The description of the 18 holes of Gardagolf Country Club, venue of the 75th Italian Open, is by Matteo Manassero and underlines the pitfalls that the players will have to face during the tournament.
THE WHITE COURSE
The White course takes full advantage of the plain that extends from Soiano towards Manerba, and has some extremely interesting holes: the 7th, for example, an accentuated left dog-leg with a large lake that devours the tee shots of those who venture to make a hole-in-one; the uphill 9th hole on the green underneath the clubhouse, nestled in a natural amphitheatre covered with old yet beautiful olive trees; undermining the drive of the less experienced, there is a pond characterized by a century-old chapel.
THE RED COURSE
The Red course spreads gently across the hills dominated by Soiano Castle to the West, and by the town of Polpenazze to the East. It offers evocative and characteristic views and an interesting game for both the expert player and the novice; it is worth highlighting the great impact of the hole n. 12 (normally n. 2), a par 3, which starts from an elevated position, with the green defended by a lake and bordered by large beds of flowers; it was in fact nominated “one of the 500 World’s Greatest Golf Holes” by Golf Magazine. From the tee of hole 18 (normally n. 8), the horizon as far as the eye can see offers a view of Lake Garda and the majestic backdrop of Mount Baldo; this downhill par 4 hole is characterized by a long water hazard on the right and a central valley to challenge you, while on the left, you can admire the former villa of the patrician Omodeo family, now a residential complex.