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GOLF CLUB CASTELFALFI

The Golf Courses


Thanks to its temperate climate, Tuscany is an ideal destination for golf lovers, as it allows to play throughout most of the year. The courses of Golf Club Castelfalfi are among the most fascinating in terms of landscape and views and also quite challenging; they are built accordingly to principles of sustainability and without the addition of superfluous artificial elements. With its 27 holes, divided into two courses, it invites experts players to rise to the challenge and is fun for practicing amateurs. There is also a driving range with grass tees, covered areas for golf clinics and a Club House with a cafè and a beautiful panoramic terrace.


The Club House



Gallery

Mountain course


The Mountain Course (Par 72, 6.351 meters, 18 holes), awarded at international level with the 3rd prize of the prestigious “GOLF INC. Renovation of the Year Award 2011”, is a Championship Course, challenging and highly technical, suitable for beginners and advanced players alike.

Inaugurated in August 2010, this course is the result of an accurate re-designing project, undertaken by two expert architects, Rainer Preissmann and Wilfried Moroder.

Lake course


The Lake Course (Par 37, 3.171 meters, 9 holes) is suitable for all golfers and was designed by award-winning German golf architect Rainer Preissmann.

Inaugurated in November 2011, the course was designed by award-winning German golf architect Rainer Preissmann in collaboration with the architect Wilfried Moroder. Starting out with a west-oriented tee, the course loops back to its beginning, embraces the undulating Tuscan landscape and loops back to the Club House.


mountain course
Hole 01


PAR 4
Slight dogleg left. Don’t be fooled by the sight of the green from the tee, because hitting it straight would mean losing a ball in the hard rough. Look to your right, instead, and aim at the fairway bunker or just left of it. Longer hitters can leave the driver in the bag since the bunker is 220mt out (from yellow markers), leaving the pin a short iron away. Shorter hitters, depending on how long their tee shot was, could face a blind shot to a well-guarded green. In case of a lay-up, be aware that passed the flat area by the fairway bunker, the fairway slopes downhill towards the lake. If you decide to go for the green, make sure you have the right club in your hands. Anything shy of the green will end up either in the lake or in the bunker, while anything too long will most likely be out-of-bounds…


mountain course
Hole 02


PAR 4
Par 4 – Sets the pace for the rest of the day. Long par 4 with a potentially blind second shot to a well-guarded green. Tee shot is paramount since hard rough contours the fairway all the way to the lake guarding the green. However, distance off the tee is key to strategy on this hole. If you can’t hit it at least 210-220mt (from the yellow markers), going for the green with the second shot might be just like gambling. You should consider, instead, laying-up with your second shot just in front of the lake for a much easier approach shot and a better change to walk away with a par or a bogey. Just be careful with the steep fairway sloping towards the lake when laying-up. If you can reach the plateau on the fairway from the tee box, you can go for the green. However, take carefully into consideration elevation change on the approach shot, since you can’t miss the green by much without getting in trouble.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 03


PAR 4
Par 4 – This is one of the few holes that are virtually flat. This hole is a recovery hole for medium to high hcp players. Its wide fairway before the first two fairway bunkers allows for a “relaxed” tee shot. Longer hitters, instead, face a choice. By carrying the bunkers, they might have a better chance to a birdie, however, the fairway narrows down sensibly. Regarding the approach shot, players should be aware that the hole is slightly downhill even if it may not seem…


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 04


PAR 3
Par 3 – It is the shortest hole on the course. A “no brainer” when the pin is placed on the first half of the green, it becomes suddenly trickier when the pin is tucked back-right, especially if played from the white or yellow tee markers.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 05


PAR 5
Double dogleg. It is the longest hole on the course, measuring 580 mt from the white tee markers. Off the tee, anything ranging from 170 to 220 mt will give the second shot an opening to the second fairway. Just aim the opening on the fairway between the far left cypresses. If you are too short, you might not have an opening to cross the ditch. If you are too long, you will simply have a tougher angle on your second shot. On the second shot, if the lie allows it, use all you’ve got in the bag… 3-wood, 5-wood, Hybrid: the longer you can hit it, the better it is because you still have 350 mt to go!


