Bogogno Golf Club, or Circolo Golf Bogogno, is one of Europe’s most impressive 36-hole golf resorts. With two contrasting Robert von Hagge-designed courses, Del Conte and Bonora, it’s a destination well worth knowing.
Located less than an hour’s drive to the northwest of Milan, Bogogno is set in the foothills of the Monte Rosa Massif mountain range close to the Swiss border and both courses utilise the undulating topography spectacularly… what else would you expect from an architect of von Hagge’s flair?
Bogogno was inaugurated in 1997 and Robert von Hagge’s original course was then split in two when he designed 18 further holes on adjacent land. Each course – Del Conte and Bonora – utilises 9 holes from the original design. The Bonora course is longer and more technically challenging than its neighbouring course. Water hazards are prevalent and, as we’ve already mentioned, the going is rather hilly in places.
My partner and I fancied trying somewhere different for a week, so we stayed at Bogogno playing the Bonora three times and the other course on site, dei Conte, twice.
The Bonora is undoubtedly the tougher of the two, something you quickly find out when playing the sharply dog-legged par 5 opening hole – water on the inside of the dog leg, bunkers on the outside and a ditch 130 yards from the green. Anything other than a perfectly faded drive will induce a lay up and a testing mid iron into a well bunkered and undulating green. You get the picture!
If anything, the opener is too tough to ease you into the course, but this is a minor quibble. The course is interesting, well presented and fair. All of the hazards (and there are plenty of them) are in plain sight. There is a delightful run of holes around the turn, which reminded me of another Van Hagge classic, Les Bordes in France – high praise indeed as this is one of the top ranked European courses.
This course will challenge all handicaps, but it will always be a delight to play. It concludes with a testing par 4 over water to a green with the snow capped Alps in the background.
The clubhouse and restaurant extend over a long patio with views over holes on del Conte course.
This resort is currently an undiscovered gem, with few British golfers around. Despite this the staff were delightful. We will return.
There are 2 courses and we played them. Both. The hilly course did not really impress me but there are some interesting holes. The other course (Conte ?) was a good layout and well worth the visit. Both courses were in good shape.The clubhouse is a bit pompous though the staff were welcoming. The restaurant was a bit disappointing but we were there to play golf. Worth a visit. David Laird