Back in 1992, Le Robinie was where the Nicklaus Design team established their first Italian course and the Golden Bear himself put his signature stamp on the property. His son Jack Junior would design Arzaga, near Brescia, three years later but to date, these two layouts remain the only Nicklaus tracks in “Lo Stivale” (the Boot).
Situated only five miles east of Milan’s Malpensa Airport, Le Robinie course was constructed on a largely level piece of land so over two million cubic metres of soil were moved to create lakes, gently undulating fairways, tiered bunkers and moundings in the style of an American TPC layout.
In order to score well, golfers must evade the main water hazards on the opening and closing holes of the outward and inward halves and avoid the many bunkers (28 of them on the par four 4th) dotted around this parkland course – but with fairways as wide and open as they are here, that should be achievable for most players.
I've played Le Robinie a number of times this year and enjoyed it each time. For me, it's right up there for courses in the greater Milan area. Of course, there has been some shaping done so it's not a natural luck for what is essentially a flat terrain, but the result is that some of the holes feel wonderfully isolated with mounds either side. Water is used well on 9&10 and then again 17&18 and the greens are well presented and laid out. Some are very well protected too by bunkers. The course can play long if there isn't much roll and I find the second nine harder than the first. Overall, Le Robinie is well worth a visit and also has a reasonable green free (around €60 or so).
very interesting course, not extremelly penalising but difficult to play well, with a lot of target golf, and large greens with double plateau on most, so with significant slopes, even if these are not fast greens. The condition of the fairways, rough, greens and bunkers was great. Bunkers are multiple, so together with some lakes and few trees make it difficult to play well in particular if the flags are in difficult locations.
To me this is a typical Nicklaus design, (although I think i have I-only played 3) They must have started with some very flat land and moved a lot of earth to make low lying fairways sourounded by assorted mounds and some water hazards. I found the course quite easy but maybe I was just playing well (I had 8 ouzies for those who know what they are) Many of the holes are dog legs with lots and lots and lots of bunkers on the outside or the inside of the bend. Lots of room to Too many par 4's all the same. I would not return. The clubhouse was very average as well. David Laird