Golf in Venice
Legend has it that Henry Ford, President of the Ford Motor Company of America, was the deus ex machina in the creation of a golf course on the Lido in Venice, a wonderful 18th holes Course located at Alberoni area.
Ford arrived at the Hotel Excelsior in 1928 with his golf bag and clubs, only to discover that there was no course on the Lido -nor anywhere else in Venice – where one could enjoy a game which at the time was much in vogue in America, but practically unknown in Italy.
Ford complained about this to his friend Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata, a man with an enthusiastic temperament who was President of the “Italian Company of Grand Hotels” (C.I.G.A.), and convinced him to find a suitable location on the Lido on which to create a golf course equal to the elegant structures already present on the island.
Count Volpi was also the ingenious creator of many cultural and social events, namely the 1° International Music Festival (1930), the 1° Film Festival (1932) and the 1° Theater Festival (1934) which still take place every year or every two years. Speaking of the Film Festival which draws stars from all over the world, it should be mentioned that the prize for the best male and female actor still bears the name Coppa Volpi in his memory.
Volpi and Ford spotted a suitable location at the Alberoni, in the extreme south of the Lido, near the mouth of port of Malamocco. The area of approximately 100 hectares presented natural features similar to those of many Scottish links, where sand and wind would surely have make the game equal to that of the best British tradition.
World famous Professionals have played on this course. Among them Arnold Palmer (who still holds a 5 below par record), Severiano Ballesteros, Tony Jacklin, Lee Trevino, Baldovino Dassù.
The course has many peculiar features.
To start with, the wide selection of trees that flank the fairways and make the game even more difficult: there are cluster pines, weeping willows, poplars and mulberry-trees that make the course green and practicable all year round. Then there is the self draining sandy foundation, capable of absorbing in a short time a great quantity of rain. The bora or scirocco winds that require sudden changes in game tactics, as well as the intrinsic difficulties of the course. All these elements make Venice Golf Club one of the best and most challenging Italian courses.
Numerous species of animals are to be found here: blue heron, pheasants, ducks, nutrias.
-Featured: 18 Holes
-Club house and Restaurant
-Open from Tuesday until Sunday
-Tournaments available on week ends
-Cart and Golf bags on request
Villa Stella is a patner Hotel with Golf Club Venezia , discount of green fees available