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Italy makes its Ryder Cup debut!

Travel Editor Frank Baldwin provides a taste of the sport and wellness facilities you will find at Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort, just two hours from Ryder Cup venue.

To celebrate the staging of the Ryder Cup in Italy for the very first time, the Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort has launched a range of special stay-and-play packages in 2023 for golfers that would like to play the host course at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club before or after the matches between Europe and the USA, as well as Argentario’s own course.

With the golfing spotlight firmly on Italy in the build-up to the Ryder Cup, that is taking place on the Marco Simone Golf Course from September 29th to October 1st 2023, Argentario Golf & Wellness Resort can be used as a base as it is just two hours away by road.

Guests staying at Argentario, located in a verdant valley on Monte Argentario, in Tuscany, will be offered a reduced green fee at the Marco Simone layout. Prices start from €1,095 per person for a five-night stay in a double superior room, based on two people sharing.
This includes B&B, three rounds of golf at Argentario, a welcome dinner and daily access to the Espace Wellness Centre. The packages are available from now until the end of October this year with some blackout dates before and during the Ryder Cup.

For those looking for a more exclusive experience, there are a collection of independent luxury villas overlooking the golf course available to rent that benefit from access to all the facilities and services on the five-star property.

The Resort packages (for five, six and seven nights) include golf over the Argentario Golf Club championship course which was awarded PGA National Italy status by The PGA in 2019, joining an exclusive collection of prestigious courses such as Gleneagles, PGA National Scotland, at Aphrodite Hills (PGA National Cyprus) and the PGA National Turkey, Antalya Golf Resort.

Opened in 2006, the Argentario course is considered one of Italy’s finest golf layouts. Designed by architect, David Mezzacane, and professional golfer, Baldovino Dassù, the 6,218 metre, par 71 track overlooks the picturesque Orbetello Lagoon and the Tyrrhenian Sea to offer stunning panoramas from several holes on the front nine which meanders through ancient cork-oak woods. The contrasting back nine is set amongst established olive groves and a variety of water features that cross the course, adding extra difficulty to this challenging course.

The club’s PGA National Golf Academy features several practice areas for chipping and putting, a host of driving bays as well as a TrackMan IIIe simulator, a state-of-the-art platform for analyzing the golf swing whether you are a high handicapper or beginner.
Off the course, the wellness facilities include a spa, fitness centre, bio-sauna with chromotherapy, Kneipp circuit, heated indoor swimming pool with saline water, six massage cabins and tanning showers.

The Espace Wellness Centre focuses on relaxation and pampering in its massage and treatment rooms and the opportunity to regenerate and rejuvenate both body and soul.
For those who like to be very active, fitness sessions can be undertaken with the in-house Personal Trainer in the gym or at the outdoor fitness station and guests can choose from tennis, paddle, mini football, or jogging on the paths around the property which is set in 77 hectares of Tuscan terrain surrounded by a nature reserve.

Argentario’s gastronomic offerings have been created by in-house chef, Emiliano Lombardelli, in the Dama Dama Restaurant, named after the fallow deer that occasionally roam the Resort.

For a more informal experience, there is healthy Mediterranean fare with Tuscan influences available in the Club House Restaurant overlooking the 18th green.

The hotel itself combines glamour and charm against a backdrop of modern Italian design. Guests are greeted in the majestic, high-ceilinged entrance where there is a dramatic white spiral stairway flanked by huge picture windows.

The Resort’s 73 rooms and suites all have sleek, contemporary interiors, where the black and white décor is complemented by the use of local wood and natural stone. The private decked terraces are the perfect spot for privacy and relaxation after a day on the golf course or a workout in the fitness and wellness centre.

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