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IT AL Y


FIVE TO PLAY


Park Royal I Rovieri Golf Club, Turin Set in former royal hunting grounds in the Mandria National Park outside Turin, Robert Trent Jones Sr’s tough championship course is Italy’s jewel. Built by the Agnelli family, founders of Fiat and owners of Juventus, in 1972, it introduced American-style golfing elements — such as domed target greens guarded by bunkers — that dominate the world game today. No easy roll-up options here: only precision approach shots among a maze of ancient trees and snaggling streams result in an unblemished scorecard. A second course, Pramerica, is more open and easier, with epic Alpine views to the north. Gourmet food inside the clubhouse, cocktails at dusk on the most tranquil of terraces outside it: this is not an easy place to leave. Neighbouring Circolo Golf Torino (circologolftorino.it) is an historic alternative. Green fees range from £71-£107. royalparkgolf.it


Verdura Golf Resort and Spa, Sicilly Hotelier Rocco Forte can often be found playing his two outstanding courses, boringly named East and West, but imaginatively designed by Kyle Phillips. Faced with a flat shore on Sicily’s south coast, the Californian maestro kept a natural look by using minimum landscaping to define the fairways. The more undulating East is considered superior, but both climax with dramatic holes along the beach. The resort is five star, but family friendly, with football, tennis, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing, plus a great fish restaurant on the shore. The Greek temples at Agrigento are an easy day trip and Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa (donnafugatagolfresort. com), southern Sicily’s second classy option, is a tempting add on. Green fees from £116. roccofortehotels.com


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place to play. Don’t miss Golf Nazionale (golfnazionale.it), designed by Jim Fazio for the Italian Federation and set in undulating parkland to the north west of the capital. As Italy’s main industrial city, Milan has its


share of the goodies. First up is Villa d’Este (golfvilladeste.com), set in pine, chestnut and birch forests in the Como Hills on Lake Montorfano. Regarded as a timeless classic, it’s been a hideaway for British, Belgium, Spanish and Greek royals since it opened in 1926. The Milano Golf Club (golflcubmilano. it) is one of Italy’s smartest facilities and a regular host to the Italian Open. The opulent clubhouse replaced the original hunting lodge 60 years ago and the course is equally


prestigious, with 27 holes, each well separated from the next in the expansive Parco di Monza. Expect total calm — except when the Formula One Grand Prix is in town. In the ‘hidden gem’ department, look


no further than Fruili-Venezia, the wine growing province around the Adriatic port of Trieste, near the Slovenian and Austrian borders. The courses in this lost corner offer golfers serious bragging rights, as few Brits have ever heard of them; as a bonus, they’re affordable and extremely welcoming. Plus, because they’re open all year, they have the advantage over snow-covered neighbours (Germans and Scandinavians, in particular, love to feed their habit in winter).


Palazzo Arzaga Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Lombardy This great escape between Lake Garda and the Alps 30 minutes outside Verona is a connoisseur’s choice. The 15th-century hilltop manor house has been converted into a five- star hotel, with original frescoes and stone fireplaces still in place. Individually designed rooms and suites have antiques, marble bathrooms and quality art. The Moretto Restaurant is a treat. The extensive estate offers 27 holes: an 18-hole course designed by Jack Nicklaus’s son, Jack II, and a nine-holer by Gary Player. The Nicklaus layout is an all-American affair, with wide fairways, target greens and cavernous bunkers. The Player course is tighter and more technical. Green fees from £67-£87. palazzoarzarga.it


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