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The legend – or rather the sterotype – says that Italy is the country of the ‘four M’s’: mamma, mafia, maccheroni, and mandolino. We may accept our nation to be praised for its family values, its gastronomy, its music, but as to criminality, let’s make it drop. ‘M’ may stand for the young British Amateur golf champion Matteo Manassero or for the Molinari brothers - Edoardo and Francesco -, in the top 100 golf players’ world list. Actually, Italy can now be celebrated for its turistic venues as well as for its golf courses, some of which are 100 years old, embedded in superb natural sceneries with modern or modernized ancient resorts with all kinds of world class facilities.
From the North to the South, we have selected four architectural beauties. A charming 5-star resort in the verdant hills of Franciacorta, in the centre of Lombardy, L'Albereta Relais & Chateaux is an enchanting place off the beaten track. The ideal get-away for those seeking the pleasure of “some time-out”, L'Albereta seduces its guests with refined proposals of wellness and haute cuisine, with the Gualtiero Marchesi Restaurant and SPA Espace Vitalité Henri Chenot wellness & medical centre. The course, continuously improved over the years both technically and aesthetically, sets out on 27 holes on the three 9-hole courses named after the three wine varieties produced in the area: Brut (1 to 9), Saten (10 to 18) and Rosé (19 to 27) curling along woods, vineyards and the large lake. The holes, by accounts of both professional and amateur players, are technical, difficult but also enjoyable.
In the heart of one of the most striking corners of Tuscany is the Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort, a member of the The Leading Hotels of the World. The 18-hole course, designed by Ronald Fream of Golfplan, is gently undulating and full of hazards and bunkers defending wide and long greens. In the early hours of the morning, deer, porcupines, hares, pheasants and many different species of birds common in the Maremma can often be seen. After the effort on the course, the Thermal SPA is the ideal place to regenerate all senses. The hot sulphurous water (37° C), which has been flowing from the earth for the last 3000 years, is composed of elements capable of positive stimulation of the entire body, in particular the muscles, the bones and the respiratory tracts. All thermal and beauty treatments, massages, medical cures can be experienced at the Terme di Saturnia SPA and at the new ‘Blackrose’ luxury relaxation area: revitalization programmes in dreamlike scents and sounds.
Nestled within the olive groves of the Apulian region are the golf courses of San Domenico and Acaya. The San Domenico Golf Course lies near the small fisherman village of Savelletri di Fasano, in the Brindisi province. Its 18 holes – a work of European Golf Design - offer a real Scottish links where the wind plays a significant role and creates, together with strategic bunkering, definitive fairway shaping and clever green design, a challenging track. Owned by San Domenico Golf are the three beautiful properties around the course. Masseria San Domenico, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is a 5 star deluxe SPA and thalassoterapy resort: its whitewashed building dates back to the 15th century, when it was used by the Knights of Malta as a watch-tower. Masseria Cimino is an 18th century building with 15 rooms, some of which are located in the ancient tower and others in the old farmhouse next to the archaeological site of Egnazia. Finally, the 5-star Borgo Egnazia has recently taken its place among the Mediterranean's leading luxury resorts with a hotel, villas, townhouses and a 1800 square metres SPA plus a series of comfort facilities.
About 10 km from Lecce, in the very South of Italy, is the Doubletree by Hilton Acaya Golf Resort. Set in the splendid Salento district, it stretches languidly across almost 300 acres of pristine countryside adjacent to the WWF Cesine Nature Reserve. It offers 18 holes of challenging play completely renovated in 2009 by Hurdzan-Fry Golf Designers, who created a course of great technical rigour where everything is absolutely natural but where in fact nothing has been left to chance. Water hazards come into play in many holes and especially on the 2, 3, 4, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 18. A scenografic waterfall cuts holes 10 and 18 into two parts. The Costantino Rocca Golf Academy can help guests improve their game; other luxury facilities include the private beach only five minutes away, fun amenities, two tasty restaurants and four bars and a SPA for aesthetic or relaxation treatments.
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February 14th, 2010 09:19
I'm the editor-in-chief of the leading Italian golf magazine, 'Il Mondo del Golf', and we're commonly rating San Domenico as one of the best courses in our country. As our friend of Golf Digest, every
February 11th, 2010 04:50
A links course with Italian style. You can see the beautiful Mediterranean sea from every hole; it can be quite testing when the wind blows. Stunning olive-tree trunks, as old as 500 years and more, c
February 11th, 2010 03:35
To play San Domenico means experiencing challenging links-like golf without the cold weather challenge. The course is demanding but at the same time enjoyable. The setting is simply to die for. San Do
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