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The 10 highest-class golf courses in Italy

In Italy, it is possible to play golf in more than 300 courses, from the northern Lombardy and Piedmont regions to Sicily passing through the central region of Umbria. Wherever golf players choose to stay, either in the northern areas of the country or in a more central location such as the lush region of Umbria, golf lovers will surely find a golf course meeting high standards. Even beach lovers can experience some high-quality golf playing sessions while marvelling at breathtaking sea views. The Pevero Golf Club is one of the most famous and beautiful golf courses in the Mediterranean area, situated on the Smeralda coast, Porto Cervo area, dominating the two bays of Cala di Volpe and Volpero together with Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily. Here below is a selection of the highest-class golf courses in Italy for all those discerning travellers interested in experiencing Italian art, history, culture, landscape and cuisine while having postcard-worthy golf courses easily accessible. Royal Park I Roveri Fiano, Piedmont Thanks to its picturesque location, this golf course is unique in Europe: surrounded by the Olympic Alps and immersed in the Regional Park of the Herd, Royal Park I Roveri is located a short walk from the Palace of Venaria Reale. The Park offers attention to detail and personalized services for members and guests. It also boasts wide availability of facilities for relaxation and wellness. Circolo Golf Torino The Herd, Turin, Piedmont It is situated in the regional park of the beautiful and fascinating Po Valley, already hunting reserve of the Savoy, a stone’s throw from the baroque splendour of the Royal Palace of Venaria.  On its walls are displayed the trophies of the most prestigious golf, both national and international. Circolo Golf Villa d’Este, Montorfano, Lombardy It is located on the hills above Lake Como, in a forest of more than thirty thousand trees. The Golden Book of the Club includes the signature King Leopold of Belgium, Edward of England, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Costantino of Greece, all the prestigious names of the European aristocracy and the flower, art and film industry such as Clark Gable and Bing Crosby. Golf Club Ca’ della Nave Martellago, Venice, Veneto Arnold Palmer is the designer of this golf course where the peculiarity is given by the abundance of water hazards created with artificial lakes that affect as many as 12 of the 18 holes. The significant presence of large bunkers, the technical features of the course as well as the pleasantness of the surrounding landscape rank this Club among the best competition golf courses in Italy. Golf Club Acquasanta, Rome, Lazio One of the oldest and most prestigious in Italy, it was established in 1903 and has since remained one of the highest class and most delicate Italian golf courses. The Club is located very near to the capital’s city centre. It boasts an outstanding field and truly unique features such as the Roman aqueduct running through part of the 18-holes course. Antognolla Golf Course, San Giovanni del Pantano, Umbria Antognolla is certainly the most spectacular golf course situated in the region of Umbria. Located in the centre of Italy, this enchanting region has miraculously remained under the radar and is extremely well preserved. With fewer tourists, its cities have remained more authentic and less pretentious. With shorter distances and less traffic, it is an easier region to explore by car. The promise of just-harvested olive oil and truffles make charming little trattorias an additional reason to visit the region. The exclusive Antognolla Golf Course was designed by the renowned American golf architect Robert Trent Jones Junior, the eighteen-hole field features long cliff-lined fairways and undulating greens. With its beautiful water hazards and large greens, the clever layout makes Antognolla an exciting and satisfying course for golfers of all abilities. It is located in San Giovanni del Pantano, between Perugia and Umbertide, an area well known for its lush, rolling hills. Within the golf course, there is also a restaurant where it is possible to taste delicious dishes made with the very best of local products, including herbs, olives, fruit and vegetables grown on the estate itself. Superb ingredients and authentically rustic dishes as the best tradition of the region are known for. The restaurant delivers more than standard clubhouse food, which attracts diners from across the region. Perugia Golf Club, Perugia, Umbria Golf Club Perugia is located just six kilometres from the historic centre of the Etruscan city of Perugia and strategically located near art cities of great historical and cultural interest, such as Assisi, Gubbio, Todi, Spoleto and Cortona. The gently undulating course is a par 72, the core of which dates back to the late 1950s. The clubhouse is obtained from an old lime kiln dating back to 1921. The original imperious towers are maintained, these guard the path that typically evokes the English fields. Lamborghini Golf Course, Panicale, Umbria Conceived by the engineer Ferruccio Lamborghini, the nine holes course of the Golf Club Lamborghini stretches over a beautiful, hilly landscape close to Lake Trasimeno and is placed inside the same property. The golf course, located in the heart of Umbria, near Lake Trasimeno and Panicale town, was originally constructed in a meandering fashion to intentionally cover a widely spread area of land. Recent changes in its design make the course much more challenging to today’s golfers, inviting experts alike to its greens. Pevero Golf Club Porto Cervo, Porto Cervo, Sardinia According to experts, the Pevero Golf Club is one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world for its sweeping views over the two bays of Cala di Volpe and Volpero. The 18-hole course, which stretches for 6,107 me has a par 72, is regarded as extremely hard for its obstacles that test even the best golfers. Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Agrigento, Sicily The tee shot on the seashore, paths through the arid mountains on one side and the Mediterranean on the other, the three fields of vegetables, two 18-hole golf courses, a nine-hole golf course, all fashioned by a vast plateau are only some of the peculiarities of this wonderful and unique Golf resort. Designed by Kyle Phillips, it is considered among the five best golf resorts in Europe. The Club has the largest golf course in Italy with its two courses and is the pride of Italian golf. Daniela De Luca is CEO at Home in Italy. Home in Italy is a luxury villa rental company offering high end holiday villa experiences throughout the best regions of Italy since 1993. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

Daniela De Luca

Daniela De Luca is CEO at Home in Italy. Home in Italy is a luxury villa rental company offering high-end holiday villa experiences throughout the best regions of Italy. Daniela is based in Italy and has been dealing with luxury villa rentals in Italy since 1994, always keeping in mind the following key features: luxury, privacy, charm, comfort and individuality. Home in Italy offers a careful and targeted selection of properties, visited personally to make sure they meet the high standards required by the guests. Home in Italy also offers a 24/7 concierge service ensuring the guests the warmest hospitality in the finest Italian villas.

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  1. Water, water everywhere. To non-golfers it looks pretty. For us golfers it’s terrifying. A little bit of a slice or a hook and it’s plop. A gust of wind and that’s another lost ball.

  2. We’ve had some great golfing breaks in France, Portugal and Spain over the years. We’d never thought of Italy until I read this, there are some superb courses in this post.

  3. Sicily has been calling to me for a long time. Now I’ve seen that lush golf course, the call has suddenly got a lot louder.

  4. Although I love Rome it would be good to escape the city for half a day with a round of golf on the Lazio course. Must remember that next time I’m there to see friends.

  5. That gorgeous course on Sardinia brings a new meaning to coastal courses for more.

    Most of the links courses I have played in the UK mean a full weather assault from the Atlantic or North Sea.

    Bet there’s far less chance of losing your fingers to frostbite by the Med.

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