Golf in Italy is no hidden secret.
The country offers an unbeatable cultural golf holiday, with a superb mix of championship golf courses, world-class cuisine and stunning landscapes.
From European Tour venues to incredible tracks combined with stunning views, the country has got all the ingredients to attract avid golfers.
Italy offers a golf break for everyone and anyone, including city-based tours, luxurious five star hotels and resorts and the Italian gastronomy. The Italian island’s are among the most popular destinations for golf visitors, particularly Sicily, but why not try something slightly different for your golfing trip and visit Tuscany, where you will find one of the best golf and spa resorts in Italy.
Nestled in the heart of the enchanting Tuscan countryside, yet located just 12 km outside of Siena, the stunning La Bagnaia Golf & Spa Resort Siena, Curio Collection by Hilton provides guests with a world class experience, immersed in nature, culture and tradition.
The Resort, a converted authentic medieval hamlet, features 101 rooms and suites decorated in an authentic Tuscan style enriched by an original selection of art, tapestries and antique furnishings, creating exclusive yet inviting spaces. Buddha SPA by Clarins with its thermal waters, the panoramic terraces and gardens, several bars and restaurants proposing the excellency of the local eno-gastronomic offer.
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The Royal Golf La Bagnaia Course at the resort itself can be found less than a 30-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Siena. The course is stunning, enriched by beautiful lakes and harmonised by the gentle hills of Siena.
The 18-hole layout is Robert Trent Jones Jnr’s first Tuscan design, and it’s one of three Italian courses currently in the American architect’s portfolio.
It’s unique in the sense that it is set out as an ‘inland links’ within a rolling 2,470-acre estate, where fairways are routed around the sparkling waters of five beautiful lakes, with the feature holes on both nines being positioned beside these water hazards.
Holes three, four and seven all dogleg left around the hazards, as does the par-5 13th, with its boomerang-shaped fairway turning sharply right towards a tiny green.
The La Bagnaia Course is made exciting, not only due to the architectural skills of Trent Jones, but due to the incredible views across nature and the medieval city of Siena.
The resort contains two villages. Borgo Bagnaia is part of the resort complex and has 72 rooms located in buildings that preserve the ancient medieval structure, that includes a stunning 12th century church. Borgo Filetta, meanwhile, was once an ancient horse station and offers a rural atmosphere surrounded by the Tuscan hills.
La Bagnaia is also part of IMG Prestige, a collection of some of the world’s best golf clubs and resorts. Each member club is carefully selected and invited to join the network, allowing members of each one access to the others in the programme. There is an IMG Prestige club on every continent, and other clubs include Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Archerfield Links and Cape Kidnappers.
Look no further than La Bagnaia to mix golf with historical italian culture.
Average flight time 3hrs (Glasgow - Rome)
Currency Euro (€)
Local lingo Italian
Time difference GMT+1
High season April to October (23˚C - 29˚C)
Price of pint €4.50 (average)
More info italia.it/en/home.html
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