Best golf courses: Italy

There is still something faintly aristocratic about Italian golf, perhaps not yet a sport for all, but one played by a growing number of people in Italy. If quantity is missing, quality is certainly not. There are plenty of excellent courses in the north of Italy, especially around Milan and the lakes. The clubhouse restaurants serve great Italian cuisine - who could want for more. Generally spike shoes can be worn in & around the club house (just take a look at some of the wooden floors). To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Italy on our customised maps.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Bari
Hurdzan/Fry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bari

Designer

Original design by Italian course architect David Mezzacane (1998); remodelled by Hurdzan/Fry Design (Dr Michael Hurdzan & Dana Fry) (2007).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Venice
Harris & Croze

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Venice

Designer

Cdr John Harris & Marco Croze
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Silva, Daniel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Daniel Silva
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Florence (Firenze)
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Florence (Firenze)

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Rome
Mezzacane & Dassu

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

David Mezzacane & Baldovino Dassù

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Verona
Nicklaus II & Player

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Verona

Designer

Jack Nicklaus II (18 hole course); Gary Player (9 hole course).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Venice
European Golf

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Venice

Designer

European Golf Design
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Milan
Morrison, John

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

John S. F. Morrison
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Cotton & Sutton

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Original 18 holes designed by English course architect C.K. "Ken" Cotton with Martin A.F. Sutton (1961). A third nine, the Magnetti-nine (Red?), added by Italian course architect Marco Croze and Australian pro golfer Tom Linskey (1988).
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Turin
Morrison, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Turin

Designer

Original design by English golf course architect John S.F. Morrison (of Colt, Alison & Morrison).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Milan
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Robert von Hagge

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Milan
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Robert von Hagge

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Bologna
Cotton & Harris

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bologna

Designer

C.K. (Ken) Cotton and Cdr John Harris, with later revisions in 1998 by Peter Alliss.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Venice
Croze, Marco

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Venice

Designer

Marco Croze
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Current three nine-hole loops designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr (1986).

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Florence (Firenze)
Preissmann & Moroder

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Florence (Firenze)

Designer

Rainer Preissmann and Wilfried Moroder.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Rome
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Arnold Palmer
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Rsrt guests only
Siena
Weiskopf, Tom

Visitors?

Rsrt guests only

Nearest city

Siena

Designer

Tom Weiskopf

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Rimini
Croze & Fioravanti

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rimini

Designer

Marco Croze & Alvise Rossi Fioravanti, in association with Baldovino Dassù.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Verona
Rossknecht, Kurt

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Verona

Designer

Kurt Rossknecht

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Livorno
Mezzacane, David

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Livorno

Designer

David Mezzacane
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Catania
Piras, Franco

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Catania

Designer

Franco Piras

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Catania
Player, Gary

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Catania

Designer

Gary Player

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Dye & Croze

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Pete Dye & Marco Croze
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Verona
Cotton, Pennink & Steel

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Verona

Designer

C.K. "Ken" Cotton, Frank Pennink & Donald Steel.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Remo
Harris, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Remo

Designer

John Harris
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Rome
Fazio & Fazio

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

George and Jim Fazio

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Trieste
Croce, Marco

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Trieste

Designer

Marco Croce

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Croze, Marco

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Marco Croze
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cagliari
von Hagge, Robert

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cagliari

Designer

Robert von Hagge
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cagliari
Mancinelli, Piero

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cagliari

Designer

Piero Mancinelli (of Cotton, Pennink & Partners)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Florence (Firenze)
Palmer, Arnold

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Florence (Firenze)

Designer

Arnold Palmer

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Nicklaus, Jack

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Jack Nicklaus
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Piras, Franco

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Franco Piras
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Trieste
Croze, Marco

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Trieste

Designer

Marco Croze
5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Wkends restrictd
Rome
Fazio, Jim & EGD

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

Jim Fazio & David Mezzacane (1991). Fully redesigned by European Golf Design (lead designer Dave Sampson), in collaboration with Jim Fazio's son Tom Fazio II (2020).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Milan
Gannon & Blandford

