MILAN – TURIN
Circolo Golf Torino La Mandria, or Torino Golf Course, does more than provide golfers with views of the expansive Lake Risera and the diverse species of water birds living there. The club has earned an award for its sustainable use of and protection of its natural resources.
Designed by English course architect John Morrison and updated by Marco Croze and Graham Cooke, Torino comprises two 18-hole courses, Percorso Blu (Blue Course) and Percorso Giallo (Yellow Course). Both courses were created at La Mandria in 1956 and have a distinct British character.
Younger than Circolo Golf Torino La Mandria, and one of the country’s best, is its neighbour the Royal Park I Roveri golf course. Created in 1971, the course has since been extended and redesigned by architect Michael Hurdzan and designer Dana Fry so that it now comprises two 18-hole courses.
Formed on a former hunting estate that is now part of the regional conservation area Parco La Mandria, the golf course has enhanced the bones of the original Robert Trent Jones Snr design. Mature trees outline and isolate the holes, and views of the Olympic Alps draw a player’s gaze.
Royal Park I Roveri has a track record for being among the best Italian courses. The Italian Open was held here from 2009 to 2012. above the 18th hole.
Breathtaking views of Lake Como are just one of the joys of another golf course in this district, the Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club.
The club has a fascinating library of historic golfing books with more than 1200 volumes, including 19th century books in English on the rules and art of playing golf. Many titles are recorded in a beautifully bound, handwritten catalogue.
Designed by PGA co-founder John Henry Taylor and built in 1907 by wealthy English golf enthusiasts, the Menaggio and Cadenabbia course exudes a gentle old-world air.
The alpine course is carved in a classic British style into the hillsides surrounding Lake Como with outlooks towards Argengo and Lake Lecco, as well over Bellagio to the mesmerising central Alps.