Arriving at Bogogno on a day with a clear blue sky is an experience that is impossible to forget: the Monte Rosa massif stands majestically on the horizon and its presence accompanies a panorama that may be enjoyed from the clubhouse and for the most part of the two 18-hole courses, the Bonora and the Conte. It is indeed the third Italian golf club (and second in Piedmont) in the order of seniority to boast 36 holes, opened in 1996 and completed in its current version in 2000. Conceived to become a holiday home for Milan and Turin natives - the two regional capitals are equidistant, less than a hour by car - it is surrounded by elegant but never garish or indiscreet homes; a hotel was recently built facing hole no. 9 of the Conte course which is very convenient.
The American golf project architect, Robert von Hagge, created two courses whose difficulty changes significantly according to whether the champion tees or the standards tees are used. The Conte course, generally used for more important tournaments, is flat with water hazards that affect 13 holes mainly in the form of ponds. On the Bonora course, water is present on almost all the holes, and is more physically demanding because it is more undulating.
Centrally located with regard to the two courses, the clubhouse, as were most of the residences, was designed by the French architect François Spoerry in a sober, country style with large picture windows and comfortable areas, true meeting places very much enjoyed by members.
Born three times: indeed the history of this beautiful golf club, which in its modern version includes three 9 holes courses, actually begins in 1898, thanks to the intervention of Count Gaspar Voli, who was the promoter of the Couturbier Golf Course. In the 1920s, since the change of ownership of the huge estate where it was located, even the name was changed, into "Golf of Conturbia". Later, in the Sixties, it was completely neglected and, finally, was reborn in 1984, this time with the present name of Castelconturbia" (Castle of Conturbia) and the new course created by a genius of golf design such as Robert Trent Jones senior, who has attained a masterpiece, where two Italian Opens took place - in 1991 and 1998. Of the original course and of the old clubhouse few traces remain between the 4th and 5th holes of the Yellow course, whereas completely unchanged is the background landscape, with the 110 hectares of the estate and all the grandeur of Monte Rosa. The clubhouse is the ancient farmstead of the Bindellina, completely restored with features and interiors of architect Vico Magistretti, in a really stunning location: sitting under the portico for a drink, you'll enjoy a breathtaking sight, with the lawn sloping down towards the fairways, the thick forest and the lake: a true delight. Three medium to long golf courses, with many traps around the greens, which are uneven, fast and large. A peculiarity of the Yellow Course is to have greens well guarded by water - the best example being the 7th hole, a par 4 downhill dogleg, with an island green. In the Azzurro (Light-blue) Course, which leads entirely through the woods, the natural hazards predominate; the 3rd hole, par 4, is a narrow dogleg to the right, hard to cut due to the bunkers and the big chestnuts on the right, which affect the tee shot. The Red Course is the longest, with continuous ups and downs between tee and green; here the water gets into play only on the 8th and 9th holes.