Golf News for Monday, December 2, 2013 | Courses

Italian Golf Club Grado earns praise from Ryder Cup golf star

Golf Club Grado has capped a successful 2013 season, in which it hosted two professional championships, with praise from a renowned Italian Ryder Cup star.

The North Eastern Italian resort hosted the Fruili Venezia Giulia Open on the Alps Tour in June and the Italian PGA Seniors Championship this month attracting praise from none other than three-time Ryder Cup player and five-time European Tour winner Costantino Rocca.

After taking part in the Fruili Venezia Giulia Open, Rocca, who lost out to American John Daly in a play-off at the 1995 Open Championship at St Andrews, said: "I am fortunate enough to have played many courses in Italy and around the world but this was my first visit to Grado. It is clearly a very good course with excellent practice facilities and a welcoming clubhouse. I look forward to visiting again and playing a round there in future. I would urge people coming to this part of Italy to visit and experience the course for themselves."

Grado sits on the Adriatic Sea and is one and a half hour's drive from the wonderful city of Venice. Part of the Tenuta Primero Resort, Grado is renowned for its warm climate and all-year-round golf. The challenging 6650 yard, par 72 Grado championship course sits on the beautiful Grado lagoon and its stunning par three first hole boasts an island green which has led to it being described as the "European Sawgrass" by the golf media.

Rocca, who was part of the winning European Ryder Cup teams at Oak Hill in 1995 and Valderrama in 1997, where he famously defeated Tiger Woods in the singles, added: "I was hugely impressed by Golf Club Grado on my recent visit. The course is challenging but fair and has a real linksy feel, being close to the sea and with the wind coming into play. It has some tough holes and some very memorable ones such as the par three first hole which plays to an island green. The course is suitable for all levels of ability though and would make for an enjoyable few rounds on holiday."

Ivan Marzola, the President of Golf Club Grado, said: "It has been an excellent season for us and we are delighted to that Costantino was so impressed with Grado. The course is continuing to mature and improve from year to year and makes for a challenging but enjoyable championship venue. It attracted widespread praise from the competitors in both events and from visitors throughout the year. The fact that a player of Costantino's stature was so impressed is really the icing on the cake for us. We are looking forward to continuing this momentum in 2014."

To conclude the 2013 golfing season Golf Club Grado offers a wide range of great value holiday packages available from December 2, 2013 until January 6, 2014 and starting at 129 Euros per night in a suite and two green fees. Two nights in a suite and four green fees cost 219 Euros.

The Tenuta Primero resort boasts a private marina which can accommodate yachts of up to 25m in length, a private beach and facilities such as a heated swimming pool, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts and a selection of restaurants and bars. Among the many delights of the resort is also the gourmet restaurant Al Casone which offers authentic Italian fine dining experience ranging among the most highly regarded ones in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region.

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Helena Woodcock
Golf Communications International
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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, 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.