Italy, a new golf destination
by, 09-30-2013 at 11:42 AM (501 Views)
Italy is becoming the next big thing in the golf travel world. Northern European golfers who traditionally choose Spain and Turkey for the mild weather, are increasingly turning to Italy for a less “touristy”, more authentic golf experience.
In fact, relatively warm and sunny weather in central and southern Italy means that golf can be enjoyed even in the fall and winter months. Plus, the ‘boot’ offers a variety of complementary services that have the potential to make your golf trip truly special.
In first place, of course, the golf courses! There are more than 300 golf courses all over Italy, located in beautiful landscapes that vary from the rolling hills in the charming countryside, to exotic seaside settings next to the intense blue Mediterranean Sea, to dramatic sceneries in the Alps.
Many golf courses offer challenging and fun layouts that have been designed by Italian and international golf pros and architects, providing an array of options for all game levels. Club houses often include restaurants or bars where you can enjoy great food and wine.
In fact, eno-gastronomy is another important factor that impacts the quality and ‘flavor’ of your Italian golf experience. From wine or prosecco tasting, to sipping some cool homemade beer, to savoring fresh local products and traditional Mediterranean cuisine, or even becoming chef for a day with a cooking class… the number of foodie activities on the to-do-list is quite long!
Your golf vacation can also be complemented by Italy’s obvious tourist vocation, history, arts and sightseeing attractions. Historic monuments, buildings of architectural importance, famous museums, sculptures and paintings – no need to get into detail here!
Finally, thinking about the distance between some golf courses can be a definite plus. Just to make one example: the area of southern Tuscany known as Maremma features 4 beautiful golf courses that are less than 2 hours away from each other. This means that during your vacation you can play in more than one place. This also allows you to enjoy the different landscapes and charming villages scattered in the countryside or along the coast.
In conclusion, Italy is the perfect destination to enjoy ‘golf tourism’, i.e. playing in great golf courses while exploring the local culture, history, traditions and eno-gastronomy.