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 06


PAR 4
Dogleg left. This is a tough hole. The tee shot shouldn’t be a problem for most players since the first bunker is 210mt out, and there is enough space to the right of it. However, longer hitters may face a dilemma. Anything that is not a draw might get lost in the cypresses that run along the hole on the right side. If you can carry the ball at least 230mt aim over the pine trees, just to the left of the left bunker. Any straight shot, draw or fade, will end up just fine. Depending on how far you are from the pin, stopping the second shot on the green might be a challenge because the green is only 20mt deep, or even less if we consider the right side of the green. Just remember that if you miss the green long by a few meters you will be facing a steep downhill chip shot onto a downhill green…


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 07


PAR 5
Dogleg left. I will reward accuracy. Downhill and 454mt long (from the yellow markers), hole 7 is reachable in regulation by most players, and is an eagle chance for longer hitters who risk it off the tee. On the first shot, if you won’t carry the first two bunkers, aim straight. If you are carrying the bunkers aim over the left bunker because the fairway will slope to the right. On the second shot, unless you are going for the green, aim for the second pair of bunkers down the fairway. If you are going for the green, watch for elevation change, since out-of-bounds is not too far from the back of the green. You should also know that the green slopes left to right, so adjust club selection based on pin location.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 08


PAR 4
Looks longer than it actually is. If you are not a long hitter chose the left path around the trees in the middle of the fairway, you will gain a few meters since the fairway doesn’t climb as steeply as it does on the right side. However, you will have a blind second shot to the green. Longer hitters who can carry it at least 230-240mt may consider choosing the right path around the fairway trees. Making it to the plateau will result in a much easier second shot.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 09


PAR 3
This is one the most memorable holes in Castelfalfi, and assures some of the most dramatic views on the course. With its 35mt elevation change, club selection is highly influenced by wind direction and intensity. If you are in between clubs, keep in mind that if you end up short, as long as you hit it straight, you will still have a chance to par!


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 10


PAR 4
Dogleg left. Because of its tee box orientation, vegetation location and visibility of the green from the tee box, the tendency is to aim between the lake on the left and the first bunker. True, it will make the hole slightly shorter, but the lake will come more into play than it should, you will most likely end up in the rough with a bad lie, and if you hit it long enough, you will have a blind shot to the green. Instead, aim just right of the bunker. The fairway opens up to the right more than it seems and the lie will be better. If you are a long hitter, use the second bunker as reference for direction, and keep the driver in the bag… all you need is to carry 210mt and you will be a wedge away.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 11


PAR 3
Downhill. A delicate hole, because any shot missing the green could end up anywhere. Tee boxes are well protected by trees, especially from right-to-left winds, which will hit the ball by the green, where the hole opens up. Therefore, be aware of wind direction and true intensity when aiming.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 12


PAR 4
Dogleg right. This is one of those holes where most players would be happy to walk away with a bogey. It is not uncommon, as a matter of fact, that players end up playing the hole as a par 5, keeping the ball into play on the narrow fairway off the tee, laying-up a second shot on the second fairway to about 70-90mt and then going for the green. When laying-up, know than the steep fairway climbing to the green has a plateau area half way through it, which is not visible from the fairway. Because of the steepness of the hole, even longer hitters need to watch for two greenside bunkers not visible from the fairway, and the fact that the ball will be difficult to stop once it reaches the green.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 13


PAR 4
Dogleg right. This is both the easiest hole on the course and the risk-reward hole for long hitters. If you want to play it safe, all you need to do is to select your 160 to 220mt club, and aim toward the target bunker at the end of the fairway. The closer you can get to the bunker, the better angle you will have into the green. Longer hitters who can carry 240-250mt can take an aggressive line to the green. However, it is a blind shot, from this angle the green is protected by a bunker and a few trees leaving open only the front/left side of the green, and in the summer time when the fairways are fast, the ball may be hard to find if it doesn’t stop on the green… If you want an eagle you have to earn it!


