Tuscany, in central Italy, is a gourmet destination in more ways than one, renowned for its delicious cuisine and endless wineries, as well as its stunning landscapes and world-class art. The relaxed pace of life here and those landscapes also means it is ideally suited to golf resorts. Read on for some of our favorites in our guide to Tuscany’s top 3 best golf resorts.
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1. Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort
Located in Maremma, a beautiful but still-unexplored part of Southern Tuscany, you’ll find the stunning Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort. A 5-star resort with a striking metropolitan design, which is home to the on-site Argentario Golf Club and the only ‘PGA National Italy’ 18-hole golf course, as well as a huge wellness center and gourmet restaurant.
The resort lies 90 minutes away from Rome’s Fiumicino airport, is surrounded by cork-oak woods and centuries-old olive trees, and is set on sprawling greens. There are 73 guest rooms and suites, as well as a cottage; the décor is minimalist with a glamorous feel, and all rooms have heavenly terraces with incredible views of the golf course. Suites are worth the upgrade; they add sitting areas, and some also include whirlpool tubs. Plus, the décor in the Suites is divine and totally Instagram-worthy!
The aesthetically pleasing golf course is designed by former European Tour player Baldovino Dassù and architect David Mezzacane and features 18 panoramic holes for a total of 6,218 meters and par 71.
When you’re not golfing, you can relax in the outdoor pools or book a treatment at the vast 2,700m² Espace Wellness Center, which includes a hi-tech fitness center and heated indoor swimming pool if you’re feeling active. There are also three tennis courts, a football field, and jogging trails. The hotel embraces its location at mealtimes; its gourmet restaurant, Dama Dama, serves delectable, wholesome Tuscan cuisine using fresh produce grown on-site or on local farms.
2. Toscana Resort Castelfalfi
Toscana Resort Castelfalfi is located just over an hour’s drive southwest of Florence. It features a 5-star hotel that opened in March 2017 and serves to combine its golf course with a spa retreat, something for everyone.
There are 27 holes at the Castelfalfi golf club; the mountain course is close to 7,000 yards and is laid out among mature woodland, and the lake course has nine holes but is 3,500 yards and set in a stunning picturesque location.
There are 120 rooms and 11 suites; the Deluxe and Executive rooms are suitable for discerning travelers, and the Suites add living areas. There is a restaurant within the hotel, the stylish La Via del Sale, as well as two bars and two other restaurants in the resort. La Spa offers 1000 m² of relaxation space and includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools with whirlpool features, a sauna, a bio sauna, a steam bath, and emotional showers. There’s also a 4-star boutique hotel within the same resort.
3. Poggio dei Medici Golf & Resort
Poggio dei Medici Golf and Resort is an upscale 4-star luxury hotel and golf resort set in Mugello Valley and lies only a few kilometers from Florence. Its 18-hole, 332-meter golf course boasts lush fairways and well-paced greens surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. And when you can tear yourself away from the golf, there’s an outdoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, gym, and a wellness center where you can have a massage or beauty treatment.
The elegant restaurant, with its beautiful terrace that overlooks the golf course, serves Tuscan specialties, and the Club House Bar, which also acts as a café, is the perfect place for golfers to meet and discuss their latest round. The 70 rooms and suites are set in a restored old farmhouse, are furnished in typical Tuscan style, and feature balconies or patios. Upgraded rooms add golf course views, and suites have separate living rooms.
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