Golf Courts in Tuscany
Tuscany is a region truly loved by those who play golf. Its variegated landscape, with wavy hills adorned by cypresses and olive trees, shore lines, allows to create an unmatched set where playing golf is absolutely pleasant.
Where can you play golf in Tuscany then? Below the list of the main 18 holes courses.
Golf club in the Tuscan countryside:
Golf Club dell’Ugolino – the golf court of Florence, even if is situated over the hills on the road for Impruneta, on the via Chiantigiana way. In Florence, golf has been brought by English, at the end of the nineteenth century. And English again have made this court back on the 1933, making it one of the most striking and captivating in the world, with the use of vegetation along with Tuscan countryside shape. Hills, altitude gaps, cypresses make this court unique.
The course: 18 holes, par 72, mt. 5676.
Open all the year, close on Monday (just in winter time).
Castelfalfi Golf and Country Club – situated between Florence and Pisa, near Montaione, has 2 courses: the “Mountain Course” (Par 72, 6.351 mt), as stated by the name is more mountainous and rich on vegetations, and the “Lake Course” (Par 37, 3.171 mt) more hilly. The two courts can be made independently (9 holes) or merged together (18 holes) with different levels of skills. In general it can be demanding, but the variety of the landscape is so nice which make it one of the best and most interesting courts in Tuscany. It can happen to meet some wild animals that live in the Tuscan countryside!
It’s closed on Tuesday and some weeks between January and February.
The Pavoniere Golf and Country Club – close to Prato, not far from the city centre and therefore close enough to Florence. Rather flat, with nice small lakes, and very neat greens. Interesting the Club House as well, derived from an antique house of the Grand Duke of Tusany Leopoldo II.
Court: 18 holes, par 72, mt 6.137.
Open all the year, closed on Monday.
Montecatini Golf Club – not far away from Montecatini, town famous for its Spa, it’s exactly situated at Monsummano Terme. It’s a golf court rather demanding with water obstacles, with slopes and rises, trees and ditches. The course (a bit shorter than 6000 meters) has 18 holes, some of them really hard: the 3rd, 5th and the 10th.
The course, rather original, has been designed by the architect Marco Cozze, who boasts more than 40 projects of the same type, truly well-known for the respect that he usually takes for the surrounding areas of his creations. He is even the founder of the Association of Italian Architects of Golf Courts.
Course: 18 holes, par 72, mt 5.857.
Open all the year, closed on Tuesday.
Poggio dei Medici Golf and Country Club – at Scarperia, in the Mugello. It’s located above the first mountains of the Apennine Tosco-Emiliano, not far from Mugello racetrack, easy to be reached from Florence or from Bologna through the motorway.
The Golf Club Poggio dei Medici offers 4 different courses, for 18 holes. Demanding with regards of the physical fitness, especially in summer time (not many trees), has some blind spots due to the court shape.
Course: 18 holes, par 73, mt 6.338.
Open all year, everyday.
Golf Club close to the sea
Golf Club Punta Ala – is located in the hearth of Maremma, in the south of Tuscany, where the sea is the nicest and the wildness of nature is at its peak. Through the course you will admire the sea form several points, due to its panoramic position, in the middle of Mediterranean scrub, between pines, cork oaks and holly oaks. It’s one of the few golf courts with a sight over the sea! It’s even one of the oldest: its foundation is dated back to 1964. For some players is a bit “old style”. Other instead complains about the wild boars that sometimes ruin the court!
Course: 18 holes, par 72 mt, 6.168 mt.
Open all the year, closed on Tuesday (winter time only).
Golf Club Toscana – still in Maremma, in Gavorrano, not far from Golf Club di Punta Ala, another golf club breath-taking panorama (during the clear days you can see the island of Elba!). It has been made recently (1999), and is a demanding course due to several slopes, rises, lakes, trees and other natural obstacles.
Course: 18 holes, par 71, 5.920 mt.
Open all the year, closed on Wednesday (winter time only).
Cosmopolitan Golf and Country Club – at Tirrenia, within the province of Pisa, so just on the Tuscany shore, a golf course immersed in the nature. Water is not only very close (the sea one), but is present across the course, in some demanding holes. The court is composed by 18 holes, 6.291 mt, par 72. Part of the court is in between of the pine forest, a striking location.
It’s opened all the year, but on Monday.
Versilia Golf Club – between Forte dei Marmi and Pietrasanta, in the heart of the Tuscan VIP seaside, it has been opened back in the 1990, with a keen eye to art: it has been designed by the famous Venetian architect Marco Croze, it has a odd sculpture in white marble, created by Japanese artist….Manca il nome sul testo originale, and its 13rd hole has a difficult level of 1, which has been drawn by Integral Golf Design. Along the course the player can vary their way to play: large flat zones and wide fairway, alternate with natural obstacles, such as water zones populated by birds (ducks and swans!), centuries-old forests and in some holes (the 6th, 10th, 12nd, 17th) an altitude gap which makes the putting shot rather difficult. The coach of Golf Club had as trainer Hany Hank, trainer of Tiger Woods.
Course: 18 holes, par 71, 5.873mt.
Open all the year, closed on Tuesday (winter time only).
Argentario Golf Club – Playing golf in the middle of Mediterranean scrub, with the sea which draw the surrounding scenario, would be enough to make this court one of the most beautiful of Tuscany, but it’s commendable the care used to manage all each single aspect of the structure (the welcoming, caddie master, the maintenance of the course). That’s why not a surprise find is it on 6th position (and only one Italian court on the first 20th positions) among the world poll “Europe’s Most Popular Golf Courses 2012” that have seen almost 1600 votes from all over the world choosing their preference across Europe.
Course: 18 holes, par 71, 6.218 mt.
Open all the year, no days off.
In Tuscany there are even many 9 holes Golf Courts:
On Elba island, near Portoferraio (9 holes, par 34, mt. 2.592)
In Casentino, in Arezzo’s province (9 holes, par 36, mt. 2.775)
At San Miniato, in Pisa’s province (9 holes, par 31, mt. 1.892)
At Montelupo Fiorentino, in Florence’s province (9 holes, par 36, mt.2.684)
In Valdichiana, in Siena’s province (9 holes, par 34, mt. 2.643)
At Vinci, in Florence’s province (9 holes, par 72, mt. 6.300)
Finally if you are a Golf fan, at mid December don’t miss the Pontevecchio Golf Challenge in Ponte Vecchio ( http://www.pontevecchiochallenge.it/ ): the players, coming from different countries, hit the balls directly from the oldest bridge of Florence, trying to hit 3 greens floating above the Arno river (every year the same doubt: what about balls which drop in the water??).
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