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 14


PAR 5
Dogleg left. One of the few holes where your driving can get sloppy, as long as the ball goes to the right. The ideal line for the tee shot is the right side of the fairway toward the two far bunkers. As you get closer to the hole, the fairway immerges into the pine trees, getting narrower and narrower. Once again, long hitters who want to reach the green in two must prove they can also hit it straight!


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 15


PAR 3
It is probably the toughest par 3 of the four, with its green highly protected by water. The only piece of advice is for shorter hitters, who may not want to challenge the left lake. Consider the apron in front of the green as an option. The hole will feel much easier, at least on the nerves!


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 16


PAR 5
Dogleg right. Its narrow and blind tee shot requires extreme accuracy off the tee. If you can’t carry 250mt, consider laying-up before the two bunkers. As a matter of fact, unless you clear the first two bunkers with either the first or second shot, you will have another blind shot. The ideal shot from just before the two fairway bunkers is a fade (for a right handed player) shaping the ball around the pine trees. For a more aggressive play, you can choose to cut over the trees, but make sure you can carry it at least 150-160mt. Once you clear the corner, the hole opens up to its beauty inviting you to a shallow and slightly elevated green.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 17


PAR 4
Dogleg left. Uphill to the first set of bunkers, the hole then flattens out all the way to the green. Shorter hitters don’t have to worry about the bunkers, but longer hitters have to choose to either strategically place the first shot shy of the second bunker, or try to draw the ball carrying the first bunker. The second option could mean an easy chip shot to an open green, but the price for a less than perfect shot could mean a bogey or worse.


MOUNTAIN course
Hole 18


PAR 4
Dogleg right. It is a great finishing hole. The blind tee shot requires total distance between 190 and 230mt, in order to have a clear shot to the green. The ideal tee shot will start toward the right cypress placed at the end of the fairway, and then it will fade a little. From the flat landing area you still have 160-170mt to an almost-island green, but the severe elevation change makes it so that it plays less than that. Shorter hitters may prefer to lay-up on before attempting an approach shot, especially if the tee shot was not long enough to clear the corner. There are three plateau areas along the final slope for this exact purpose, but stopping the ball on one of them is just as difficult as hitting the green…


LAKE course
Hole 01


PAR 4
Slight dogleg left. Don’t be fooled by the sight of the green from the tee, because hitting it straight would mean losing a ball in the hard rough. Look to your right, instead, and aim at the fairway bunker or just left of it. Longer hitters can leave the driver in the bag since the bunker is 220mt out (from yellow markers), leaving the pin a short iron away. Shorter hitters, depending on how long their tee shot was, could face a blind shot to a well-guarded green. In case of a lay-up, be aware that passed the flat area by the fairway bunker, the fairway slopes downhill towards the lake. If you decide to go for the green, make sure you have the right club in your hands. Anything shy of the green will end up either in the lake or in the bunker, while anything too long will most likely be out-of-bounds…


LAKE course
Hole 02


PAR 4
Dogleg left. Judging by the length (308mt from the yellow markers), this hole may not seem neither a tough hole nor a hole requiring a driver from the tee. At least not for long hitters. However, the slight uphill tee shot, the severe right-to-left sloping landing area and the green orientation make it a tough par 4, to reach in two shots for any tee shot shorter than 220-230mt. That is why longer hitters should try to hit the ball deeper, trying to reach a flatter area of fairway past the sloping landing area, which will also allow for a much better angle to attack any pin location. If your tee shot is shorter than 200-210mt, you may want to consider laying-up. It will be a blind shot, but if you aim just right of the fairway bunkers there is plenty of room for a comfortable lay-up. As you get over the hill and past the fairway bunkers, the fairway turns to the left and flattens out. From here, the green is completely open.


