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Golf and Nature in Emilia-Romagna

Modena Golf and Country Club

 

A land of inestimable artistic, cultural and scenic beauty, Emilia-Romagna is also an ideal place for beauty, wellness and golf enthusiasts. The Region of Emilia Romagna in particular has taken an interest in golf, sponsoring a project focusing on the sport, in collaboration with APT Servizi. 

The region’s golf courses are numerous, beginning with those situated in the eastern parts of Emilia Romagna, comprising the areas of RavennaRiminiForlì Cesena and Ferrara. Amidst an abundance of pine trees, seas and lakes, the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia offers 27 holes at its links, while the 25-hole course at Rimini-Verrucchio Golf Club, immersed in the park of Valmarecchia, features a marvelous view on the Medieval borgoes of Verucchio, Torriana and San Leo. The 18 holes of the Riviera Golf Resort unwind on the gently-rolling hills of Malatesta: sport, wellness and nature bless visitors to this resort with days of intense relaxation.

Some of the best links here include Riolo Golf La Torre, with its rather technical layout that expands over approx. 200 acres of pristine nature; and C.U.S. Ferrara Golf, no more than 500 meters (1,640 ft) from Ferrara’s historic center. Admire the wonders left by the Renaissance that put this city on the UNESCO World Heritage List; then, head to the links! Whoever loves golf and decides to try their swing in these parts can add art and entertainment to the mix, perhaps admiring the Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna or spending a day with the family in the area’s amusement parks

The countryside around Bologna and Modena boasts just as many high-quality golfing establishments. Golf Club Le Fonti provides golfers with 17 holes that extend to 6,489 meters (or 21,289 feet), all within the charming setting of Valle del Sillaro (also close to reputed thermal spas). Just a hop away from Bologna is the historic Golf Club Bologna, built in 1959. Staying within the Bolognese section of the Appenine Range, the Molino del Pero Golf Club consists of a fun and varied course – 18 holes that run 5,480 meters long (17, 979 feet). At the Region’s dead center is the Modena Golf & Country Club, one of the best courses in all of Italy; with ample green and teeing ground, its fairway design includes five artificial lakes. The San Valentino Golf Club, rather (Commune of Castellarano-RE), is 18 holes inside 130 acres of woods and green. Those visiting one of these clubs should not miss a trip to see Bologna’s characteristic porticoes and towers in between games.

Not to be left out, the west of Emilia-Romagna – Reggio EmiliaParma and Piacenza – is comparable in terms of golf establishments. Matilde di Canossa Golf is 18 holes of gentle pitches and slopes, extending up to 6,200 meters (20,341 ft); crossed by Quaresimo Creek, it overlooks an inspiring panorama of the surrounding territory. Golf Club La Rocca is also par for the region: 18 holes, 6,076 meters (19, 934 feet) long, and near several historically and naturally-rich sites, among which are Castello di Torrechiara, the Rocca di Fontanellato, Colorno and the Regional Park of Boschi di Carrega (Carrega Woods Regional Park). 

Distinguished for their beauty are Salsomaggiore Golf & Thermae, a natural paradise of 18 holes fit for a champion, within 70 hectares; Castell’Arquato Golf Club and its 18 holes just a stone's throw from Piacenza and a few minutes from the Medieval village of Castell’Arquato; and the Croara Country Club’s 18 rather technical links, inside the most natural of environments. No matter which of these greens one chooses, a pleasant stroll through the vias of Parma and Piacenza are always an enticing option for the evening.