Golf in Italy: Eight of the best golf courses in Emilia-Romagna – Sports Tourism Media

With over 20 courses, the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy is an ideal destination for beginners and professional golfers. It also offers a rich cultural backdrop to enjoy between rounds, meaning golfers can combine a spa vacation, food and wine, and art on their trip. Here we take a look at eight of the best golf courses in Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

Adriatic Golf Club Cervia, Ravenna

This charming 27-hole golf club (pictured top) is set amongst pine forests and salt lakes, a setting of natural beauty just a short distance from the sea. Enjoy water hazards and a innovative design that guarantees the pleasure of golfers of all levels. Previously, the Italian PGA Championships have been held there on several occasions, the last one being in 2019. The course is open all year round and includes superb facilities such as a golf school, instructors, golf carts and three executive holes – all on-site. Nearby you’ll find a variety of must-see sights, such as the tomb of Italian poet Dante Aligheri; and the Saline Nature Reserve and Cervia Spa.

Golf of Rimini-Verucchio, Rimini

The course, designed by American architect Brian M. Silva, spans the verdant expanse of the verdant Valmarecchia Park. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the medieval towns of Verucchio, Torriana and San Leo, this route offers the perfect escape into the peaceful historic nature of Emilia-Romagna. The club offers varied terrain, with bunkers and small lakes to satisfy all golf enthusiasts. Open 365 days a year, the club offers a practice of 100 positions including 25 covered, directional greens, putting greens… Golfers can continue to discover local history at the museum and archaeological excavations of Verucchio and in the charming town of Santarcangelo.

Argenta Golf Club, Ferrara

The picturesque Argenta course has 18 holes and is located between Ferrara and Ravenna, just 40 minutes from the sea and one hour from Bologna. The route is surrounded by the Po Delta Regional Park and close to the Valle Santa Nature Reserve, meeting the demands of sports, culture and gastronomy lovers. The course itself offers a technical track with water hazards, low dunes and elevated tees. Enjoy sightseeing excursions such as the Po Delta and Comacchio, nicknamed “little Venice” due to its dense network of canals.

Golf Club Le Fonti in Bologna

Golf Club Le Fonti, Bologna

Set in the fascinating hills of the Sillaro Valley, the golf course has an abundance of health and spa facilities where physical and mental well-being can be combined with the game of golf. Ideal for professionals and beginners alike, the Golf Club Le Fonti has 18 holes with an extremely varied course offering a perfect balance. There are 25 outdoor training grounds and five indoor stations to choose from. Visitors should also be sure to visit the spa town of Castel San Pietro and feast on local dishes at FICO Eataly World, the largest food theme park in the world.

San Valentino Golf Club, Reggio Emilia

Located 300 meters above sea level, in a valley of San Valentino, the golf club of the course enjoys a natural landscape and large woods. The 18-hole championship course is one of the most technical in Italy with extremely hilly terrain and a slight difference in height between the holes. The fast greens are protected by bunkers and the fairway design offers golfers different levels of difficulty. Between holes 9 and 18, golfers will find the well-equipped clubhouse which welcomes players and their guests in an elegant and comfortable setting. This course is perfect for those wishing to explore the cities of Reggio Emilia and Modena.

Modena Golf and Country Club, Modena |  golf course in Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Modena Golf and Country Club in Modena

Modena Golf and Country Club, Modena

Spread over 2.4 acres, this course is wide and green with winding fairways and large bunkers. The extra-large water hazards provide an appropriate level of challenge for competitions such as the Italian Open, which celebrated its 50th edition there. Visitors can also find a driving range and two tennis courts, as well as a gourmet restaurant, located in the clubhouse, where fine local dishes can be tasted. After a round of golf, visitors are also encouraged to take a trip to the Ferrari Formula 1 Museum in Maranello, where one can immerse themselves in Ferrari’s rich history. In Modena, visit the Duomo and its famous “Ghirlandina” bell tower as well as the Salse di Nirano regional park. You can also discover some of the exceptional gourmet restaurants, which have made the province of Modena one of the best culinary destinations in the world.

Golf Club Castell’Arquato, Piacenza

The club sits at a point where the lush valleys around Piacenza meet the rolling hills of Parma. Set in 158 hectares of countryside at around 220 meters above sea level, it is close to the magnificent medieval market town of Castell’Arquato and a few kilometers from Piacenza. The golf club also has a range of facilities, including massage rooms, a practice course with two stations, and caters to multiple accessibility needs. Guests can continue their day after their match is over by joining a selection of wine tours in the area, or take advantage of the liberty-style thermal spas in the town of Salsomaggiore to soak in the warm mineral-rich waters.

Golf Del Ducato, Parma |  golf course in Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Golf Del Ducato in Parma

Golf Del Ducato, Parma

Gold Del Ducato’s La Rocca course stands in the heart of the “Food Valley”, where golf and gastronomy mingle harmoniously. Just ten minutes from Parma, it stands amidst oak woods, small lakes and gentle hills. Unforgettable views are combined with an extraordinary 18-hole park and acacia trees. The club offers visitors a practice green, pitching green, gold academy and nine-hole pitch and putt. Golf Del Ducato offers the opportunity to feast on local specialties, in particular the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Parma ham.

Top image: Adriatic Golf Club Cervia in Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Michael C. Ford