For years Apulia (and most of Southern Italy) was undiscovered territory in the world of golf travel and tourism. That is until five excellent courses were opened, including San Domenico, a classic links-style course designed by European Golf Design. Sandwiched between olive groves and the Adriatic, it often hosts prestigious golf competitions.
Further south we find the recently reopened Acaya Golf, designed by David Mezzacane, and with a brand new Double Trees Golf Resort on site. The warm climate of Apulia means courses here can be played year-round.
Below is a map from Il Mondo Golf Magazine showing Apulia’s finest courses:
AIRPORTS: Bari | Brindisi
BEST GOLF COURSES:
San Domenico Golf Club
Host of the Challange Tour's annual Grand Final, San Domenico's 6,986-yard course is best described as a parkland links, in that it's right by the sea yet offers a flat layout, where a smattering of lakes, large bunkers, several tiers of tangly rough and an inshore breeze are the main defences against par.
Acaya Golf & Country Club
Home to a Costantino Rocca Academy, is perhaps the region's most forgiving layout for holidays golfers, with open fairways and receptive greens. As with San Domenico, the heavy rought can be as stern a test as the bunkers.
Riva dei Tessali
For those who hit a straght ball, the gun-barrel fairways of Riva dei Tessali, in a secluded setting beside the Adriatic, will suit the game perfectly.
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