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Callum Forbes, Travel Consultant
We’re always looking for new and upcoming destinations here at Golf Escapes. During May this year, Jon Ruben and I were invited to exploration the Northern regions of Italy, to widen our knowledge on an increasing popular golfing hotspot.
Be were fortunate enough to see a great deal of the country in short space of time, but below are reviews from our 3 favourite stops during the trip, areas that we would definitely wish to go back to on our own golfing holiday!
At 3, we had the fortune of spending a night and a couple of days in the city of Bologna and it’s surrounding areas, and it was definitely a city which left you wanting more after we had left. We were based in the Art Hotel Commercianti, in the Piazza Maggiore which is the heart of the city. The atmosphere in the main square of an evening was fantastic, and with an abundance of restaurants, bars and culture to soak up it would be a great spot to be located for a day off the course and your evenings.
The golf is all based within a 45 minute radius of the city, and the first course we visited was Golf Club Bologna. A very traditional members golf club, you really feel like you have escaped the city and are in the middle of nowhere when arriving at the parkland styled course. The layout of the course was exceptional, with subtle undulations throughout and superbly conditioned Bermuda fairways and green it is a real pleasure to play. We then found our way to Le Fonti golf club, which is the newest of the courses in the region. This course was a lot more open, which gave you some relief from the tee, but it’s greens were extremely well protected with bunkers, water and some tricky pin placements. A previous host of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying school, the course was no pushover. Our final visit on our 2nd day was Modena Golf Club (pictured below), and we certainly saved the best until last. With a very watery front nine and tight tree-lined back 9, the course provided great variety, with the highlight being it’s Par 3 6th hole, not do dissimilar from the famous 17th at TPC Sawgrass!
Bologna was a real treat to visit in all aspects, and would certainly make a very unique and enjoyable choice for a city-based golfing holiday!
2. Villaverde Golf Resort
Second on our list was the Villaverde Resort, just an hour from Venice or Treviso airport, and near the town of Fagagna, the resort has a superb golf course on-site in GC Udine, which has previously hosted the European Senior Tour’s Italian Open.
The resort boasts 33 modern and stylish rooms, excellent Spa facilities, traditional Italian dining and full practice facilities (two-tiered driving range, putting/chipping greens and more), making it a great spot for the avid golfer to base themselves!
The golf course was again in great condition, a theme throughout all the golf we saw in Italy, maybe due to the courses being under utilised. At 5,890 metres, it is not the longest of courses, but it’s very undulating and speedy greens make for fun and fair golf.
Villaverde Golf Course Villaverde resort would be a superb base for any golfers looking to enjoy the delights that Italian Cuisine has to offer, but also indulge in a very high standard championship golf course.
1. Meltar Boutique Hotel (Asiago Golf Course)
Finally, our favourite visit during our trip was the stunning Meltar Boutique Hotel. Based on the Asiago Plateau, the hotel is snow covered for large parts of the year. But between April – September the resort is a must see for any golfing fanatic.
The hotel features 17 boutique rooms, all with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the golf course. The on-site Spa is the perfect spot to unwind after you round of golf, and continue to take in the breath-taking mountain views.
The town of Asiago is reachable form a €10 taxi, or a 3km ride on the complimentary electric bikes offered by the hotel.
If the stunning hotel, beautiful mountain setting and fine Italian dining wasn’t enough, the on-site golf course, Golf Club Asiago is one of the most spectacular I have ever played. Winding through the pine trees, then back out to the views of the surrounding mountains, the course is very tight in places, but is one you would want to play over and over again. The par-3 6th was a standout hole, just under 190- yards but playing a lot shorter downhill and with the thin mountain air; it was a tee box that you could have stood on all day to just take in the views.
With regular flights into Venice & Treviso, this hidden gem is easily accessible in the summer months and would make a great from your typical golfing resort across the more popular destinations.
Overall we very extremely impressed with the quality of golf in the regions that we visited, and if you were interested in having a look for yourself, then please get in touch by email of phone, email@example.com or 01342 811 777.