible views over the valley towards the Dolomite mountain range. It is breathtaking.
It was bought in 2013 by Gabriele Lualdi, who has spent a great deal of money developing it, and it is maintained in immaculate condition. The owner has worked hard to ensure that the course is ecologically friendly. Look out for solar panels used to charge the golf buggies.
The hotel has been built into a hillside so that it does not impact upon views from the elevated portion of the valley. This is a clever piece of design and its architecture complements the surroundings.
The practice facilities are superb with double tier, double ended driving ranges. The short game facilities and electronic studios available to the club teaching team are state of the art. Rechargeable robotic lawn mowers keep the range manicured.
Originally founded in 1970, Golf Club Udine is situated against the backdrop of the Carnic Alps and is a Par 72 measuring 6629 yards. English architect John Dering Harris and Venetian Marco Croze prepared a draft plan for the first nine holes, and Croze then went on to complete the design in 1995, adding a further nine holes.
In 2013, club president Gabriele Lualdi appointed agronomist Fulvio Bani to restyle the course, and he has done a magnificent job.
Udine is a proper test for golfers of all abilities and the clubhouse facilities at Villaverde are superb. Many courses have access to incredible views and locations. Some have access to state of the art hotels and leisure complexes. Some have ecological credentials of the highest order. This venue has the lot and will surely have developed into a premier location by the time of the 2022 Ryder Cup.
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