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Desenzano del Garda

Golf holidays - Lake Garda

Lake Garda, the easternmost of the Italian Lakes, is another fabulous Italian golf destination.  It fills our golf holiday criteria perfectly: a selection of high-class Golf Clubs (predominantly private), comfortable hotels, lively lakeside towns with an array of restaurants, caffés, bars and shops, easy access from Verona airport (or even Milan) and an area of outstanding natural beauty to boot!

It is hard to choose a favourite between the Italian lakes, but for a golf holiday that has a lot of everything, Lake Garda is well worth considering for your next golf holiday and a perfect destination to start your golfing adventures amidst the Italian Lakes.

Desenzano del Garda

In our opinion (having considered all the options) the place to base yourself for your Lake Garda golf holiday is Desenzano del Garda.  On the south side of the lake, and more or less equidistant from the golf courses, it makes the perfect base.  Desenzano del Garda is a medium-sized, lively holiday town with plenty of hotels to choose from and a panoply of restaurants within a short stroll around the charming inner quay.  It is perfectly placed for getting to the Lake Garda golf courses and has enough restaurants and bars (and shops) to keep you entertained for a week's (or longer) golf holiday on the Italian Lakes.  From the embarcadero in the centre of town, ferries leave regularly for the short hop over to Sirmione or longer trips up the lake to Riva del Garda at the northern end calling in to all the little towns on the way.

Golf holidays - Sirmione

For a more peaceful and romantic golf holiday on Lake Garda, the fortified (and car free) town of Sirmione that sits on a narrow spit of land jutting out into Lake Garda is an utterly charming spot.  However, be aware that in peak tourist season (July, August and May Bank Holidays) it can be troublesome getting in and out of Sirmione along the single carriage causeway.

Lake Garda - golf resorts

If you prefer to stay out-of-town on a golf resort then there is no finer option at Lake Garda than the Palazzo Arzaga resort.  This is a modern conversion of a delightful old palazzo, that sits serenely in the hills just above Lake Garda.  There are 27-holes on-site plus a rather fine spa, huge pool and, of course, an excellent restaurant.  For golf escapists it's ideal. 

The other golf resort in the Lake Garda area is Chervo, slightly to the South of the lake.  Here, an entire borgo antico has been re-created - with a few added luxuries!  It provides another salubrious golfing hideaway, albeit slightly busier than Palazzo Arzaga.

Getting to Lake Garda

Lake Garda is very easy to get to these days with more-and-more flights to Verona with British Airways and EasyJet amongst others.  From Verona to Desenzano should take less than an hour, unless you stop to play at Verona Golf Club en-route?

You may find more convenient regional departures to Milan Linate airport, from where it's just over an hour's drive across to Desenzano del Garda.

Ryanair also fly to Orio al Serio (they call it Bergamo) which is very close to the autostrada - in fact, it's probably quicker to drive to Lake Garda than into the old town of Bergamo!  In any event it should take less than an hour and you could stop en-route at (Franciacorta Golf Club for instance) to get your Italian Lakes golf holiday underway even sooner.

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Sample Itinerary

4 nights at the Piccola Vela hotel in Desenzano
3 rounds of golf at Garda, Arzaga & Chervo
Hire-car - between two
£668.00 per person excluding August

4 nights at the Vila Rosa Hotel**** in May
3 rounds at Garda Golf, Palazzo Arzaga, Bogliaco
Hire-car between four - £588.00 per person


Guest Comments

"Our first time at Lake Garda and somewhat overwhelmed by the quality of the golf courses, hotel, town and scenery - all quite remarkable!  Thank you very much Cécile for introducing us to such a fabulous golf destination."
Messrs. I. Horn & R. Taylor - Cheshire

"Sorry for the late comments on the holiday:- It was fabulous!!
Good courses, well organised, FAB Hotel so many thanks for your work."
Mr. T. Dartnell - Suffolk

"Over the years we must have been on hundreds of golf holidays.  Our recent trip to Lake Garda however was the best of them all.
Many thanks for everything and you can expect a few calls from our friends at the Golf Club!"
Mr. C. Richards - South Wales


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