Apart from its fa­mous ar­chi­tec­ture and canal sys­tems, Venice presents the visi­tor with an el­e­gant and tech­ni­cally chal­leng­ing golf course that is con­sis­tently rated in the coun­try’s top 10.

Cir­colo Golf Venezia, aka Venice Golf Club, si­t­u­ated on the is­land of Lido di Venezia, hosted the Ital­ian Open cham­pi­onship in 1955, 1960 and 1974.

The orig­i­nal nine-hole Venice course de­signed by Scot­tish ar­chi­tect Bobby Cruik­shank opened in 1930. Part of its charm is the story be­hind its cre­ation… that in 1928 the Amer­i­can in­dus­tri­al­ist Henry Ford en­listed the help of his friend Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata to find a suit­able site on the is­land to en­joy a game of golf.

The course was ex­tended and de­vel­oped into an 18-hole course by cham­pion English golfer Henry Cot­ton in 1951 and once had a Scot­tish links style. To­day, with its ma­ture trees and im­mac­u­late up­keep, the tree-lined fair­ways and sandy dunes lend the course a dis­tinct park-like feel.

Wa­ter haz­ards are lim­ited to a few pretty ponds that skirt three holes. The only ‘canal’ to be crossed is a small in­let be­low the first tee — un­less you count the moat that sur­rounds an 18th

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