Head to Switzer­land’s Ti­cino

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As­cona, Switzer­land, Au­gust 2015: The unique mi­cro-cli­mate of Ti­cino, the Ital­ian-speak­ing can­ton in south­ern Switzer­land, al­lows golfers to con­tinue play­ing in warm, balmy weather well into Oc­to­ber. To make the most of the fan­tas­tic play­ing con­di­tions, Giardino As­cona (www.giardino-as­cona.ch/) has teamed up with its next-door neigh­bor Golf Club Pa­triziale As­cona, where the course was de­signed with the help of the leg­endary Harry Colt.

Lo­cated along the banks of Lake Mag­giore against a back­drop of mag­nif­i­cent Alpine moun­tains, the feel of the golf club re­mains very much that of a pri­vate, stylish golf fa­cil­ity, even though it is now man­aged by the City of As­cona. Es­tab­lished in 1928 as a nine-hole lay­out, the golf club soon be­came a meet­ing place for lo­cal busi­ness­men, wealthy tourists and celebri­ties who chose this lit­tle par­adise at the foothills of the Alps as their reg­u­lar spot to play golf.

Such was the pop­u­lar­ity of the club that the course was ex­tended to 18 holes with the help of em­i­nent golf course ar­chi­tects, Harry Colt & Charles Ali­son, who cre­ated a clas­sic, tree-lined park­land course that weaves its way down to one of Europe’s most fa­mous lakes. The par-4 16th and par-3 17th holes run di­rectly along­side the pic­turesque lake whilst the rest of the course me­an­ders through av­enues of ma­ture trees and ex­pan­sive but shal­low bunkers that de­fend many of the tricky, un­du­lat­ing greens. This par 71 course, which is open all year round, was awarded the ti­tle of “Best Golf Course in Switzer­land” in 1999.

Golfers stay at the 72-room Giardino As­cona, a lux­u­ri­ous re­treat ho­tel ad­ja­cent to the golf club, which of­fers fine din­ing in the 2 Miche­lin­starred Ecco where Rolf Fl­ie­gauf (one of Switzer­land’s most dec­o­rated chefs) re­sides, a less for­mal res­tau­rant known as Aphrodite, the HotelBar over­look­ing a lush Mediter­ranean gar­den and ex­ten­sive fit­ness fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a dipiù Spa.

For golfers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a few aches and pains af­ter a busy sum­mer of

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