As we well know, those bitten by the golfing bug don’t stop wanting to play golf just because winter rolls around, but snow, frozen water features and golf balls are not the best match. Have you already started planning a tropical escape for a golf holiday this year? Here are a few tips that will change your mind and show you that your golfing paradise might actually be just a stone’s throw from home.
Thanks to the particularly mild climate, golf is a sport that can be played all year round in our region on technical courses that highlight the natural beauty of the pre-Alpine and lake landscapes surrounding them. The technically demanding 18-hole courses in Ascona and Losone allow you to practise your swing all year long, enjoy the beauty of nature, and carry on to the 19th hole for an aperitivo on the wonderful terraces overlooking the course.
On the shores of a lake embraced by the mountains, Ascona’s golf course is considered one of the most spectacular in the whole of Switzerland. Challenging but extremely satisfying, the course was built in 1928 and immediately hailed as the most beautiful 9 holes in Europe. Since being extended to 18 holes in 1957, it has developed in a perfect balance between tradition and innovation. In 1999, it was awarded the medal for the best golf course in Switzerland. This stunning par 71 course extends over 5,578 metres.
The Gerre Losone golf course may have only been built in 2001, but it has since won hearts and awards for excellence, such as the Swiss Golf Course of the year in 2014. The difficulty of the course, surrounded by chestnut woods and crossed by a stream, varies from hole to hole, making it a truly commendable challenge for your concentration, especially on the shorter holes. The course, which at par 71 measures 6,250 m, ends beautifully with an impressive 18th hole right in front of the Club House terrace.
In Ascona-Locarno, experienced golfers are not the only ones who can indulge in sporting activities in a landscape dominated by majestic trees and clear waters that reflect the sky. Take advantage of your holiday on Lake Maggiore to play golf with your family, or give this sport in which precision is everything a try.
Pitch & putt courses, such as the one at the Albergo Losone Golf hotel, are ideal for playing with your family or in a group with a range of abilities. This variant of golf focuses on the short game and allows men and women of all ages to compete together. The important thing is having fun together on a course that condenses the most exciting part of golf. It’s also a good way to improve your pitching, chipping and putting. If you want to take advantage of your stay in the region to try golf for the first time, the Locarno Golf School, with its stunning 9-hole 1,261 m course directly overlooking the lake, is the most obvious choice. And what about after the golf? Let your muscles relax at a wellness centre and recharge your batteries while sampling some of the region’s Michelin-starred gastronomy.
The courses at Ascona and Losone are reserved for club members and those of other golf clubs with an EGA Handicap below 30 (Ascona) and 36 (Losone).