I’m partial to a round or two of golf every now and again, but it’s finding the time to play that can sometimes be a problem. Life can soon take over during my weekends, and before I know it it’s been a while since I took to the greens.
So, I’ve decided to go on a golfing break so I can spend my entire holiday trying to get a hole in one and soaking up the sun while I stroll across a well-manicured course. One destination that popped up during my search is Pisa. While I best know the Italian city for its leaning tower, churches and mouth-watering cuisine, it turns out it’s a golfer’s paradise.
Below are some of the best courses I’ve come across so far when looking for my perfect break.
Fontevivo Golf Club
Of course, the city centre is not packed with courses, and you will have to drive a little out to play on the best greens. If you book car hire in Pisa, this means you can easily transport your clubs and other equipment from place to place, rather than having to drag it on to public transport.
Fontevivo Golf Club is around a 45-minute drive from the centre of Pisa, but once you see the stunning views you can enjoy as you play your round, you will agree it is worth the effort. The club is atop a hill that looks over the Arno Valley. You can also combine sightseeing with a trip to the course, as you’re not far from San Miniato. The town is full of history and art and can be found on the road that connects Pisa to Florence.
Make sure you keep your eye out for the magnolia and pine trees, which certainly make navigate your ball to the hole that little bit trickier!
Cosmopolitan Golf and Country Club
The Cosmopolitan Golf and Country Club also came up in my search for golfing holidays and is beautifully located on the coastline in the district of Tirrenia. In fact, it’s just 500 m from the ocean, so as you play a relaxing round you can breathe in the fresh sea air and listen to the waves lapping against the shore.
Part of the course includes stretches of sand, and if you believe you’re something of a pro, this is the place to go for a challenging round. As well as having to tee off in the sand, you’ll also have to navigate water and sea breezes.
Golf Club Tirrenia
Also in the same district is Golf Club Tirrenia, which is only around a 30-minute drive from Pisa. Not that driving to the golf courses of the province can ever be a chore, and the journey from the city centre is an attraction in itself as a result of the stunning scenery.
I think this course looks really pretty, especially as it winds its way through an old pine forest in the natural park of San Rossore. The trees help to shelter the course from sea breezes, so you might find this a little easier to tackle than the Cosmopolitan one. It’s a fairly old course, but still manages to attract golf enthusiasts time and time again.
If you’ve played golf in Pisa before, which is your favourite course, and why?