Via Angelo Omodeo 2,
Soiano del Lago, nr Brescia, Lombardia 25080
27 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
C.K. "Ken" Cotton, Frank Pennink & Donald Steel.
Above distances are for the Rosso/Red and Bianco/White nines. The Giallo/Yellow course, at 2798 metres, is slightly shorter than the other two nines. Rosso has more elevation change and perhaps the most spectacular views. Bianco is flatter with more water in play. Giallo is the shortest but also contains many excellent holes.
55 km W of Verona
From the A4 Autostrada between Brescia and Verona, take the Desenzano exit and follow the SS572 direction Salo/Lago di Garda. After approx 2 km at roundabout follow direction Salo/Riva. After approx 9 km turn left into Via dei Colli, direction Garda Golf. Follow road for 1 km to Golf Club.
Gardagolf Country Club: On the south-western shores of Lake Garda, the Valtenesi hills play host to two of Italy's golfing jewels. Garda Golf is the more mature of the two, comprising 27-holes of top quality golf, skilfully and challengingly laid out by Messrs Cotton, Pennink & Steel. Six kilometres to the southwest is Arzaga Golf Club, the handsome and opulent young pretender.
Gardagolf's wonderfully undulating and excellently maintained layout will test your full range of shot-making. It also rewards you with some of the best views offered from any golf course in Lombardy. To the east is Lake Garda, away to the north, the Alps. Many of the area's historic attractions fill the foreground, not least the very impressive 10th century Soiano Castle and the renowned Rocca di Manerba (see Did You Know section below).
The Rosso/Red (1-9) and Bianco/White (10-18) are the most challenging of the three nine-hole loops, but the Giallo/Yellow-nine (19-27) also provides plenty of scenic golfing challenges. All 27 holes are blessed with immaculate greens, and often lined by cypresses, olive groves, centenarian oaks and maritime pines. You'll have a few blind drives to negotiate; at the par-4 4th a television monitor at the tee shows you what's happening up ahead.
The undulations and elevation changes of the Valtenesi hills are all too obvious as the course effortlessly meanders up and down gentle slopes, passing through areas of mature woodland and also through more open stretches. Holes like the plunging downhill par-3 2nd, with plenty of water to cross in front of the green, capture the essence of timeless golf course design - the hallmark of Gardagolf.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Open all year.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 36.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Soft spikes only. Walking always permitted. Golf carts available for hire, which must remain on cart paths.
Comfortable, dormy accommodation is available in Gardagolf's own guestrooms. <br/><br/>Founders Riccardo Pisa, a local entrepreneur and Giorgio Simonini, were keen to establish a golf course in the Valtenesi region, a wonderfully picturesque area of green hills on the shores of Lake Garda (between Desenzano and Salò). Granted planning permission in 1986, the project was to transform part of what was once the Omedeo Estate, which straddled the municipalities of Soiano and Polpenazze. <br/><br/>From the golf course you will see the Rocca di Manerba, a high promontory dominating the western shore of Lake Garda. From its strategic position overlooking Italy's largest lake, the Rock of Manerba was continuously occupied from the late Neolithic period (4500 BC) to the 16th century. <br/><br/>Gardagolf has hosted many top level tournaments including the Italian Open and Ladies Italian Open. For more details see: Top Golf Tournaments at GardaGolf Country Club.
Via Angelo Omodeo 3, 25080 - Soiano del Lago, nr Brescia
+39 0365 674 704/5Visit website
The Porta del Sole Hotel stands on the edge of the Castello di Soiano Natural Park, and 500m from the Gardagolf Country Club. Surrounded by hills and facing Lake Garda, there are several golf courses nearby, most with an agreement with the hotel. The hotel's centrepiece is a 1700s neoclassic villa that has been faithfully restored. The hotel has 24 guestrooms, all furnished in a classical style.
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+39 030 914 1974Visit website
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