With Italy Golf & More, the first pan-Italian international promotional golf project, providing the driving force, latest figures show that the number of rounds played by international golfers in the country has gone up by around a quarter since 2015.
Green fee bookings rose by around 15 per cent in 2016 and have increased by a further 10 per cent so far this year, with a rise in numbers reported in regions across the north and south of Italy.
The likes of Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and Sicily have all seen international numbers rise in the last 12 months, while the number of foreign golfers playing rounds in the regions of Trentino Alto Adige and Friuli Venezia Giulia has almost doubled during the same period.
Bruno Bertero, project co-ordinator for Italy Golf & More, said: “It has been another exciting and hugely encouraging 12 months for golf in Italy which is reflected by these latest figures.
“The number of foreign golfers who are keen to visit all our regions and experience our wide and varied golf product is growing all the time, and we’re looking forward to the country’s influence as an international golf tourism destination continuing to spread as momentum builds towards the 2022 Ryder Cup.”
Featuring no fewer than 141 18-hole courses, Italy – venue for the 2022 Ryder Cup – is the ideal place to combine a golfing break with the chance to experience many of its other historic, cultural and gastronomic delights – and – it is proving particularly popular with players from the UK, Germany, Switzerland, France and Scandinavia.
Researching a golf break to Italy has never been easier thanks to the launch of Italy Golf & More’s new website www.italygolfandmore.com, which features extensive details on the country’s golf courses and regions, and is a one-stop shop to discovering the many delights of golf ‘La Dolce Vita’.
As well as providing easy access and comprehensive information about Italy’s golfing venues, the site – which is available in both English and Italian – offers the chance to learn more about the many historic, cultural and gastronomic attractions of each featured region.
Italy Golf & More is a collaboration between 12 private sector partner regions, the Italian Golf Federation and the Ministry of Tourism (MIBACT), who have come together to embark on a seven-figure investment to increase awareness, and future golf tourism traffic, from key European markets to Italy.
The partner regions consist of Friuli Venezia Giulia – the leading partner region of the project – Lombardy, Piedmont, Lazio, Veneto, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Puglia, Sicily, Sardinia, Marche and Umbria – who together boast 119 of Italy’s golf courses – with six further regions falling under the investment of the Italian Golf Federation.
With 20 airports in the UK operating regular flights to all over Italy, the country has never been so accessible, while its warm climate and mixture of mouth-watering cuisine, fine wines, spas, history, culture and beaches make it the perfect location for a golf break.