Italy has 90 thousand golf players, not much if you consider other northern European countries, but still enough for the Country to have some of the best golf courses in Europe.
The top three are Royal Park I Roveri, in Fiano, north of Turin, Golf Club Le Betulle, in Valcarozza, northeast of Turin, and Circolo Golf Villa d’Este near Lake Como.
Designed by Peter Gannon in 1926, the latter is a Royal Retreat that hosted Kings and Queens. Although it may fall short compared to today’s standards, as some may say, Villa d’Este has a challenging course with several changes of pace; surrounded by birch, pine and chestnut trees, you will play on top of Como hills.
Le Betulle course dates back to the 1950s and it has 18 holes on hilly terrain built by J. Morrison. Giving the impression of being in an English moorland, it is one of the most serene and evocative spots in northern Italy.