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Golfing La Dolca Vita – Exploring some of Italy’s finest golf courses – Part Two

Continuing our look at some of Italy’s finest golf clubs and courses, this second part of two articles examines four more of the country’s finest establishments, all of which have met with Gorilla Golf Guru Tommy Priest’s seal of approval on his trip around the country recently.

In the first article we examined three superb clubs in the north of the country near to Turin, Golf Club Margara, Golf Club Feudo Di Asti and Golf Club I Girasoli as well as the elegant Relais Sant’Uffizio hotel, which not only offers 4* service and accommodation, but is a leading golf package tour organiser in the region.

In this article, we’ll examine the final four courses that Tommy had the privilege to play on his jaunt around the country, starting with the beautiful course at Golf Club La Margherita.



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Golfing La Dolca Vita – Exploring some of Italy’s finest golf courses – Part One

Home of the Molinari Twins, Constantino Rocca and Matteo Manassero, Italy may not be your first thought when it comes to European golfing hotspots, but as those names suggest, it is a country with a fine golfing pedigree and heritage.


This extends beyond producing some of the most talented European players of the last 20 years as the country also boasts some outstanding golfing opportunities for those willing to visit “the boot”.



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How to enjoy a round of golf safely in hot and sunny conditions

You may be looking at the title of this article and thinking that the answer is self-evident; who would not enjoy 18-holes of fabulous golf in glorious weather? That is certainly very true, but to enjoy the game, you do need to factor in the effect of the weather.


Usually in golf, this means making adjustments to our shots for damper conditions on the fairway, or windy conditions in the air above. However, it is just as important to ensure you are prepared for hot and sunny conditions out on a course as without the right preparation, a day’s pleasant golfing in the hot sun can quickly turn into a real test of will and occasionally, even be life threatening.


This is especially the case if you are from climates where warm sunshine is notable by its rarity and where people are less prepared for the effects of hot weather when out in direct sunshine for 4-5 hours.


So, enjoy your golf responsibly in the sun by taking the following tips:




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Teeing off the beaten track in Europe: Estonia’s developing golf market

If you are a European based golfer then you tend to know which countries have a long-standing culture around the game of golf. The UK and Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany are all known to have a firmly established golf scene and indeed, many golfers take trips to these countries each year to sample their excellent courses.


Yet across Europe, golf is growing in popularity. In countries like Turkey and the Czech Republic, the game is undergoing a surge in popularity yet it is not just in terms of amateur players wanting to play that is driving up increasing numbers of golf courses. Many countries have realised that they can take advantage of their natural surroundings to give European golfers something different and that is certainly the case in Estonia.




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The Golf Coast – England’s best-kept golfing secret

When people visit the UK for a golf trip, they often head to the majestic old links courses in Scotland such as the Old Course (if you can get on it), Carnoustie, Muirfield, Troon and Gleneagles. The names trip off the tongue as easily as the greatest names in golf.

Yet there is another part of the UK that is often overlooked when it comes to golf, which is a pity as it not only offers golfers three Open Championship rota courses with Royal patronage, but a host of other top quality golf courses that are a true test of all golfing ability and to suit all budgets.

Welcome to the UK’s Golf Coast! Home to three of the top 20 and seven of the top 36 courses in the whole of the UK and Ireland!



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With varied topography and picturesque landscapes, France is a golfer’s paradise. Currently, there are more than 500 golf club courses serving more than 360,000 affiliated members.

If you’re searching for a great golfing spot in France where you want your luxurious needs met, Hôtel du Golf Barrière in Deauville has it all for you. It has two prestigious courses – one at the hotel and another near the area (9 and 18 holes respectively).


Golf in France

A few minutes away (15km) from Deauville, there two more exceptional courses in the Normandy countryside. But apart from offering guests a great green to tee, the hotel also features 178 rooms including eight junior suites. Rooms located in the left wing of the building have an overlooking sight of the golf course while the right wing guests can expect a view of the surrounding countryside.

This year, the hotel was chosen by the France Poker Series (FPS) as the hotel accommodation of the event’s full package winner. He or she will stay at Hotel du Golf Barriere for 7 days 6 nights with one chosen guest from January 29-February 4.

Apart from the accommodation, the FPS full package also includes €1,100 buy-in to the FPS Main Event and €200 for travel expenses. Take note that the travel arrangements are excluded from the package.


Golfing in France


Once you reach the hotel, practice your card skills by playing poker on partypoker français. Take advantage of the reliable wireless connection at Hôtel du Golf Barrière. You can stay in the comfort of your hotel room or while taking your morning/afternoon sunbathing time. The FPS Final event will take place from January 30, 2013 to February 3, 2013 in Casino Barrière de Deauville. Professional poker players who confirmed their attendance for the said event will be Bertrand Grospellier and Julien Brecard, who are both former FPS winners.

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Start the Season with a Mini Tour of Europe - 5 Courses in 7 Days

What better way to begin 2013 than with a mini golf tour of Europe? We understand that a golf tour can be taxing, so we’ve kept the itinerary down to just 7 days and 5 golf courses. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ll shun variety – you’ll play in three different countries, visit some of Europe’s finest cities, and play in Europe’s best golf courses:


1. Golf Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland

Start your golf tour in one of Switzerland’s finest golf courses in the beautiful city of Geneva. The forty year old 18-hole course was designed by Robert Trent Jones and overlooks the stunning Lake Geneva. Its tree lined fairways and greens have captivated many, making it one of Europe’s best courses. That it’s located just half an hour from the airport.



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