Italian Open

The Italian Open is a European Tour event with its origins dating back to 1925 at Alpino di Stresa, near Lake Maggiore, when local player Francesco Pasquali won the 36-hole stroke play championship by a single stroke from William H. Jolly.

The second Open at the same venue was won by 18-year-old Frenchman August Boyer, who remains the youngest winner of the tournament to this day. He would go on to set a record of four victories (in 1926, 1929, 1930, 1931), a feat which was later emulated by Belgian Flory Van Donck either side of World War II.

Boyer also secured multiple national Opens in Belgium, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland during his professional career but he could never win the French Open, finishing as runner-up on three occasions, in 1930, 1933 and 1934.

The Italian Open golf trophy

Percy Alliss won the 1927 Italian Open at Alpino di Stresa in a playoff against Marcel Dallemagne (who later claimed the 1937 title) then he captured his second Open at Sanremo eight years later. Peter Alliss then followed in his father’s footsteps to win the 1958 Open by ten shots at Varese, making the Alliss Sr. and Jr. combination the only father and son team to have won the trophy.

All thirteen editions of the competition before World War II were held at Alpino di Stresa, Golf Sanremo, Villa d’Este or Sestrieres. Senator Agnelli, the founder of Fiat, had built the course at Sestrieres, near Turin, hiring Henry Cotton to advertise the club and attract wealthy English clients, but the outbreak of war in Europe unfortunately put paid to those lucrative plans.

In the pre-European Tour period after the Second World War, by which time the Italian Open was now a 72-hole event, hom...

Italian Open host courses

Castello di Tolcinasco (Blu & Giallo)

29th Northern Italy - Best in Area 55th Italy Ranking

Starting in 2004, Castello di Tolcinasco Golf & Country Club hosted five editions of the Italian Open and it’s the Blu and Giallo nines at this 27-hole facility which are regarded as the championship 18-hole combination.

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Gardagolf (Rosso & Bianco)

10th Northern Italy - Best in Area 18th Italy Ranking

Established in the mid-1980s, the 27-hole Gardagolf Country Club complex lies within the former Omedeo family estate, nestling in the Valtenesi hills above the shores of Lake Garda.

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Garlenda

33rd Northern Italy - Best in Area 60th Italy Ranking

Bisected by the Lerrone river, the layout at Garlenda Golf Club was designed by Commander John Harris in 1964, an architect who fashioned more than a dozen courses in Italy, including the highly regarded Biella, Venezia and Menaggio & Cadenabbia.

Marco Simone (Championship)

13th Central Italy - Best in Area 33rd Italy Ranking

Situated just a half an hour’s drive from the city centre of Rome, the challenging 18-hole Championship layout at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club was set out by architect Jim Fazio in the late 1980s.

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Milano (1st & 2nd)

6th Northern Italy - Best in Area 11th Italy Ranking

Founded in 1928, Milano Golf Club is one of Italy’s most prestigious clubs and the course is routed through glorious parkland on fairly flat terrain.

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Modena

17th Northern Italy - Best in Area 36th Italy Ranking

Designed by American architect Jim Engh in collaboration with Bernhard Langer, the course at Modena Golf & Country Club hosted the fiftieth edition of the Italian Open in 1993, three years after the layout first opened for play.

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Monticello (Rosso)

21st Northern Italy - Best in Area 42nd Italy Ranking

Host to seven Italian Opens between 1975 and 1992, the Rosso course at Golf Club Monticello was originally laid out by Jim Fazio and Baldovino Dassù, with more recent renovations by Graham Cooke...

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Italian Open Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Tao Lin Courses Played 15
= Jorge Courses Played 15
= Dino M. Canepa Courses Played 15
4 Markku Nokso-Koivisto Courses Played 13
= Louis Roren Courses Played 13
= Claudio Courses Played 13
7 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 10
8 Georg Kittel Courses Played 7
= Dirk Schaeffer Courses Played 7
= BL Tracker Courses Played 7