Via Lido 81,
Ascona, Ticino CH-6612
18 holes. Tree-lined parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk.
Woodland, residential and lakeside (Lake Maggiore).
Original design by Harry Colt and Charles Hugh Alison, with later revisions by C.K. "Ken" Cotton and Peter Harradine.
30 km NW of Lugano
From Hwy 2 (E35), to the east of Locarno, take exit 47 (Bellinzona Sud) and follow Hwy 2, direction Locarno. After approx 8.4 km turn right into Via Monte Ceneri. After 1.6 km at roundabout follow the A13, direction Locarno / Ascona. After approx 10 km, just after crossing over the River Maggia, leave the A13 and follow signs for Ascona centre and then Ascona Golf.
Golf Club Patriziale Ascona: With the look, feel and style of a top-quality private golf facility, the name "Patriziale Ascona" gives away the fact that the club was actually established and is ultimately run by the City of Ascona authorities. However, "municipal" is hardly a word you'd ascribe to this wonderfully laid out and excellently maintained golf venue.
On relatively flat terrain, in sharp contrast to the towering mountains all around, this classical, tree-lined, parkland course weaves its way down to the banks of Lake Maggiore on a number of occasions. The par-4 16th and par-3 17th holes, are played directly alongside the stunning lake, with the 16th tee providing the best of the lakeside-mountain views; definitely a place to tarry awhile.
The sometimes straight, at other times gently dog-legging holes ease their way through avenues of mature trees, with stylish bunkering also in play. Expansive, shallow bunkers play a key role in defending the fronts of the good-size and nicely undulating greens, placing an emphasis on high, precise shots onto the putting surfaces, rather than low, running approaches. Water is in play on only a few occasions, with the par-3 2nd and 17th holes, and the par-4 8th threatened by small, rock-fringed ponds.
Without roads or real estate disturbing this quiet and tranquil environment, you will be able to concentrate on hitting the not-too-tight, not-too-generous fairways, while soaking up the pleasures of golfing beside Lago di Maggiore.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. Course open all year.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 36 (or 30 in busiest periods).
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2019].
Soft spikes only. Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
In the south of the Swiss canton of Ticino, you will find a wonderful golfing triumvirate, comprising the golf clubs of Ascona, Gerre Losone and Lugano. The first two are located in or close to the much visited town of Ascona. Lying on either side of the River Maggia, as it flows into enchanting Lake Maggiore, the neighbouring towns of Ascona (and Losone) on one side, and Locarno on the other, draw huge numbers of tourists from all over the world. In an immensely scenic Alpine setting, looking onto the lake and its surrounding mountains, you can enjoy a wonderful array of performing arts and cultural events. Every year Ascona hosts a much renowned jazz festival, called the New Orleans Jazz Festival Ascona. Dining at the restaurants on Ascona's lakeside Piazza Giuseppe Motta, is a treat not to be missed.
6th best course in Switzerland (Golf Digest, 2020).
Via Gottardo Madonna 15, CH-6612 Ascona
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Via Albarelle 16, 6612 Ascona
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Ascona; Gerre Losone
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