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Peter Gannon & Cecil Blandford
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Bologna
Langer, Bernhard

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bologna

Designer

Bernhard Langer
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Caremoli, Luigi

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Luigi Rota Caremoli revised the course in the early 1990s.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Venice
Macauley, Tom

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Venice

Designer

Tom Macauley
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Cavalsani & Fazio

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Biratti Cavalsani & Jim Fazio

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Cavalsani & Fazio

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Biratti Cavalsani & Jim Fazio

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Rome
Cotton, Ken

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

C.K. (Ken) Cotton with later revisions by Jim Fazio.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Weekdays only
Venice
Harris, John

Visitors?

Weekdays only

Nearest city

Venice

Designer

Cdr John Harris
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Verona
Fazio, Jim

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Verona

Designer

Jim Fazio

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Rome
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

Unknown

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Wkends restrictd
Rome
Dye, P.B.

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

P.B. Dye
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Cagliari
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Cagliari

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Catania
Caremoli, Luigi Rota

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Catania

Designer

Laid out by owner Luigi Rota Caremoli.

5-star: Fabulous – courses don’t get much better than this.
Visitors welcome
Florence (Firenze)
Dassu & Fioravanti

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Florence (Firenze)

Designer

Baldovino Dassù and Alvise Rossi Fioravanti

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Livorno
Cavalsani, Giulio

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Livorno

Designer

Giulio Cavalsani
Unrated: Well regarded course not yet visited by the Where2Golf team.
Visitors welcome
Genoa
Unknown

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Genoa

Designer

Unknown

3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Rimini
Silva, Brian

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rimini

Designer

Brian Silva
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Rimini
Cooke, Graham

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rimini

Designer

Canadian golf course architect Graham Cooke with Luigi Rota Caremoli.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Wkends restrictd
Rome
Unknown

Visitors?

Wkends restrictd

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

Unknown

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Siena
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Siena

Designer

Robert Trent Jones II (lead designer Ty Butler).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Turin
Hurdzan/Fry

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Turin

Designer

Hurdzan/Fry Design (lead designer David Whelchel).

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Turin
Jones Sr, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Turin

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Sr.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Bari
European Golf Design

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Bari

Designer

European Golf Design
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
San Remo
Gannon, Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

San Remo

Designer

Peter Gannon

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Rome
Fream, Ron

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

Ronald (Ron) Fream
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Rome
Jones II, Robert Trent

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Rome

Designer

Robert Trent Jones II (lead designer Ty Butler).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Turin
Morrison, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Turin

Designer

Original design at this location by English course architect John S. F. Morrison (1956). Developed into 27 holes and then 36 by Italian designer Marco Croze. Blue course renovated by Graham Cooke of Canada (1997).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Turin
Morrison, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Turin

Designer

Original design at this location by English course architect John S. F. Morrison (1956). Developed into 27 holes and then 36 by Italian designer Marco Croze.

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Livorno
Preston, Keith

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Livorno

Designer

Keith Preston
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Florence (Firenze)
Gannon & Blandford

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Florence (Firenze)

Designer

Original design at Ugolino by Englishman Cecil Blandford and Irishman Peter Gannon (1933). Piero Mancinelli extended the course from a par-69 to a par-72 in the 1960s.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Gannon & Blandford

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Peter Gannon & Cecil Blandford
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Venice
Cruikshank, Cotton & Croze

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Venice

Designer

Cruikshank, a Scottish golf architect, laid out the original 9- holes in 1928. C.K. (Ken) Cotton added the second nine in 1951. In preparation for the 1974 Italian Open, Marco Croze made substantial revisions to the course.
4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Palermo
Phillips, Kyle

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palermo

Designer

Kyle Phillips

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Palermo
Phillips, Kyle

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Palermo

Designer

Kyle Phillips

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Verona
Harris, John

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Verona

Designer

Cdr John Harris

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Milan
Gannon, Peter

Visitors?

Visitors welcome

Nearest city

Milan

Designer

Peter Gannon

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