Golf courses in the Piemonte region
Agrate Conturbia, Asti, Biella, Fiano, Fubine, Sestriere, Venaria Reale
Golf players live an average of five years longer than those who do not practice the sport. This is not an advertisement but the result of a study conducted by a Swedish scientist who certifies that golfers spending four or five hours outdoors walking approximately 7 kilometres at a fast pace are more long-lived. Considered in the past as a super élite sport, golf is now one of the features that Piemonte wishes to highlight to promote its tourist image.
The magazine “Il Mondo del Golf” (Golf World) rates the region as one with an excellent position. In fact, in recent years four of the top ten courses in Italy are located here. It is no accident that Royal Park Golf & Country Club is hosting the Italian Open from May 7 -10. Royal Park is surrounded by the Alps, immersed in the Parco Regionale della Mandria (Regional Park), is a stone’s throw from the Reggia di Venaria Reale (the largest of the Savoy Residences), approximately ten kilometres from the airport and only fifteen kilometers from the centre of Torino. Designed by Robert Trent Jones in the 1970’s, it recently earned 18 new holes with the “signature” of world famous architect Michael Hurdzan. Another club that tops the charts is the Circolo Golf Torino – La Mandria , built in 1956 in the evocative frame of the Parco de "La Mandria". John Morrison created the first eighteen holes and, in the following years thanks to designs from the Harris Studio and architects Marco Croze and Graham Cooke, the course expands to 27 holes and yet again to the 36 holes it offers today.
The Golf Club Le Betulle in Biella is included in the “top ten”. The 18-hole course unwinds among birch and beech woods and the spectacular view of the Alpine foothills can be admired from the 16th hole forward. The province of Novara is no less impressive with its Castelconturbia Golf : 27 holes among trees that are hundreds of years old, small lakes and a rolling terrain with the splendid backdrop of the Monte Rosa Massif. The splendid Sestriere golf course is located at an altitude of 2,000 metres. Built in the 1930’s, it witnessed tournaments with the best known national and international professionals like the 1936 Open in which renowned champion Henry Cotton won the title.
From mountain peaks to the hills of the province of Asti, the land of spumante, the modern Feudo d’Asti proposes an 18-hole course. Prestigious acknowledgments go to the Golf Club Margara in Alessandria, which will be hosting the 33rd PGAI Championship on April 10th, lining up Italy’s finest professional golfers on the course to compete for the most illustrious title of the category. From September 25 -27, it will also host the 10th Italian Open for the Disabled with 13 teams arriving from all over Europe.
Date of last update: 20/04/2010