Best Golf Courses in Italy

While Scotland is arguably the home of golf, Italy offers reliably sunny weather and some really special links set among stunning landscapes, including courses with mountain backdrops and mesmerising lakes. So, if you’re thinking about a golf vacation in Italy, which are the best courses to visit? Here’s our guide.


Royal Park I Roveri near Turin

The Royal Park I Roveri Golf Club in Fiano is set in a large park estate that is one of the region’s most important conservation areas. The scenery on the course, which was designed by Robert Trent, is exquisite, with lush green fields framed by the Alps and decorated with sand dunes. The main course itself has large greens and is not easy, making it a good choice for those who want to challenge themselves. However, there is a smaller nine-hole course that can be used for a warm-up or for a fun game.


Circolo Golf near Venice

The main thing that we like about the Circolo Golf Course is how surprising it is to find an 18-hole course near Venice! It is situated on the Lido and is tucked away inside an old fortress, giving an atmosphere of privacy and secrecy to the links. It is a reasonably challenging course, mainly due to the abundance of water and the 9th hole, which is a blind par-three.


Argentario Golf Resort & Spa in Tuscany

The Argentario Golf Resort & Spa is a new course in the Maremma and is a 5-star resort that you can truly relax in. There is an 18-hole course, a wellness centre and a gourmet restaurant, making it a good choice for a luxury couple's vacation. The course features coastal views and tree-decorated hills that make it especially pretty in the summer, and the resort has a golf academy, with the unique opportunity to receive coaching from Emanuele Canonica.


Biella in Valcarozza

Biella Golf Club is also known as Le Betulle, which means “The Birches” – a nod to the tree-lined beauty of the 18-hole course at this club. The course was originally designed by John Morrison and was constructed around 1957. It stretches for nearly 6500 metres, and with a par of 73, it is quite a challenging and entertaining course, especially since it features strategic bunkers, forest areas and rocky crags.


Villa d’Este near Lake Como

We love this golf course in the Italian Lake District as it captures the beauty of North Italy through its use of the region’s natural features: the greens are lined with pine, chestnut and birch trees, and are framed by the Como Hills, creating a tranquil atmosphere. It is something of a classic rather than a modern course, having been designed by Peter Gannon in 1926, and has entertained royals from Belgium, Britain, Spain and Greece over the years. It is moderately challenging, provided you aren’t distracted by the sensational views of the snow-capped mountains in the distance!


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