This is probably the most distinguished historical building that has ever housed a golf club with its cloisters and watchtower. In addition to many fragments of ancient frescoes, on one wall, St Catherine and St Francis are depicted.
After a long period of neglect and changes in ownership in the early 1930s, the complex was bought by the founding members of the Golf Club Varese and was inaugurated in 1934 as the Golf Club of Luvinate.
Peter Allis’s Victory
The course which was expanded to 18 holes in the mid-50’s is 6,676 yards long. It meanders between the trees and provides the golfer with a great panoramic view. The view stretches from Monte Rosa to Lake Varese and Lake Maggiore.
It offers a stern test of golf in places. With fairly tight undulating fairways on the front nine edged by the mixed woods. The back nine opens out somewhat with a succession of par 4’s and par 5’s. Just pray you have your “A” game with you. Just like Peter Allis’s must have had when he won the 1958 Italian Open here.