Travel: Our 'Ryde' around Europe!

Magnificent Seven hot spots for travelling golfers

Matt Banks
Thu, 30 Sep 2010

The players from Team Europe come from a range of backgrounds and each represents a country steeped in golf travel. In this special article we identify some of the best golf course destinations the seven nations represent.

No.1 Italy

For years Costantino Rocca carried the hopes of Italian golf on his ample shoulders, winning numerous European Tour events, playing on a winning Ryder Cup team and only losing in a play-off for the 1996 Open championship.

Today, the nation best known for producing footballers and cyclists, has a wealth of golfing talent with the two Molinari brothers - Edoardo and Francesco - making history as the first brothers to compete in the Ryder Cup. 

The pair have spearheaded Italian golf since Edoardo won the US Amateur title in 2005, Franceso won the Italian Open in 2006 and together they won the 2009 World Cup. Their performances have inspired the likes of promising teenager, Matteo Manassero – last year's winner of The Amateur Championship.

Close behind are stellar young golfers including the Challenge Tour’s Federico Columbo and Lorenzo Gagli – both on the cusp of promotion to the main tour for 2011  - and Andrea Perrino, runaway winner of last season's Alps Tour.
Both brothers are still attached to Circolo Golf Torino - the course they grew up playing as youngsters, designed by John Morrison. It's a charming 18 holes where its quality is testament to the fine young golfers it has helped produce. It has hosted several prestigious tournaments, including the Italian Open, and the European Men’s and Women’s Team Championships.

It's not long but favours accuracy over length and it's clear how the Molinaris have developed such efficient long games. Amenities include a swimming pool, restaurant, driving range, pitch & putt and golf shop.

Set in the beautiful and cosmopolitan city of Turin, with its art galleries, restaurants, gardens, theatres and museums making it a perfect location for groups, families and couples. You might also secure a ticket for an Italian League home match for Juventus or FC Torino.

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