The 9th and 18th greens are heavily defended by water.
Castelfalfi is a delightful village in Tuscany, which is home to the magnificent Castelfalfi Resort. The Tuscan resort, originally the site of an ancient monastery, boasts a 150 room five star hotel alongside 27 holes of outstanding golfing experience.
The courses were designed by architects Preißmann and Moroder in 1998, who sympathetically worked with the surrounding stunning landscape, resulting in 27 holes of golf that not only throw down the gauntlet to the most expert players but also guarantee an enjoyable experience to more hesitant beginners.
Among the most difficult in Italy, the par 72 Mountain Course is a championship course with a high number of undulating humps and hollows and the course can be decidedly steep in places. Appreciated by more experienced players, its layout offers breathtaking panoramic views over the whole of the area surrounding Castelfalfi. .
It weaves around the natural scenery providing glorious views up to the monastery and across the Tuscan hills. The course is well maintained and has come on considerably over the last 10 years. The greens are slick and undulating, and water plays a considerable part strategically, whilst also adding greatly to the visual impact of many of the holes. Both the 9th and the 18th of the Mountain Course have been designed with island greens to increase the excitement for golfers of all standards.
As the name would imply, the Mountain Course is ideal for lithe and fit golfers, but buggies are a very good idea if you want a more leisurely experience – there is a large fleet of Club Car buggies available. As many of the golfers are visitors, there are plenty of high-quality hire clubs available, whilst a boutique-style pro shop offers elegant golfing wear….at only slightly scary prices.
The 9 hole Lake Course is a slightly shorter and more open course, with a charming and fun layout suitable for golfers of all levels. Set in an unrivalled panorama, the par 37 course follows the gentle curves of the Tuscan hills. The courses are fully GEO certified underlining the eco-friendly credentials they wish to follow: the recovery of rainwater for irrigation and their eco-friendly maintenance techniques are just some of the actions that have granted them the eco-label. Green fees start at €55 for 9 holes, and €98 for 18 holes, with buggies €56.
Enhanced by the spectacular views over the fascinating Castle of Castelfalfi, the practice area consists of a driving range, with covered and heated bays, as well as plenty of grass teeing areas, ideal during the summer months. There are several short game areas and putting greens convenient for players wishing to warm up prior to their round or hone their skills to a higher level, also allowing for both individual and group lessons. The pro is available for golf clinics and courses for any player, from lessons for beginners to individual sessions for expert players. Castelfalfi hosts the largest Youth Club in Tuscany, with children aged 6 to 18, which brings even the youngsters closer to golf in a simple and fun way. Golf at Castefalfi is a decidedly family affair.
The clubhouse is a stylishly renovated old farmhouse and barn with a modern twist, making the most of its position close to a huge oak tree, which provides shade on the patio area. Exceptional views across the course and beyond are the perfect backdrop to a very high quality food and beverage operation. The Country Clubhouse opened in 2020 and is a place rich in history and tradition. The guests can share their great passion for golf in an intimate and elegant space, enjoying extraordinary views over the Mountain Course through its wide windows, or out on the welcoming outdoor terrace.
The patio sprawls effortlessly onto the lawn and provides the perfect place for apres golf.
The Toscana Resort Castelfalfi hotel is unashamedly up-market with rooms costing in the region of €500 for a night. However, there are also some great deals starting from €723, which include 3 nights accommodation, one 3 course meal, 2 rounds of the Mountain Course and use of the La Spa facilities.
At the resort, there are several restaurants that all serve exquisite Tuscan delicacies, using ingredients grown on their own land, cooking seasonal vegetables and locally produced olive oils. It was noted that many of the people who dine here are not exclusively golfers. The service across the board is absolutely first class: friendly and attentive, all set in a delightful environment in which to enjoy your leisure time.
The wellness centre of La Spa, in the heart of the hotel, boasts a bio sauna, aromatic steam bath, emotional showers, heated outdoor pool overlooking the Tuscan countryside, and an indoor whirlpool. To revitalise your body, there are also many restful facial and body treatments on offer.
There is plenty to do besides the golf in this historic area dripping with culture. The hotel arranges wine tours, tasting visits to local cheese and olive oil centres, as well as truffle hunting, beekeeping, specialist cooking classes and archery. There is, of course, provision to arrive and depart by helicopter.
The weather for Spring, Summer and Autumn is beautiful, although it can still be ideal for golf even during the Winter months. Any visit to Tuscany is a joy: the citadel towns clinging to the tops of steep hills, rolling farmland baked in pastel shades of orange and brown once the harvest is completed, interspersed by Cyprus trees, olive groves and umbrella pines. There is so much history it is hard to know where to begin, but a visit to Florence, Lucca, San Gimignano or Siena allows for a terrific infusion of elegant architecture, beautiful music and some of the best paintings and sculptures ever produced are on show.
The staff at the resort set this venue apart. Obviously one would expect polite competence, but the team at Castelfalfi are so much more than that. They are fun to be with and genuinely engage with guests, members and each other. Fantastic, dedicated teamwork, which makes the whole enterprise work perfectly – 10 out of 10.
To visit this lovely resort, or to learn more, please view their website: www.castelfalfi.com