Golf Holidays in Italy
The third largest country in Europe, Italy attracts millions of tourists every year due to its fascinating culture, natural landscapes, historic sites and renowned cuisine. Thanks to the 2023 Ryder Cup heading to the country, Italian golf is fast becoming a popular sport enjoyed by many. The breath-taking natural beauty, stunning climate and wonderful cuisine means there are some truly outstanding and unique golfing experiences to be had. The best times to visit Italy for golf are the months of April, May, September and October.
Rome and Central Italy
Discover the historical city of Rome and its surrounding area when staying at the Championship golf resorts of Castelgandolfo Golf Resort and Sheraton Golf Parco De’ Medici Hotel & Resort, both ideally located in the stunning countryside 20-30 minutes from the centre of Rome. The Ryder Cup 2023 will be held just 10 miles outside Rome at the Marco Simone Golf Club which can be played when staying at one of the mentioned golf resorts.
The “stomach of Italy”, Bologna, is the perfect city to stay for experiencing some of the very best Italian food and a stunning selection of golf courses. Stay in the heart of Bologna and discover its fascinating medieval historic centre. There are many eateries boasting an incredible selection of food and drink. Bologna is also home to the oldest university in the Europe dating back to 1088 and a bar dating back to the 15th-century.
The region of Tuscany in central Italy, with its capital, Florence, has local charm and famed for Chianti’s vineyards and olive groves stretching across the rolling countryside. Places of interest include the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the historic city centre, Siena. Over 30 golf courses can be found in Tuscany, with Argentario Resort and Spa, La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio by Hilton all providing the perfect stay for combining championship golf with discovering the delights that Tuscany has to offer.
Puglia, a southern region forming the heel of Italy’s “boot,” is known for its whitewashed hill towns, centuries-old farmland and lush farmlands dotted by ancient olive trees. It’s regional cuisine includes fresh seafood and delicious burrata cheese. The luxury golf resort of Borgo Egnazia takes in beautiful landscapes and architecture, along with a championship golf course that is home to the Italian PGA Championship. It provides the perfect retreat for a relaxing golfing holiday in Italy.
Castelgandolfo Golf Resort 4★
Located approximately 20 minutes from Rome, near the Pope’s holiday residence, the course is designed by Robert Trent Jones inside a volcanic crater. It is an 18 hole, par 72 that measures 6205 metres with hole 4 being listed as one of the best 150 holes in the world. The course has lovely woodland groves with many expanses of water, plenty of hazards and fantastic natural beauty. The resort-style course is playable for golfers of all abilities. It has a 17th century club house, with a panoramic view of the entire course. Opened in 1985.
Nearby Golf Course: Castelgandolfo Golf Course.
Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici Hotel & Resort 4★
Only 8 miles from the centre of Rome, the 4 star Sheraton Golf Parco De Medici Hotel & Resort features a 27-hole golf course and an outdoor pool. Other leisure facilities include a well-equipped gym, sauna and tennis court. The hotel offers a choice of 4 tempting restaurants. The staff at the 24-hour reception can provide tourist information and organise shuttle services to the city centre. The upgraded rooms have a private patio overlooking the golf course.
Nearby Golf Course: The Parco de’ Medici Golf Club.
Castelgandolfo Golf Course
Par 72, designed by Robert Trent Jones.
Located approximately 20 minutes from Rome, near the Pope’s holiday residence; the course is designed by Robert Trent Jones inside a volcanic crater. It is an 18 hole, par 72 that measures 6205 metres with hole 4 being listed as one of the best 150 holes in the world. The course has lovely woodland groves with many expanses of water, plenty of hazards and fantastic natural beauty. The resort-style course is playable for golfers of all abilities. It has a 17th century club house, with a panoramic view on the entire course. Opened in 1985.
Marco Simone Golf Club
Par 72, designed by Jim Fazio.
The Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, also known as Golf Marco Simone, is a golf course in Guidonia, approximately 10 miles from the city centre of Rome. It has 2 golf courses, an 18-hole Championship and a 9-hole Resort Course. The golf course will host the Ryder Cup in 2023. The kitchen at the Marco Simone, specializes in cuisine made of local ingredients and flavours. There is also a seasonal menu that offers fresh fish from the nearby sea. A former host of the Italian Open. Opened in 1994.
The Parco de’ Medici Golf Club
Par 72, designed by Peter Fazio.
A former host of the European Ladies Italian Open, offering 27-holes spread over 80 hectares. The three loops of 9 holes are made up of the Blue Course, White Course and Red Course, with each loop offering a different challenge and landscape. The Club House Restaurant offers a breath taking view of the vast park and majestic golf courses. Opened in 1990.
Argentario Golf Resort & Spa 5★
Located 3.1 miles from Porto Ercole, Argentario Golf Resort features a heated indoor pool, summer pool, five-a-side football pitch, 2 tennis courts, gym, Spa, free organic wellness centre offering beauty treatments and massages. All rooms have a private terrace, with minimalist décor and vintage or dark wood furnishings. Each has an LCD satellite TV, minibar and a spacious bathroom with soft bathrobes and slippers. Local products and the resort’s own organic vegetables are used to create Tuscan-inspired dishes at their Dama Dama Restaurant.
