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.
Date: July 10, 2018