Yet another important tournament for Italy, home of the Ryder Cup 2022. After a six year absence the European PGA Seniors Tour has selected Udine Golf Club in Friuli-Venezia-Giulia for its prestigious Italian Open Seniors Championship.
The event will start on the 20th October with a Pro-Am and the inauguration of the Villaverde Golf Academy and Villaverde Institute of Performance (VIP) with extensive new practice facilities and short game areas as well as the latest high tech ultimate generation academy by Dellanzo Design.
On Friday 21st October the Open of Legends will begin with some of the most important stars of The European Tour. These events are often held in beautiful golf destinations and last year saw the participation of such established stars as Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Costantino Rocca. The Italian tour event is the last opportunity for players to qualify for the final Seniors Tour Championship at the Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort in Mauritius.
“I am truly proud that the Italian Senior Open will be played at Udine Golf Club, a perfect location for such a prestigious event” said Franco Chimenti, President of the Italian Golf Federation. I would like to thank Gabriele Lualdi. President of Udine Golf Club for his precious collaboration in hosting a tournament at the highest level”. “For us a great honour to be chosen to host this event in Italy, said Golf Club President and Proprietor of the adjacent Villaverde Hotel and Resort. Our course in the last few years has had some significant modifications and hosted various international events, now playing Par 72, more than 7,000 yards if required. We are really excited and looking forward to welcoming numerous champions and the public to enjoy what will be a very special tournament in a part of Italy simply known for its super natural beauty between the mountains and the sea and known locally simply as ‘the most beautiful place on earth’.
“Villaverde Resort is an incredible new Eco sustainable resort.” said Emilio Dellanzo PGA, Director of Dellanzo Group and Dellanzo-Valli in Italy. “The concept is total wellness, movement and good living with a large spa, indoor/outdoor pools, techno gym, wide range of sports and recreation, horse riding, cycling and walking trails for all the family and even a full medical centre offering aesthetic surgery and numerous medical treatments.
“There are direct flights from the UK and European cities to Milan, Bologna, Venice and Verona and for those driving through the mountains from Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Italy it is truly ‘a scenic drive for a scenic drive off the first tee, into the uncontaminated tree lined course with spectacular mountain backdrop’.”
San Daniele internationally famous for its prosciutto and gastronomic offerings as well as numerous cultural and historic offers is just 5kms from the resort. Udine has a Serie A football team of the same name for those who want to catch a game between Udine and such teams as Juventus, Milan, Inter and Roma etc.