Feature Review Golf Club Castel dAviano
Par 72, 6,571 yards, yellow tees; 5,684 yards, red tees
The course which wraps itself around the hotel is not terribly long, but accuracy off the tee is essential and it provides an interesting challenge.
Behind the first green stands a religious icon in a wooden case as if on sentry duty. Count Giovanni Policreti created the gardens as a healing space for his sick wife and built the shrine to give thanks for her recovery.
Course management is the key to scoring well here. There was water in play on numerous holes on the front nine, meaning that you really do have to focus on your tee shots.
The par threes are beautifully constructed, all of which were challenging. The greens were in good order and few locals play the course, but at least this means the visiting golfer should have no problem gaining access to the course and its facilities.
With two distinct nines, for me, the older, tree-lined nine was the most enjoyable but with stunning views afforded by the newer nine, a round at Castel d’Aviano Golf club is a thoroughly delightful experience.
Add this to the proximity of an excellent, intimate hotel offering superb local food and wine and you have the perfect venue for the visiting golfer.
Buggies are available but this is an easy walking course with few terrain changes that would cause an issue. There is an air force base nearby and occasionally you will be distracted by the sight of aircraft making incredible manoeuvres around the valley. I had never seen a vertical take-off and landing plane at close proximity and it was an impressive sight.
After you have played, there is the chance to choose from a superb menu, with options such as sea food risotto, complimented with a glass of wine.
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