Gardagolf Country Club

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Gardagolf Country Club 27 Soiano del Lago (BS) Italy
Contact: Phone +39 0365 674707  - Web Site

The Gardagolf Country Club’s philosophy is to offer its Members and Guests a highly maintained technical Open championship golf course, in a breathtaking setting, and a welcoming Club House offering services par excellence. The 27-holes Championship and the large driving range permit the Club to host various rounds of the most important national and international circuits, at the same time giving those who don’t wish to play at a competitive level the opportunity to try their hand at a championship, yet fun course. The Gardagolf Country Club’s ambition is to be recognised as the keystone of one of Europe’s most important golfing centres, where the availability, professionalism and courtesy of the staff ensure that anyone is in a position to play the best possible game of golf.

HISTORY The concept of building a golf course in Valtenesi, just a few kilometres from Lake Garda, which moderates the valley’s climate, was the result of the entrepreneurial skills and foresight of Riccardo Pisa and Giorgio Simonini, who in 1984, realised the potential of combining a sports initiative and a real estate project. The concept of tourism development accompanied every step of the design and development process for the Gardagolf Country Club, together with respect for the environment. Pisa and Simonini set out to make a sports investment, believing that the game of golf was an ideal complement to a holiday characterised by class and high standard services. The first 18 holes, inaugura¬ted on June 28th 1986, were designed by Golf & Gardens and the English firm Cotton, Pennick, Steel & Partners. A new 9-hole course was then inaugurated in 1990. The Gardagolf Country Club is a golf course of Anglo-Italian design and the additional course in fact completed the structure of the original English project. The three 9-hole courses are highly attractive to players, both from a technical and landscape viewpoint.

Expert consider the Gardagolf Country Club one of the best golf courses built over the past thirty years. Spread out over 110 hetares, the golf course was designed by British architects Cotton, Pennick, Steel & Partners. The Gardagolf County Club offers 27 holes nestled between the Rocca di Manerba, Soiano Castle and the Valtenesi hills, offering an extraordinarily beautiful panorama. Cypresses, olive trees, centuries-old oaks, pines and holm oaks complete the setting. The temptation to stop and admire the scenery can be overwhelming, but make sure you don’t get too distracted, as the Gardagolf Country Club course is extremely challenging

Red course: The red course spreads gently across the hills dominated by Soiano Castle to the west, and by the town of Polpenazze to the east. It offers evocative and characteristic views and an interesting game for both the expert player and the novice; it is worth highlighting the great impact of the second hole, a par 3, which starts from an elevated position, with the green defended by a lake and bordered by large beds of flowers; it was in fact nominated “one of the 500 World's Greatest Golf Holes” by Golf Magazine.  From the tee of hole 8, the horizon as far as the eye can see offers a view of Lake Garda and the majestic backdrop of Mount Baldo; this downhill par 4 hole is characterized by a long water hazard on the right and a central valley to challenge you, while on the left, you can admire the former villa of the patrician Omodeo family, now a residential complex.

White course: The white course takes full advantage of the plain that extends from Soiano towards Manerba, and has some extremely interesting holes: the 7th, for example, an accentuated left dog-leg with a large lake that devours the balls from the tee shot of those who venture to make a hole-in-one; the uphill 9th hole on the green underneath the Clubhouse, nestled in a natural amphitheatre covered with old yet beautiful olive trees; undermining the drive of the less experienced, there is a pond characterized by a century-old chapel.

Yellow course: Surrounded by the park of Villa Omodeo, the yellow course is extremely technical, with small greens defended by deep bunkers and water hazards.The player must decide their game strategy carefully; particularly on holes like the 2nd - par 4, 330 metres - which has a treacherous front water hazard 200 metres from the tee. The 4th hole - par 4, 367 metres - forces the player to perfectly place the tee shot on the fairway sloping to the left, with a lateral water hazard to the right of the landing area. The second shot must be made towards a small, raised green that is very well defended by large bunkers.

Hotels nearby: 

At the center of Desenzano del Garda, with marvelous lake view, 
the Plaza Hotel with its strategic location (in front of the public parking is overlooking the harbour),
 offers all the comfort and tranquility for those who
 do not want to forego the benefits of the historic center (pedestrian area). All rooms are classically furnished and come with soft carpeted floors, minibar, private bathroom with shower, toiletries, hairdryer, air-conditioned , flat-screen satellite TV and FREE Wi-Fi. Breakfast is buffet style, starting at 07:30. The Plaza Hotel is less than a 5-minute walk from the promenade of the historic centre, where you can eat out or go for drinks. The area's famous water , theme parks and the cultural goals (Verona, Padova, Milano, Mantova, Venezia etc..) are also easily accessible, by car and public transport. The staff can organise lunches or dinners at country restaurants located nearby.

This intimate Relais has only seven rooms so as to offer our guest the warmest welcome and to convey intimacy, relax and this feeling of imperturbable happiness like being at home. All seven rooms are equipped with every comfort, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, mini-bar, safe and beauty, kit by Lorenzo Villoresi.

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