Via Traversa il Crocifisso,
Prato, nr Firenze, Toscana 59100
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland and rural countryside.
20 km NW of Florence
From the A11 Autostrada heading west from Florence, take the Prato Ouest exit and follow the SP126, direction Prato/Poggio a Caiano. After 1.8 km bear right (don't go into the tunnel) and follow direction Poggio a Caiano/Tavola. After 1.8 km turn left at roundabout onto the Via Paronese, direction Firenze/Sigma. After 1 km turn right at third roundabout, then follow signs to Le Pavoniere.
Le Pavoniere Golf & Country Club occupies a small part of what was once Prince Leopoldo de' Medici's estate. This peaceful parkland environment is home to an attractive 19th century villa, and an excellent Arnold Palmer designed championship golf course.
Although the terrain here is essentially flat, Palmer has incorporated excellent earthmounding to ensure a thoroughly absorbing, well-defined and top-quality layout. Always presented in top condition, the layout includes a profusion of stylish bunkering, as well as several small lakes connected by sizeable water ditches (one might almost say canals). Plenty of grassy rough also lines the good-width fairways, where water is not present. All this combines to thoroughly test your course management and full range of shot-making.
A handsome double-row of mature birch trees separates the opening eight holes from the final ten. More recently, many additional trees have been planted, but not to detract from the generally open, linksy feel which characterises the course. An array of Tuscan-style brick walls and bridges are used around the water hazards, not least fronting-up the greens at the par-4 2nd, testing par-4 4th, long par-3 5th and excellent par-4 18th holes.
Plenty of woodland, with no roads or housing, lie immediately beyond the course perimeter, while beautiful Tuscan hills rise up a kilometre or so to the south. In this quiet and natural environment, this Tour-quality championship layout exudes all the charm and beauty you'd expect in "bella" Toscana.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 34.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Le Pavoniere derives from the Italian word for peacock (pavone). | Nearby Florence (in Italian "Firenze") is one of the outstanding historical cities of Europe. Known as the "cradle of the Renaissance" the city centre comprises a stunning array of palaces, monuments, churches, piazzas and many other historic buildings. The crown jewel of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo. The dome is still the largest brick and mortar built dome in the world. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, the city centre is largely contained within 14th century medieval walls. At the heart of the city in Piazza della Signoria is Bartolomeo Ammanati's Fountain of Neptune, a masterpiece of marble sculpture located at the terminus of a still functioning Roman aqueduct. The Arno river cuts through the older part of the city. One of its bridges, the renowned Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), built in the mid-1300s, features many shops and buildings above its three arches.
5th best course in Italy (Golf Digest, 2020).
Via delle Badie 228, Prato 59100, nr Firenze
+39 0574 550 541Visit website
A relatively new, 72-room hotel, located outside Firenze in nearby Prato. It is located only a short distance from the highway exit Prato Est, a 20-minute drive from Florence, and close to the Golf Club Le Pavoniere. Also offering discounted rates for play at Le Pavoniere, the Charme has a sister hotel in Prato, the 3-star Residence Golf Hotel (details available via the Charme Hotel website).
Ugolino Firenze; Poggio dei Medici (35 km)
Piazza della Repubblica 7, 50123 Florence
+39 055 27 351Visit website
The 5-star Hotel Savoy offers luxury and style in the heart of Florence. Located on the Piazza Repubblica, close to Florence's renowned landmark the Duomo, the hotel is just a short walk from the Uffizi Gallery and the Ponte Vecchio. A fabulous base from which to visit the key attractions of this beautiful and historic city. Part of the Rocco Forte Collection of luxury hotels.
Ugolino Firenze; Le Pavoniere; Poggio dei Medici
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