Major upgrade for Italian course


Major upgrade for Italian course
Sean Dudley

The Colli Berici club in Italy is starting work on a major upgrade of its course, with the aim of increasing its appeal to golf tourists.

Originally designed by Marco Croze, Colli Berici, which is located in the uplands between Verona and Venice, opened in 1988. Club president Alberto Ferrari and his team have already renovated the practice facilities, and started work on an expansion of the clubhouse.

Now, the club has appointed Italian architect Dr Wilfried Moroder to transform the golf course, focusing on making better use of the hilly terrain and creating a course that is less hard work to play.

“We are aiming to keep and enhance the natural hilly landscape, which has fantastic views, but to remodel the course to make it less tough, both from a playing and a walking perspective, and to make it strategically more interesting and therefore attractive for tourism,” said Moroder. “We have already started with a status quo analysis and preliminary studies, reproducing the as built plans on aerial photography and regional level plans and, at the moment, we’re studying alternative routings and possible improvements for the holes.”