Following the first post on Golf in Central Italy, today’s guide focuses on the north of the boot, with its picturesque golf courses and tourist activities.
There are some great golf courses across all of northern Italy. In particular, the region of Veneto alone boasts about 40 golf courses. Venice, one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world, hosts the Venice Golf Club, which was founded in 1930 and is one of Italy’s few true links courses. Rumor has it that it was created on the suggestion of Henry Ford, founder of the motor company, who was also a regular visitor to the lagoon city and a keen golfer.
According to worldgolf.com, the courses of Frassanelle and Montecchia near Padua “add a touch of English charm to the Venetian countryside as they meander through naturally rolling countryside, while Asiago Golf Club is considered one of the most beautiful mountain courses in Europe”.
In the neighboring region called Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Trieste Golf Club lies on top of the Carso plateau overlooking the seaside town of Trieste, while Golf Club Tarvisio near Austria and Slovenia offers breathtaking panoramas of the Alps.
The Italian region with most golf courses is Lombardy with 68 clubs, followed closely by Piedmont with 65 golf courses. Both regions offer fantastic landscapes that vary from the Alps to the charming Lake District and the plains along the Po River.
Among Lombardy’s best golf courses are Palazzo Arzaga, located in the foothills overlooking Lake Garda with 18 holes designed by Jack Nicklaus Jr. and 9 holes by Gary Player. At 1200 feet above sea level, Villa D’Este Golf Club offers what has been described as a Scottish landscape.
Created in 1898, Golf Club Castelconturbia in Piedmont is one of Italy’s oldest golf clubs and boasts a varied landscape of forests, mountains and lakes. In this same region, Golf Club des Iles Borromees offers panoramic mountain views from the shores of Lake Maggiore.
Like the rest of Italy, the northern regions can complement any golf trip with a delicious wine and food experience, including fun activities like truffle hunting, cooking classes and wine tastings. And, as is often the case in the rest of the boot, many courses are well-established golf clubs with a great variety of facilities and not artificially created resorts.
No wonder some of Italy’s greatest golf champions come from here, such as Matteo Manassero (Verona, Veneto), the Molinari brothers (Turin, Piedmont) and Costantino Rocca (Bergamo, Lombardy).