Anyone for golf? How about a par 7 alpine course?

Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club has quite a history. It was founded in 1903 and behind its heavy wooden door it boasts one of the most precious collections of golf publications in the world. The works include famous, leather-bound tomes with gold lettering, such as, ‘The Art of Golf’ by Sir W.G. Simpson (1887);  ‘The Rules of Golf’ by Norman Lockyer (1896); ‘How to Play Golf’ by Henry Vardon (1912) and ‘Murder on the Links’ by Agatha Christie (1923). Of the over 1,200 titles, 180 are catalogued by hand. The volumes are kept in huge, glass-encased shelves, testament to the Englishman Mr. Wyatt, who together with a group of fellow golfers, inaugurated the club on January 10th 1907 at the Grand Hotel Victoria, Menaggio.

The club motto is ‘Far and Sure’ and is an indication of the challenges presented by the course to a golfers’ distance and accuracy. The terrain is wild, yet beautiful on the hillside just above Menaggio town, and the course was redesigned in 1965 by John Harris who had been commissioned by the then club president Antonio Roncoroni. The British influence is clear on the course with its tricky hazards, while the astounding beauty of the region makes a dramatic impact with its views of the Central Lake and the Alps.

Menaggio & Cadenabbia Golf Club is typically alpine with 18 holes spanning its natural terrain; some fairways are rather narrow and some holes are steep. The greens are not always as smooth as one would like. That is if your short game is less well developed. The course is 5,476 metres but buggies are available for hire.

If you fancy a round of golf at this stunning club check for details on their website where you will also find some beautiful images, including some of George Clooney. Over 100 years of history await you – call +39 0344 32103 to book a tee time. Enjoy!

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