Situated just to the north of Milan, in the pine, chestnut and birch tree-clad Como hills beside Lake Montorfano, Circolo Golf Villa d’Este lies in true Italian splendor. Villa d’Este is a timeless classic, regarded as a jewel in the Italian golfing crown.This opulent course has been considered a royal retreat over the years with Kings and Queens from Belgium, Britain, Spain and Greece signing the opulent clubhouse’s VIP “gold book”.
Although the overall yardage of the course is a mere 6,300 yards the six demanding par threes to be played, only one of which is less than 180 yards off the championship tees, and natural inclines mean the game here is still a test of your skill levels.
The Italian Open has not returned to Villa d’Este since it was last held here in 1972 – when Scotland’s Norman Wood won his only European Tour competition. While the modern game has rendered the course obsolete in many respects for the professionals, this is very much their loss as both club members and many annual visitors will readily testify. Villa d’Este offers players a chance to play the more traditional game and embrace golf at it’s truest form.