Italy

There’s something sexy about Italy right down to the country’s over-the-knee boot shape. Pizza, pasta, Parmesan, piazza, Prosecco, Piaggio and even the pope spring to mind along with Ferrari, Ducati and even Fiat, all these symbols are synonymous with the stylish Italian culture.

With Roman ruins, Renaissance art, the Alps, Venice and naturally some chic shopping, it’s not surprising that Italians called their homeland "Il Belpaese" (beautiful country).

Golf in Italy dates back more than a century when, in 1889, the then English colony of Florence founded the Florence Golf Club, the first Italian golf association. Florence Golf Club was renamed in 1933 to Ugolino Golf Club. Roma Acquasanta owns Italy's oldest golf course (the club was founded in 1903), but golf is a sport that has somehow failed to grip the Italian imagination unlike football, which is the country’s national sport. There are only 90,000 affiliated Italian golf club members who play their game on Italy’s 250 or so golf courses.

We last updated our Italian Top 50 rankings in February 2016, click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Italy

Biella

2nd Italy Ranking

Golf Club Biella known locally as "Le Betulle" is located in Valcarozza, one of the most evocative and serene spots in northern Italy. The club was founded in 1958 and the English architect John Morrison designed it.

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Castelconturbia (Blue & Yellow)

3rd Italy Ranking

Designed by Robert Trent Jones, Castelconturbia Golf Club opened for play in 1984 to a standing ovation. It’s located about one hour’s drive to the north of Milan and it has bags of Italian style.

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Villa d'Este

4th Italy Ranking

Peter Gannon cut the course at Circolo Golf Villa d’Este through a pine, ash and chestnut forest back in 1926 and this former Italian Open venue is still as stylish today as it was back then.

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Golf Nazionale

5th Italy Ranking

To the northwest of Rome lies the beautiful Golf Nazionale (formerly known as Le Querce Golf Club) set in 60 hectares of delightful undulating land. With fairways flanked by stately oaks...

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Torino (Blue)

6th Italy Ranking

John Morrison designed the original Torino golf course and a number of holes were renovated by the Canadian architect Graham Cook in preparation for the 1999 Italian Open, won by Padraig Harrington.

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Olgiata (West)

7th Italy Ranking

All 27 holes at Olgiata are set in sumptuous parkland surroundings where the terrain is mildly undulating and fairways are separated by avenues of magnificent mature trees.

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Bogogno (Bonora)

8th Italy Ranking

Bogogno Golf Club, or Circolo Golf Bogogno, is one of Europe’s most impressive 36-hole golf resorts. With two contrasting Robert von Hagge-designed courses, it’s a destination well worth knowing.

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Verdura (East)

9th Italy Ranking

The more undulating East course at Verdura features a number of outstanding holes and the waterside 6th is described with good reason as the golf resort’s “Postage Stamp” hole.

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Milano (1st & 2nd)

10th Italy Ranking

Founded in 1928, Milano Golf Club is one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs and the course is routed through glorious parkland on fairly flat terrain.

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