Golfing holidays have been popular for a long time now, but if you are looking for something a little different than the average “golf by the sea” trip, you should really take a look at Castelfalfi. Castelfalfi is 110 hectares of the beautiful Tuscan countryside that features an 800-year-old village within its borders. The area had become something of a ghost town, as most of the residents left it and moved on in the 60s. Since then and in the last decade or so there has been a great and inspirational renovation project to bring the area back to its former glory.
As well as being the perfect way to get a truly authentic experience of what Tuscan life is like; a stay at Castelfalfi will also give you the golfing holiday of your dreams. As the area has a very balanced climate, it is ideal for golfers as you can play comfortably at almost any time of the year. The courses within the estate have been built with the principles of sustainability firmly in mind, making it not only one of the most breath-taking places to play golf thanks to the views and landscape but one of the most challenging places to play golf thanks to the way the courses have been devised.
There are a total of 27 holes across 2 courses and while expert golfers will find many challenges, beginners will also be able to hone their skills. In addition to the 2 stunning courses, there is also a driving range where you can practice getting your swing just right, covered areas where golf clinics are often held, and a small clubhouse with a terrace and a bar for when you need some refreshments after a game or 2.
Both The Mountain Course and The Lake Course have been designed so that whether you want to play an 18-hole game or a 9-hole game, you always start and finish at the clubhouse, meaning you can walk off the courses and into the bar for some refreshments. The courses themselves have been designed by award-winning and renowned golf course designers Wilfried Moroder and Rainer Preissmann.
The Mountain Course
The 18-hole Mountain Course has been open for play since August 2010 and in a short time, the 6.531 m course has become well known for the challenging game it offers players and the stunning views. Beginners and experts are welcome on the course, which has a Par 72. The course has been designed to naturally fit within the topography of the land in the estate and this provides natural obstacles and water hazards that you need to maneuver around.
This also means that each fairway for each hole has a very unique look and feel. The 9th hole of The Mountain Course is one of the course’s highlights and is a particularly challenging par 3 that is set in a very green and scenic area of the course.
The Lake Course
The 9-hole Lake Course has been open for play since November 2011, so is a little newer than its mountain counterpart. This particular course has been specifically designed with players of all levels of experience and handicaps in mind.
As you can see from the above, Castelfalfi offers golfers of any level and handicap a truly memorable and unique experience.