The course is located on the island of Lido, just 30 minutes by water taxi from the heart of Venice- thereby providing a unique golfing experience in an iconic destination
In 1928 a nine hole course was built on the sand bars of Lido Island’s southern tip by Count Volpi di Misurati at the behest of Henry Ford
In 1951 the course was extended to 18 holes by C. K. Cotton
Circolo golf Club Venezia has hosted the Italian Open 3 times- 1955, 1960 & 1974.
It has also hosted The Italian Senior Open every year since 2004
Originally a links style course routed around the ancient Ventian fortress of San Nicolo, the trees planted in the early days of the course have matured to ensure the modern course is very much a tight tree lined parkland style course. And I do mean tight!
The course rates as a hard course for most players, but the shorter straighter hitter that can stay out of the trees can score quite well. The course is nicely contoured, and a lovely course to walk with gentle undulations throughout offering some interest and relief from what is essentially a flat course.
The green complexes vary in size, but have enough movement to retain your interest. Some are quite small targets, while others are larger, but with distinct areas of the green allowing for a variety of pin positions. Most are protected quite tightly by clusters of bunkers.
An accurate golfer should be in their element here as length is not a major issue.
And once the tee shot is caressed into a position on the fairway with a view of the green, I found a number of the greens to be quite appealing targets.
Holes of interest include:
- the par 4 first hole, with elevated tee shot over a canal to a narrow fairway which bends to the left
- the short dogleg par 4 third hole with it’s delightful green setting.
- the iconic blind par 3 ninth hole with tee shot over the old fort wall
- the par 4 fifteenth hole with elevated tee shot over the canal, and then over a pine tree positioned fairway centre to a narrow fairway, and then an approach to the green over a pine tree located fairway centre…
- the par 4 eighteenth hole where an accurate tee shot leaves a delightful short iron to a green below the main fairway and framed by bunkers and clubhouse behind.
It’s a nice way to finish a unique golfing experience.
Golf Club Venezia is certainly an interesting course, but in my opinion the course might benefit from an appraisal and possible pruning of the trees which I believe have grown beyond the original links design, and now dominate just a little too much. Nevertheless it is a fine course and a proud club. No golfer should visit Venice and not play Venezia! It really is a unique golfing experience..
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