Area: Lake Garda
Par: Brut: 36 - Saten: 36 - Rosé: 34
Teebox in metres:
Men: Brut (2,940) + Satin (2,723) + Rosé (2,592)
Ladies: Brut (2,607) + Satin (2,398) + Rosé (2,194)
Teebox in yards:
Men: Brut (3,215) + Satin (2,977) + Rosé (2,834)
Ladies: Brut (2,851) + Satin (2,622) + Rosé (2,399)
Designed by: Pete Dye - Marco Croze
Opened in: 1986
Electric trolley: Yes
Closing Day: Tuesday
Bergamo BGY - Brescia VBS
Related Golf Packages: (golfinitaly.org)
This course was planned by Pete Dye and Marco Croze, two veritable authorities of international golf who once again created twenty-seven specially designed holes. In the heart of the best champagne-producing area in Italy, the Franciacorta golf course covers an area of almost 150 acres, reclaimed from land which was at one time tended as vineyards, but then fell into disuse. Prudent landscaping recreated the old rural atmosphere of the uplands with the farmhouses set among the hillside vineyards. For golfers who love anything new, the Franciacorta golf course is the only course in Italy created on typically American lines.
There is, however, a familiar face: Peo Tadini, a former national player who was appointed green keeper to superintend the new course, calling on his considerable experience to take it to maximum competition levels.
Comment read on the Peugeot Golf Guide
The Golf of Franciacorta is situated close to Lake Iseo . This is not the most famous of the Italian "Great Lakes", but the wild scenary here is well worth seeing, as is the Monte Isola, located in the middle of the lake and offering superb views over the Alps. Along with the Domaine Impérial in Switzerland, this course is one of the rare examples in Europe of the often controversial style (but always true to the spirit of golf) of American designer Pete Dye, who here worked together with Marco Croze, one of the more prolific Italian course architects. The course is laid out on slightly hilly but never tiring terrain. The style is blatantly American, with water on almost half the holes and two island greens, so you can forget the bump and run shots. Despite this, average players can have a lot of fun, as all the difficulties are clear to see and game strategy is obvious.