Area: Lake Maggiore
Par: 36 + 36 + 36
Teebox in metres:
Men: Blue (2,970) + Yellow (2,915) + Red (3,080)
Ladies: Blue (2,579) + Yellow (2,565) + Red (2,706)
Teebox in yards:
Men: Blue (3,248) + Yellow (3,187) + Red (3,368)
Ladies: Blue (2,820) + Yellow (2,805) + Red (2,959)
Designed by: Robert Trent Jones
Opened in: 1984
Electric trolley: Yes
Closing Day: Tuesday
The "Italian Golf Manual" states that a golf course was first designed here in 1898 covering the same area where the modern holes are to be found today. The project for the present layout was designed and carried out entirely by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The spot is ideal, set among age-old trees, streams and ponds, over slightly undulating ground and the final result is one of his best courses. The course blends magnificently with the unspoilt rural countryside, with Monte Rosa as a backdrop. Today this golf course is one of the most interesting in Europe, offering 27 holes over three courses, a notable variety of golfing challenges and a routing which allows golfers to give their best.
This splendid golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Europe because it is surrounded by century old forests and mountains. Its terrain is slightly ripply and its small lakes make Castelconturbia seductive not only because of its spectacular natural environment but also because of its technical characteristics. There are three courses - Red, Yellow and Blue - and each one is equally challenging. The various degrees of difficulty depend on the tee-off area which makes it possible for the high handicap player to also enjoy these courses. The fact that the Italian Open will be held here in 1998 (as in 1991) indicates that this Club also has courses that offer highly skilled golfers a competitive environment in which to play and show their skills. The Club also offers every convenience, all in close proximity to the courses: a large and attractive Club House with guest rooms, an excellent restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and a gym. Its driving range and two putting greens are located directly behind the caddie master area.
The course and the most spectacular hole Hole 7 on the yellow course is a technically spectacular par 4. From the tee players can barely see the left dogleg. The first part of the hole is surrounded by pine woods which gradually turn into an oak tree area in the direction of the first stroke.When one is within range of the green, the view of a large open space facing the Club House and dominated in the background by Monte Rosa is unforgettable.One has only a minute to admire it before concentrating on the next shot where the green sits on top of a small pond that is inhabitated by ducks and surrounded by weeping willow trees. The emotion that this hole arouses can also be enjoyed in the evening from the Club House terrace where one can admire this green lit in the distance in a theatrical setting.
Comment from Peugeot Golf Guide
Although the three 9 hole courses can be combined to produce different layouts, the blue and yellow courses were the two chosen for the Italian Open in 1998. The hallmark of Robert Trent Jones is omnipresent, and not only in the jagged sand traps. The strategic aspect is particularly important, and watch out for the deceiving width of fairways.Remember, too, that there is always the right side from which to attack greens in the best position, especially since the greens in question are pretty huge with diabolical slopes and breaks; Golf here consists in cutting out mistakes and in stopping short of all-out attack. Castelconturbia requires a lot of thought and the ability to turn thought into deed, so inexperienced players will find it hard going. The course is on the flat side, although some of the raised greens require special care. A superb resort, not to be missed.