Circolo Golf Villa D'Este

Via Cantù 13,

Montorfano, nr Como, Lombardia 22030

  • Office

    +39 031 200 200
  • Pro shop

    +39 031 200 898
  • Fax

    +39 031 200 786
  • Golf pro

    Alessandro Frigerio
  • Academy

    Green Golf Academy

About the course

  • The Course:

    18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland and residential.

  • Designer:

    Peter Gannon
SSS or slope






How to get there:

50 km N of Milan

From the A9 motorway (just south of Como), take the Como Sud exit and follow signs for Lecco-Bergamo. After approx 7.5 km, in Lipomo, take a right turn at roundabout direction Montorfano. After 2.4 km turn right immediately after narrow traffic-light controlled street in Montofarno. After 1 km golf is on your right.

Circolo Golf Villa D'Este

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1926

Circolo Golf Villa D'Este: Also known as Montorfano, the fabulous golf course at Ville D'Este is understandably rated one of Italy's best. The quality of the golfing treat that awaits here is quickly revealed at the downhill par-5 1st and returning uphill par-4 2nd.

Mature fir trees together with occasional oak, birch and chestnut provide tree-lined avenues where both short and long-hitters should feel at ease. The fairways are generally wide enough not to induce too much trepidation on the tee.

The five-hole stretch from the 3rd to the 7th includes three par-3s that alternate with two short par-4s. This is where the course loses out in terms of overall length versus some of Italy's other top layouts. However, what the front-nine lacks in length is more than offset by the quality of both the front and back-nines.

From the doglegging par-4 8th onward, Ville D'Este can rightly be described as sensational. Plenty of good length par-4s and 5s, and three more par-3s, exude a picture-perfect look; their stylish greenside bunkering complemented by tall mature trees that frame each hole. The course culminates with the fabulous short uphill par-4 18th; Villa D'Este's splendidly palatial clubhouse looking down on proceedings from above.

Perhaps views onto nearby Lake Montorfano are not as abundant as one would hope. But any perceived shortage of lake views is countered by the elegance of the course itself and more distant vistas of rustic villages nestling on partly wooded mountain slopes.
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Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Closed Mondays.

Must book in advance. Proof of handicap required.

Green fees

Foreign visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays €100; weekends €120.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].

Other information

Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Villa D'Este has hosted the Italian Open Championship on numerous occasions in the past, most recently in 1972 (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Villa D'Este).

Published ranking

2019 Golf World rating: 48th best course in continental Europe.
2020 Golf Digest rating: 2nd best course in Italy.


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