Tee off somewhere spectacular as Tuscany never fails to disappoint with many golfing grounds peppered across the region. Whether you are looking for rolling hills or challenging terrain, Tuscany’s mild weather and stunning panoramic views make it the ideal location for golf. The very first modern golf course was established here by the British community in Florence in 1889, a few kilometers north of the city. Since, then Tuscany has transformed into a veritable golfer’s paradise with a wide variety of golf courses in every part of the region. Tuscany is timeless thanks to its art, history, culture, cuisine and also infinitely varied landscape that makes it home to so many treasures, including golf courses!
Here are a few you’ll find nestled in some of the most wonderful landscapes from the coast to the mountains, making it as much an adventure into nature as a great place to golf.
The stunning grounds of the Pelagone Golf Club in Gavorrano, are lake side lands, a short distance from the sea. Located on the grounds of the luxury Il Pelagone resort, views of hilltops and restful waters enhance your game as you immerse yourself in the idyllic surrroundings. The Maremma coast is also home to the Argentario Golf Resort and the Punta Ala Club where you can take your shots with the glittering sea on the horizon. Livorno vaunts several marvellous golfing grounds, all within reach of the sea for a post-game chill. The Golf Club Livorno is one such option, but don’t miss out on a trip to nearby Elba island to putt about the Golf Hermitage Isola D’Elba and the Elba Golf Club Dell’Acquabona in Portoferraio, the glorious grounds will simply leave you mesmerized. Complete your coastal golfing experience by checking out the 18-hole course Versilia Golf Club in Forte dei Marmi or the 9-hole course at the Golf Club Tirrenia with its competitive course tucked into the trees.
There are plenty of reasons why visiting Tuscany’s most famous cities of art is a fantastic idea, but golf is another reason to book a trip too! Keep up with your favourite sport while on holiday by grabbing your gear and heading to the Valdichiana Golf Club or the Royal Golf la Bagnaia near Siena. Florence doesn’t disappoint either with the Parco di Firenze Golf Club, the Bellosguardo Vinci Golf Club or the Ugolino Golf Club a short distance from the Renaissance city. Another club that offers more than meets the eye is the Montelupo Golf Club near Florence. The 9-hole course follows flat terrain along the Arno river, surrounded by the dramatic Tuscan landscape of Chianti Montalbano. If you are on the lookout for a larger course, the 27 holes of the Castelfalfi Golf Club is your answer. With the landscape varying from lake side to mountainous, every skill level is accommodated. Another city on your cultural checklist is bound to be Pisa, grab a spot of golf while you’re there at the Cosmopolitan Golf and Country Club. The San Miniato Golf Club is also easily visitable from Pisa, its 9-hole course often the host of golfing competitions.
Seek some complete rest and relaxation in carefully curated courses, the perfect antidote to life’s stresses. The unspoiled scenery of the Tuscan countryside is an obvious choice when it comes to choosing where to golf. At the foot of the Tuscan Apennines you can find the UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club, in Scarperia and San Piero, titled Italy’s best golf course in 2016 by the World Golf Awards. Garfagnana is renowned for its astonishing natural beauty, delve deep into the greens of the Golf Club Garfagnana. in Pieve Fosciana, to feel fully part of nature, lying between the northern part of the Tuscan Apennines and the Apuan Alps.
Italy is home to thermal springs dating back thousands of years. Where better, then, to combine a spot of golf with the ultimate spa experience? The Terme di Saturnia Golf Club in Manciano is next to hot spring pools that ensure any sore muscles will be quickly remedied.
Casentino area options include the Casentino Golf Club, in Poppi, while the Valdinievole is home to the Montecatini Terme Golf Club, meaning that wherever you are in Tuscany, a golf club is never a far distance away.