MI­LAN – TURIN

The Cut - - ITALY GOLF TRAVELLER -

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.

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