One of the best golf courses in all of Italy, San Domenico Golf on Puglia’s well-heeled coastline is an incredible Italian escape into nature pure – and for you cool cats who know the difference between a driver and an iron, the ideal place to perfect your swing.
A setting unrivalled by any other, let Puglia’s unmistakable scents of sea salt and fresh lemons drift towards you from over the gentle breeze, while your eyes admire panoramic views of such Insta-worthy natural design as to take you a world away. Flitting from forget-me-not skies to the cerulean sea and the sandy-stone coloured ancient Roman City of Egnazia, just inland, even your golf caddy will be happy to be there.
These 18 holes aren’t just for easy putting, either. Designed for a strategic game, the wind from the intimately close Adriatic adds a test of nature to your golfing, as does the considered bunking, definitive fairway shaping and clever green design. A place where beauty meets brains – the perfect golf course, no? You should probably ‘putt’ a ring on it right now.
Designed by none other than the renowned ‘European Golf Design’ and spanning 6,300 metres of lush, undulating Bermuda grass, San Domenico is also home to the PGA European Challenge Tour Grand Final, a major event in the golf lover’s calendar. This is a truly Mediterranean escape with firm roots in Italy’s striking landscape, and sees scattered local plants and rocks help to further maintain Puglia’s local identity, alongside the view.
San Domenico is Italy’s golf course for those who really love the game - or for those who really love someone who does.
From the first hole of the San Domenico golf course you may notice the glimmer of a deep tonal, raspberry red tower some way in the distance, standing in stark contrast to the blue of the sea and sky. Keep on playing and then at the 8th hole – you see it in all its striking 18th century glory, Masseria Cimino. A boutique guesthouse of strong Italian, luxe-rustic vibes, Masseria Cimino is one of the most romantic spots around – crowned winner of the Tatler 101 Best Hotels Awards, no less – and its proximity to the course lets you roll out of bed and onto the green in just a few swift strides.
See you at the ninth hole?
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