Golf Club Colline del Gavi
Opened originally as the Golf Club Riasco, the Colline del Gavi changed the name it had had for several years, in order to better collocate its geographic position. In fact, it is located amongst the vineyards of a hilly region wedged between Liguria and Piedmont and known precisely for the Gavi wine also referred to as Cortese, a white produced here in the province of Alessandria. The 18 holes, inaugurated in 1998, extend over 110 hectares, utilizing the morphology of the terrain including woods, hills, streams and ponds, which affect no less than nine holes. The course was designed with the goal of entertaining yet all the while challenging player's skills: natural obstacles such as trees and bodies of water make each hole different, constantly stimulating the need for new strategies. Add to that the differences in levels of the course which demand strong physical resistance.
In addition to the championship course, there is a 9-hole executive course with Hole 1, the most famous, which is proudly considered by members as "probably the most difficult par 3 in Italy". The other holes also require a high level of experience, being very narrow and insidious due to the bunkers defending the green.
Equally delightful is a stop at the end of the match in Cascina Spinola, a renovated historic farmhouse housing a charming and cozy restaurant just meters from the modern clubhouse.
The Golf Club Margara in the heart of the Monferrato area has been a continuously evolving club for over forty years. It originated out of the golfing passion of its owner, Glauco Lolli Ghetti, who purchased the Margara farmstead at the end of the 1960s, which later became the lovely clubhouse, and built a driving range and two holes, which from the start were clearly not enough. This led, not unexpectedly, to the 1974 ribbon cutting ceremony of the first 18 holes, or rather the Red course, renamed the Lolli Ghetti course after the Cavaliere's death in 2006.
The guestrooms (just renovated), the residences, the pool, the first 9 holes of the Yellow course (also known as La Guazzetta) and in the 2000s, the next 9 holes were completed, a dream come true for the founder, which put the Margara courses at the top of the Italian golfing-tourism panorama.
In all, 36 top-level holes, all different, where you will need to bring your complete repertoire of shots in your golf bag to help you. The Lolli Ghetti course, surrounded by now imposing trees, has wide fairways which stretch over the gently rolling hills of the Monferrato. The more modern La Guazzetta alternates sweeping holes and more delicate ones with significant water hazards.
Hole 8, a par 4 of 394 meters, is the most difficult one on the Red course. You will have to muster all the strength and precision you possess. Because it is a real climb uphill and without an extremely long drive, you won't be seeing the green on the second shot. So, may the force be with you, and if it isn't, switch on the radar in your hands and cover that distance to the green with an iron (or wood). But if you overdo it....it's curtains! Making up for your error won't be easy.
From the very first moment, Villa Carolina Golf Club will fascinate you, as soon as you leave the provincial road connecting Novi Ligure to Ovada and take the avenue, lined by centuries-old chestnuts, that leads to the clubhouse. The clubhouse, an eighteenth century villa, carefully restored according to listed buildings rules, offers a range of facilities in the heart of a big park: both belonged to a noble family of Genoa and in 1992 were acquired by a group of 5 founding partners. Nowadays in the estate there are two 18 holes golf courses, tennis courts, a swimming pool and several dwellings, some made from the renovation of ancient farmhouses. The historical imprint, but also the familiar atmosphere defines the charm of a club where you really feel at home. The "La Marchesa" course was the first created and alternates an American style - long fairways, light undulating grounds, large greens - with more delicate holes as the 10th, 11th and 12th, that leave little margin for error. The "Paradiso" course, with its back 9 holes completed in 2014, is much more hilly, with more important height drops and rather insidious greens. The most beautiful spots are to be found on the 7th hole's tee of "La Marchesa", a 305m par 4, from which, with a little luck, you will see many ducks and herons in the nearby stream; the 11th hole, a 402 m par 4, stunning in its natural beauty, is running through the woods without any intervention on the ground; after the second shot, getting closer to the green, in some seasons you can see deer grazing the grasses. The most refined dining, (and the best value for money) is undoubtedly here: chef Carlo Parisio prepares unmissable dishes as his Gnocchi with Grana cheese cream or the Turkey stuffed with water chestnuts.