LAKE course
Hole 03


PAR 5
Slight dogleg left. Is probably the most scenic hole on the Lake Course. Hole 3 is a only 456mt. from the yellow markers, giving everybody the chance to a par or even better. If you drive the ball less than 190-200mt., aim between the two fairway bunkers. If you can drive it more than 210-220mt., instead, you are facing a blind tee shot. Aim either over the left fairway bunker, or just to the right of it. If you bomb it over the hill right in the middle of the fairway you will risk your ball rolling O.B. or in the hard rough because, once you reach the two bunkers, the fairway briefly plateaus and then slightly turns to the left sloping downhill and to the right. Hit a perfect driver and you will have a chance to reach the smallest green in Castelfalfi in two. Once you reach the two fairway bunkers, take a moment to turn around and look toward the tee boxes. You will have some of the best views in Castelfalfi. To the right, you will see the Castle up on the hilltop. To the left, over the rolling hills, you will enjoy some of the best sunsets you will ever see…


LAKE course
Hole 04


PAR 4
It doesn’t present much trouble off the tee, as long as you don’t hit it too far to the right. However, the hole gets interesting on the approach shot. The green is small, shallow and well protected by hardly visible bunkers on the left side. If you are shy to the green, you are most likely in the bunker. Hit it a couple of meters past the green, and you can play a provisional ball… Distance control is the key.


LAKE course
Hole 05


PAR 4
Slight dogleg right, it requires accuracy. The downhill tee shot calls for a driver, but a lake to the left, a service road to the right and the ideal landing area being anywhere between 170 to 210mt out (from yellow markers) should dictate your club selection. The approach shot is blind, with a fairway steeply climbing to the green from 100-90mt out.


LAKE course
Hole 06


PAR 4
It is straight, short, and downhill… tempting for long hitters, to say the least, it is often underestimated by most players. With its 275mt downhill tee shot form the yellow tee markers, any long hitter will be tempted to go for it. But after taking a closer look, they will store the driver back in bag. The small green is well protected by a lake. Therefore, the ball must land on the small green. Playing it safe, instead, means hitting the ball anywhere between 150 and 210mt off the tee. The approach shot is blind; you can see neither the lake nor the green due to a fairway mount. Take the time to walk to the lake, and get an idea of where the lake is in relationship to the green.


LAKE course
Hole 07


PAR 4
This is the flattest hole in Castelfalfi. Its tee shot somehow recalls Augusta’s 18th tee shot, with its narrow window onto the fairway between tall trees. Longer hitters should fade it through the opening. Everybody else should be aware of a few meters wide canal that crosses the fairway about 170mt away from the yellow markers. Once you make over the water hazard, the hole opens onto a wide and virtually flat fairway.


LAKE course
Hole 08


PAR 3
It is the only par 3 on the Lake Course. Don’t be fooled be the just over 110mt long downhill tee shot. Missing the green will likely mean a ball in the lake… Pressure is on!


LAKE course
Hole 09


PAR 5
Slight dogleg right, this is the longest hole on the Lake Course, with a blind second shot and a small green protected by water. Anything can happen on this final hole! From the elevated tee box the goal is to hit it as long as possible. Depending on how far you’ve hit your driver, you can either hit your second shot over a few meters wide canal that crosses the fairway about 150mt away from the green, or you can decide to lay-up short of it. Anyway, this will be a blind shot. In case you decide to get over the hazard, be aware that the fairway will be pretty narrow and slightly sloping to the right, toward a water hazard that starts about 40mt away from the green. Where to aim on the second shot really depends on where you ended up with your first shot, but as a general rule, anything that flies to the right of the big cypress on the left side of the fairway should be fine.



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