Nick Riggs

Golf under a Venetian sun - Al Fresco Holidays

When it comes to holiday golf, British players have flocked to Spain, Portugal and latterly France for the finest European golf with no weather worries. But with the resurgence of Italian golf in the form of the maestros Molinari and the prodigious Matteo Manassero, it’s time to take a new look at golf italiano.

Consider the various challenges of Golf Pra delle Torri and you can see why the Italians are flocking to its manicured fairways. Which other holiday golf course can offer you a links-style loop on the front nine and an island green reminiscent of the famous 17th at Sawgrass on the back?

When Golf Pra delle Torri opened its new 9 holes in 2007, it brought the challenging 5th into play, flanked by the dunes of the Adriatic and requiring a controlled punch under the wind to hold the green: apart from the temperature, you might think you’re in Scotland! And when you’ve reach the 14th, a card wrecker extraordinaire, you’re required to carry it 200 yards with no bail out short onto a true island green – comiserate with yourself by realising that the pros at the TPC in Florida only have to hit it half as far! My favourite hole is still the 11th however which now plays as a par 5 though only 430m; position from the tee is paramount if you’re going to have a site at the green through the narrow corridor between the towering trees; attempt the impossible and the lake will happily gobble up any sub standard ”Seve” shot.

Golf of this quality would easily set you back 100 euros a round in Spain and Portugal; so perhaps the most pleasant surprise at Pra delle Torri is the price: guests with Thomson Al Fresco at this prestigious holiday centre get an amazing 40% discount on the public green fee of  (max) 60 euro and for the enthusiast, an amazing weekly green fee for 220 euro for 7 rounds during your stay. Bravo all round, I’d say.

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