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Spirit of the game

Regardless of whether its origins are Scottish or Dutch, the fact remains that in Italy today, golf is an increasingly popular sport and a growing reality. People in our country have loved golf for over one hundred years now, and since 1925 Golf Club Villa d’Este has been a place dear to golf enthusiasts. Originating as a private club linked to one of the world’s most famous hotels, the golf course is still today one of a kind for its beauty, charm, and tradition.

Presided by Walter Ragazzi, Golf Club Villa d’Este boasts excellent facilities and a calendar of sporting events for the current year worthy of one of the largest and best international clubs, easily accessible on a website that is constantly updated.

The club’s flagship is found in its history: golf 57 editions of Italy’s International Championships that amateurs have played here, or perhaps 12 Italy Opens, 3 Omnium, and 14 editions of Senior Championships. It is a history of excellence that continues even today with the same boldness, class, and elegance. For example, in September there are many programmed events: among them India Golf Cup 2°17, the Lombard Individual Championship finals, and the Lombard Individual Regional Championship scheduled for Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1.

On the calendar for October is the Emilio Cramer Cup, reserved for players with a handicap lower than 16. Also programmed for October are the Social Championship finals, a championship with 6 Medal rounds for the 1st and 2nd category, and 6 Stableford rounds for the 3rd, with a Match Play final.

Next to the course at Golf Club Villa d’Este, there are also an elegant shop, bar, restaurant, elegant lodges, and the prestigious Green Golf Academy. The academy was founded to meet every player’s specific needs, with ad hoc programs and a driving range with over 20 tees, including indoor tees using the latest generation software for swing analysis. Like in 2013, thanks to a special partnership with Golf Club Milano, members of the respective clubs can enjoy privileges in both structures. The early 20th century American sportswriter Grantland Rice said: “Eighteen holes of match or medal play will teach you more about your foe than will 18 years of dealing with him across a desk”, and hasn’t he got a point?

Author: Demetrio Baffa Trasci Amalfitani di Crucoli

golfvilladeste.com

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