About one hour’s drive from Milan, under the watchful guard of the Monte Rosa mountain massif in the Pennine Alps lies the Conte course, one of Italy’s most picturesque layouts.
Del Conte is one of two Robert von Hagge courses at the impressive golf club Circolo Golf Bogogno. The Conte course is the marginally better of the two layouts but the Bonora course is a fine track too. The Conte opened for play in 1996 and it’s set in a sheltered wooded valley, draped over the Italian landscape in a most natural manner.
With crisp, clean air, a pleasantly mild climate and stunning Alpine backdrop there can surely be nowhere better to play golf in Italy. Laid out in a links-like style the Conte course wends its way past woodland, lakes and streams. Big hitters will be tempted to open their shoulders on one or two holes but the Conte layout is a technically challenging layout with some clever bunkering.
Undeniably, Club Circolo Golf Bogogno is one of Italy’s very best venues and with 36 differing but complementary holes it makes a wonderful venue for a day’s golf.
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 Conte is the gentler course, not as punishing off the tee, but you will still need to hit good shots to score well. The only disappointment with the course is the first few holes which are not as interesting as those that follow. As with the Bonora course, the Conte is in very good condition with smooth greens of a reasonable pace.
The designer has done an excellent job at this resort producing two course of such differing character. The Conte is more of a resort style course, with the Bonora tighter and mostly tree-lined.
This course is a delight to play. It concludes with a testing par 4 over a hill and down to a green with a pond to catch a pulled second shot. The backdrop is the excellent and well appointed clubhouse and bar, where you can relax and watch others test themselves down the last.
This resort is currently an undiscovered gem, with few British golfers around. Despite this the staff were delightful. We will return.