The closest golf courses to Lake Como are the Circolo Golf Villa D’Este at the southern end of the western branch and the Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club, in the mid-lake area. Both are 6,000 yards + with some steep slopes and narrow fairways, making a certain level of accuracy a pre-requisite for achieving the respective 70 and 69 par scores.
The Villa D’Este Golf Club was built in 1926, to a Peter Gannon design. As you might expect from a club developed by the owners of the five star hotel Villa D’Este, its ‘gold book’ contains the signatures of royalty and aristocrats.
The Menaggio and Cadenabbia Club is of particular interest to British visitors. Founded in 1907 by four English gentlemen meeting at the Victoria Hotel, it has a club house described on its own website as ‘like taking a leap into the past, into a corner of England as it was a century ago’. What that seems to mean in practice is a worn wooden floor, old prints, leather sofas, a seafood restaurant, a library of valuable old golfing books and a baronial fireplace ‘to warm you up on autumn days’.
The course gets very busy at weekends, so it’s better to play during the week if possible. You may just find yourself sharing the fairway with newish member G.Clooney and his playing companions, B.Pitt and M.Damon.
Golfbreaks organises real treats in the form of four day breaks with two rounds of golf at a choice of four courses. Accommodation is provided at the five star Grand Hotel Tremezzo – a blend of old world luxury and state of the art spa facilities.
A golf break at Lake Como combines lavish accommodation with rounds of golf at historic Clubs set in beautiful scenery. This is unashamed luxury.