With fabulous food, fascinating culture, friendly locals and fantastic attractions, Italy has it all. That’s what makes it one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations.
Even golf lovers are in their element, with a myriad of world class courses peppered across the country, blogs Chiara Tenuzzo. And here are some of the best tee-offs the Puglia region has to offer.
Set just over 7km inland from the beautiful Adriatic Sea, this coveted Mediterranean golf course is just minutes away from the pristine beaches at San Cataldo Marina di Lecce. The 18-hole course was designed by famous American architect Michael Hurdzan and has a par of 71. Lakes and streams wind through the course while the wind factor adds a challenging element for avid golf enthusiasts. This Puglian golf course – which is part of the Hilton DoubleTree resort – is a picturesque spot for golfing, and the rest of the family will love staying nearby.
This 18-hole championship club is renowned as one of the Mediterranean’s finest golf courses. It sits on the shores of the crystalline Adriatic Sea and is currently home to the PGA European Challenge Tour Grand Final. Enjoy lush green grounds, incredible ocean views and architecture dreamt up by the experts at European Golf Design.
Barialto Golf Club
Barialto Golf Course is in a highly coveted location, close to the beautiful city of Bari. The natural surroundings of the course are so beautiful that you may get distracted when aiming for those bogies! With a huge lily covered lake, an ancient olive grove and an abundance of umbrella pines and palm trees, this 18-hole course is a real treat for the eyes.
Riva dei Tessali Resort
Fancy teeing off on one of the oldest and largest golf courses in Southern Italy? This resort features 170 hectares of golf course, separated by a white sandy beach and a traditional clubhouse. Take in stunning views of the Ionian coast from Taranto, where the Riva dei Tessali Hotel and Golf Resort is located.
Puglia is home to some of the world’s most coveted golf courses and a luxury private villa is the perfect place for families to base themselves while holidaying in the region.