Florence lies in the Tuscany region, famed for its history, art, food and Chianti wine.
The city produced the poet Dante (1265-1321) as well as many historically important figures during the Renaissance period such as the painter Botticelli, artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, artist and sculptor Michelangelo, philosopher and political theorist Machiavelli, and astronomer and physicist Galileo. Florence’s Medici family sponsored artists’ projects and many artists rose to prominence.
Today Florence is a modern, vibrant economic centre with a charming heart. Its historic city centre was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982.
The city also has a claim to fame when it comes to sport. Circolo Golf Ugolino, or Ugolino Golf Club, at Via Chiantigiana in the Florence district, evolved from the first golf association founded in Italy. It was originally known as the Florence Golf Club when it opened for play in 1889 on a site in the Cascine area and when it first hosted the national championships in 1905.
The change of site in 1933, however, also led to its name being changed to Ugolino. The Italian Open was last held there in 1983 when Germany’s Bernhard Langer edged out the late Seve Ballesteros in a playoff for the title.
The Ugolino club has a prestigious 18-hole course designed by English architects Cecil Blandford and Peter Gannon. Though short by modern championship standards, it is widely considered one of the world’s most suggestive natural golf courses, and one of the most beautiful. Cypress and olive trees that are characteristic of this region line the course fairways, and the well-defended small greens are a feature of the compact layout.
The beautiful cultivated Chianti hills surround the course, motivating golfers to explore the nearby castles, villages, farms and vineyards.
Just north of Florence, in the Mugello region, the Poggio dei Medici Golf Club and course is named for one of the most wealthy and powerful families in European history.
Opened in 1992, it was soon recognised as the best new golf course in the country by Italy’s Mondo del Golf magazine, and Conde Nast Traveller also rated the club highly.