Golf News for Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | Travel

Learn golf Italian style at Grado Golf Club in northeast Italy

FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA, Italy -- Winter is the best time for golfers to practice and there has never been a better opportunity to learn the game than through a new intensive coaching programme developed by Grado Golf Club in northeast Italy.

Beginners can visit the stunning resort, in the region of Venice, to take part in a specialist programme delivered by Grado's team of leading teaching professionals. The package of ten lessons can be taken over two to five days and covers the basics of the game from grip, alignment and posture to building a swing. The coaches will take clients through the various shots required to play including drives, iron shots, chips, bunker play and putting.

At the end of the course, which can be tailored to the specific requirements of the individual golfer, clients will receive a certificate or a platzreife for German golfers, which demonstrates that they are capable of playing on a golf course. The package price starts at £330.

"There is a growing interest in taking up golf among many people who are simply looking for an enjoyable and welcoming opportunity to do so," said Ivan Marzola, the owner of the Grado resort.

"Winter is traditionally a time for people to practice so we thought it would be the ideal time to offer a programme to people who would like to quickly learn the basics of the game and understand the etiquette required. Our teaching professionals are among the best in Italy and will deliver a standard of coaching that will help beginners to gain a feel for the game in just a few days."

For experienced golfers Grado is offering special two night packages over the winter months with golf on the scenic championship course at Grado and accommodation in the Marina Suites. The package price starts at £150 for a double room and includes breakfast, two green fees, two driving range tokens and a trolley rental.

Grado has also formed a new partnership with the luxurious 4* Laguna Palace Hotel overlooking the Laguna di Grado. With a TripAdvisor rating of 97% the hotel is one of the finest in the area. Guests of Grado Golf Club can now take advantage of a reduced entry fee to the hotel's sumptuous spa and enjoy rejuvenating massages at special rates. The Laguna Sky panoramic restaurant boasts wonderful views of Old Grado and is also well worth a visit.

Grado's challenging 6650 yard championship golf course meanders past the Laguna and the Adriatic Sea. The signature par three opening hole plays to an island green which has led to media commentators describing the course as "the European Sawgrass." The winter weekday green fee offers excellent value at 45,-€. The happy Friday green fee for two players is 79,-€ or 119,-€ for 3 or 4 players. Please note that the course will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until March.

Located less than two hours' drive from the magnificent city of Venice, Grado can be easily reached from the UK with a selection of direct flights from the larger UK cities to Venice or Trieste.

For media and trade enquiries please contact:

Helena Woodcock
Golf Communications International
Tel: +44 7534 71 61 63

About Golf Club Grado and Tenuta Primero
Tenuta Primero Holiday and Sport Club was founded in 1962 in the most charming area of the Island of Grado in the north east of Italy in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Tenuta Primero is only two hours away from Venice and one hour away from Trieste situated by the beautiful Laguna di Grado.

The stunning Tenuta Primero resort offers a wide range of first-class facilities managed by the third generation of the Marzola family, who own the business. The Tenuta Primero resort boasts a private marina which can accmmodate yachts of up to 25m in length, a private beach and quality facilities such as a heated swimming pool, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts and a selection of restaurants and bars.

The Grado Golf Club offers a fantastic challenging 18-hole championship golf course (par 72, 6081m) with a lot of water hazards, an executive 9-hole golf course (par 28, 976m) with driving range, putting and chipping green, pro shop, club house and a refined gourmet restaurant.

Golf Communications International

Golf Communications International ( has been appointed to represent Golf Club Grado as a golf PR advisory in January 2011.

Golf Communications International is run by golf PR and marketing specialist Helena Woodcock and provides a full suite of media handling, marketing and event organisation services to resorts, courses, hotels and other businesses involved in the golf industry.

Golf Communications International offers clients four main services. It can assist with all media activity from organising press trips to placing magazine features or attracting broadcast coverage. It can assist with preparing marketing materials from publications and brochures to display stands and copywriting. Clients can also receive support in the area of social media, in working with tour operators to create packages for their venue and in official representation at trade shows and exhibitions.