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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 80,000 affiliated Italian golf club members who play their game on Italy’s 250 or so golf courses.

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Biella
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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Royal Park I Roveri (Robert Trent Jones)
Robert Trent Jones designed Royal Park I Roveri and it’s his first Italian architectural ensemble, which opened its doors for play in 1971.

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Villa d'Este
Peter Gannon cut 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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Castelconturbia (Blue & Yellow)
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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Golf Nazionale
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)
John Morrison designed the original Torino 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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Verdura (East)
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
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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Bogogno (Conte)
Del Conte is one of two Robert von Hagge courses at the impressive golf club Circolo Golf Bogogno.

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Verdura (West)
A couple of holes on the front nine of the West course at the Verdura Golf Resort skirt an old railway line before the blue waters of the Med are reached at holes 8 and 9…

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