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VISITE DI CITTA' E CASTELLI
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LA RICERCA DEL TARTUFO
Segui un vero "trifolao" ed il suo cane
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Botteghe tradizionali, mercati e produttori
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In Italy golf never got the popularity of other sports and for a long time it was considered a niche. Nowadays Piemonte has 15,000 golfers enrolled to Federgolf Piemonte, the local branch of the Italian Golf Federation, making this region the second one in Italy (after Lombardy) for number of enthusiasts. Next to locals, more and more international players turned Piemonte in their playground enjoying some of the best courses of Italy as well as the unique array of food, wine, breathtaking landscape, cultural events that make this region the perfect golf holiday destination.

 

Play and stay

Even golfer's partners, who prefer to spend their time off the greens, are in their element here: with excellent spa facilities, cooking classes, food tours, quiet countryside and shopping opportunities, there's something for everyone's needs. Piemonte's traditional healthy lifestyle, combining personal needs with a slow life's schedule seems to be the perfect background for golfers who are spending an average of four to five hours outdoor, walking about 4 miles, resulting well prepared to live up to five years longer than those who don't practice this sport! So nothing better than a gourmet meal or a tour in a wine cellar after a day on the fairway. As Piemonte is not yet a mass-tourism destination, golf holidays can be tailored on each participant avoiding rushed tours and focusing on quality.

Golf clubs map

Referring to Federgolf Piemonte, there are 66 golf clubs spread all over the region: some are world-class 36 or 27 holes courses, many other are smaller 9 holes or practice fields maybe less famous but charming and worth a play.

For a complete list of all golf clubs listed on the Federgolf Piemonte website click here (in Italian only)

golf clubs map in Piemonte 

The top four

International and Italian press ("Golf Digest", "Golf World", "World of Leading golf", "Il Mondo del golf") and influential websites have highly ranked the following four golf clubs (all located in Piemonte) including them in the top 10 list of best Italian courses and top 100 list of best European courses. Some club have even hosted the Italian Open Championship in several occasions.

The first two clubs are actually both located outside Turin, in the green century-old park called "La Mandria", originally a hunting lodge of the Savoy family, the Royal dynasty who led the Unification of Italy.

Royal Park I Roveri
2 courses of 18 holes, par 72 each. Parkland, Forest.

The original course was built in 1971 by architect Robert Trent Jones Senior. Born June 20, 1906, Jones designed (or redesigned) about 500 golf courses worldwide. His courses are famous for landscape art, the innovative use of bunkers, the widespread use of water hazards and the skilful arrangement of greens and obstacles to encourage careful game strategy. In recent years Michael Hurdzan designed the second course "Pramerica". Hurdzan is internationally recognized as an authority in the development of golf courses. He was the president of the American Association of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), he studied turf management at the University of Ohio, obtained a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a doctorate in physiology of landscape plants. In 1996 he was awarded the title of architect of the year by Golf World Magazine.

Golf Club Torino
36 holes, par 72 and 1 course of 9 holes, par 72.

The two golf courses were created in 1956, designed by British architect John Morrison, who handled the creation of the first 18 holes. This was a key event in the club’s history, because the site acquired that unique British character still evident today: "everything is built around golf" meaning there are no roads or obstacles, just century-old trees, streams and ponds. In the years that followed its grand opening, thanks to architects Marco Croze and Graham Cooke, the course was extended to the current 36 holes, divided into two courses: the Blue course and the Yellow course.

Players must be members of the Italian Golf Federation or members of their own Country’s National Federation.

Golf club in Piemonte

The other two top golf clubs are both located in the Northern part of Piemonte facing the Alps. The first one "Le Betulle" is between Biella and Ivrea, while the famous "Castelconturbia" is closer to Milan, near the city of Novara.

Le Betulle
18 holes parkland, par 73. Lenghts: 6.497 mt. (7.105 yards).

Built in the late ‘50s, “Le Betulle” (The Birches) is set in the charming and fertile countryside at the foot of the Alps. The course has been designed by the English architect, John Morrison, and it extends in a scenario of rare natural beauty, favouring the morphological characteristics of the ground. It is located at an altitude of 1.936 feet asl. It is an excellent testing ground for players of every ability.

Golf Club Castelconturbia
3 courses of 9 holes each. Area: 248 acres.

In 1898 the Couturbier Golf Course was the only golf course in Piedmont, and only two golf courses were at the time in Italy. The course was strongly desired by count Gaspar Voli well known, among other things, for his frequent travelling to Scotland, who did succeed in involving in the passion for golf, his neighbour count Avogadro di Collobiano, to the point to build a nine hole course on his estate. The course was patronised by the Savoia Royal Family when fox hunting in the Conturbia earldom and as documented in old photographs, gentlemen with long moustaches and ladies in long white dresses and pretty hats were playing golf on it. With changing fortunes, the course was operative until around 1963 when, having become strictly private, falls in the abandonment.In 1984 the course is re-founded for the third time: the modern 27 holes golf course, planned and built up by Robert Trent Jones Sir is an ideal place surrounded by secular trees, streams, small lakes and gentle slopes all fitting together in a harmonious way.

Playing around the wine district

Another great setting to play golf are the UNESCO World Heritage hills located in the Southern part of Piemonte, home of truffles and worldwide famous aged wines. The rolling hills of the Monferrato district, with their gentle slopes, are the natural surroundings of many clubs. List them all in this article would be impossible.

Golf Feudo d'Asti
18 holes, par 70. Area: 75 hectares (185.3 acres). Length: 5,320 meters (5818 yards).

Graham Cooke, one of the leading international designers of golf courses, planned these quiet fairways inspired by the philosophy of the “British link course". Located few miles outside the city centre of Asti, Golf Club Il Feudo is facing an area where vineyards didn't spread out as much as in Southern part of the province, leaving space to some Natural protected Reserves where many paths lead visitors to explore this relaxing corner of the Monferrato hills.

Golf Club il Feudo d'Asti

Golf Club Margara
2 courses of 18 holes, par 72 each. Length: over 6,000 meters each (6561 yards).

Margara is the name of the original farmhouse bought by Glauco Lolli Ghetti, a doctor who immediately fell in love with Piemonte when he first arrived in the late 1960s. "La Margara" became home of the first few original holes from where the doctor conceived and built what today is one of the five 36 holes golf clubs of the region. Located in the province of Alessandria, at the foot of the gentle slopes of the Monferrato hills the older course named after the founder, haslarge open fairways while the second one, called "La Guazzetta", has a modern layout enriched by lakes and ponds.

Golf club Villa Carolina
2 courses of 18 holes, par 72 each. Length: over 6,500 meters each (7108 yards).

This is one of the most southern club in Piemonte, closer to the Appennine mountain bordering the Liguria region than the rolling hills of Monferrato. The area is well known for the production of the white Gavi wine and the 1800s villa that gives the name to the club has been for a long time a vacation spot for nobles coming here to enjoy the cooler summer breaze and temperate winters. Enforced by a strict dress code, the club has some very technical holes that demand players a high level of concentration.

Golf club Margara

Written by Marco Scaglione.

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