Nearby golf course: PGA National Golf Course.
Una Poggio dei Medic Golf Resort 4★
The accommodation is typically Tuscan, based around the 16th century Villa di Cignano. The hotel’s 70 rooms are divided between 5 separate courts, giving the resort an intimate and private ambience. Looking out across the golf course, guests will be met with views through the valley and towards the foothills of the Appenines. The clubhouse overlooks Lake Cignano and its facilities are available to hotel guests. These include outdoor swimming pools, jacuzzis, a steam room, fitness centre and purpose built massage treatment rooms. Within the resort there are three separate restaurants, serving a range of local classics and international dishes.
Nearby golf course: Poggio Dei Medici Golf Course.
Argentario Golf Course
Par 71, designed by David Mezzacane.
The Argentario Golf Club covers 77 hectares and has been awarded with the “BioAgriCert” environmental certification for bio eco-compatibility. The complex consists of a driving range, club house restaurant/bar and golf academy. The range of services includes the Driving Range, the Club House Restaurant & Bar, and the Golf Academy. The panoramic course is located near the Orbetello Lagoon, the sea and the hillside offering a beautiful setting. Opened in 2006.
Poggio Dei Medici Golf Course
Par 73, designed by Alvise Rossi Fioravanti.
Located about 30 kilometres north of Florence in the region of Mugello, the UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club is positioned next to The 16th century Villa di Cignano, a historic hunting lodge that belonged to the Medici family and which has now been converted into the clubhouse. As you walk through the 18 holes, you will face different obstacles such as brooks, bunkers and lakes. Opened in 1992.
Borgo Egnazia 5★
The Borgo Egnazia Hotel features traditional architecture from Puglia in a panoramic setting amid Mediterranean vegetation. Composed of 3 separate yet interconnecting areas called, La Corte, Il Borgo and Le Ville, the resort provides accommodation in rooms, apartments and villas. The luxurious units are decorated with soothing shades of white. They all have a private balcony facing the hills, the sea, or the golf course. The elegant bathrooms are in stone. The resort has 3 on-site tennis courts, 4 swimming pools, wellness centre and offers a private beach club in Savelletri, 0.9 miles away
Nearby golf course: San Domenico Golf Course.
San Domenico Golf Club
Par 71, designed by Andy Haggar.
San Domenico Golf, referenced to as a Mediterranean Links, is located where the Puglian countryside meets the azure of the Adriatic Sea. Boasting sea views from all holes, San Domenico’s fairways are lined by scattered olive trees. The course is flanked by the ancient city of Egnathia which adds further interest. Opened in 2003.
Hotel Metropolitan Bologna 4★
Hotel Metropolitan, modern in design, is set just 5 minutes’ walk from Bologna’s main square and 50 yards from Via Independenza, the main shopping street in the centre. Close to shops and traditional restaurants, you can stroll around Bologna’s historic centre that has ancient churches, museums and theatres. Guests can also enjoy the swimming pool, fitness centre and a cocktail on the rooftop terrace with views on the hills of Bologna.
Nearby Golf Courses: Bologna Golf Club and Le Fonti Golf Club.
Hotel Corona D’oro Bologna 5★
The Hotel Corona D’Oro has a great location in a traffic-free zone in the historic the city centre. Just 400 yards is the Piazza Maggiore the main square of Bologna and the Towers of Bologna, the landmark of the city. There are 40 rooms, all decorated in a classic style and characterised by an elegant atmosphere, the result of a recent restoration. Some rooms overlook the Towers. Staff at the reservations desk can help with bookings such as opera tickets and restaurant reservations.
Nearby golf courses: Bologna Golf Club and Le Fonti Golf Club.
Bologna Golf Club
Par 71, designed by Cotton and Harris, updated by Peter Alliss in 2000.
Golf Club Bologna was the first, and still one of the finest, Golf Clubs in Emilia Romagna. The excellent 18-hole, par-72 parkland course set in the natural landscape offers panoramic views across the Bologna countryside. The course has held numerous professional events and has played host to the Italian Amateur Championships many times. The clubhouse is renowned for serving traditional dishes of Bologna. Opened in 1958.
Le Fonti Golf Club
Par 72, designed by Ivano Serrantoni.
The golf club is situated in the Sillaro Valley and is surrounded by gently rolling hills. This entertaining golf course with water provides a test for all levels of golfer. The clubhouse provides a selection of local traditions of food and wine. Nearby there are several attractive health and spa facilities, such as the Castel San Pietro Spa Centre and the Salute Più Health Village. Opened in 1999.
Modena Golf & Country Club
Par 72, designed by Bernhard Langer & James Eng.
Spread over 100 hectares and host to the Italian Open, The Modena Golf & Country Club has generous greens, large bunkers and numerous water hazards. Its strategic position means it is accessible for stays in Bologna. The traditional town of Modena is only 10km away and worth a visit. Opened in 1987.