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Everything Under the Tuscan Sun: Tuscan Golf Tour

Mike Nolan

Golf may not be the most obvious reason to visit Tuscany, but these resorts and courses make it worth the effort to pack your clubs when traveling to the region.

Terme di Saturnia Spa & Golf Resort
Located two hours north of Rome by car, in the Maremma region of Tuscany, the 140-room resort and spa operates around the 98.6-degree therapeutic water that flows from nearby Mt. Amiata. A new golf wellness program should help players cope with the recently opened Ronald Fream–designed course adjacent to the hotel. Two restaurants, including a traditional Tuscan trattoria, offer culinary diversions. +39.0564.600111, www.termedisaturnia.it

Poggio dei Medici
The 7,139-yard course, set in the foothills of the Apennine Mountains 15 miles north of Florence, opened in 1995 and added a new clubhouse in 2004. Like much of the course, the 399-yard, par-4 17th takes advantage of the natural topography. It challenges players to carry their drives beyond the creek that bisects the fairway at 270 yards or face a long downhill approach to a green protected by three bunkers. Golfers can stay at the resort’s 16th-century Villa di Cignano hotel. +39.055.84350, www.poggiodeimedici.com

Circolo del Golf dell’Ugolino
Italy’s first golf club, Ugolino was established in 1889 by members of Florence’s British colony and then moved in 1933 to its present location, in the town of Grassina. ?Ancient olive and cypress trees line generous fairways, where long swales and the hills of Chianti lead to small greens protected by deep bunkers. ?The course has no hotel, but Florence is just 10 miles away. +39.055.2301009, www.golfugolino.it

Le Pavoniere
This Arnold Palmer–designed course, located 15 miles northwest of Florence, just outside of Prato, opened in 1986. Numerous water hazards and fairways with gentle swales that climb toward large greens surrounded by massive bunkers will remind golfers of Palmer courses worldwide. +39.0574.620855, www.golfclublepavoniere.com

L’Andana
French chef Alain Ducasse’s 33-room resort in the seaside town of Castiglione della Pescaia, in Grosseto province, was once the summer palace of Leopold II, a grand duke of ?Tuscany in the 1800s. Surrounded by gardens and rolling hills, the resort’s three-hole golf course serves as an appetizer for dinner at La Trattoria Toscana, Ducasse’s one-Michelin-star restaurant. +39.0564.944.800, www.andana.it

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