Most of the top Italian golf courses are clustered around the northern cities of Turin. Milan and Venice or else located near the capital city of Rome. Bucking that trend in 2003, European Golf Design unveiled a top track way down in the south of the country, near the town of Fasano in the Puglia region.
The person to receive most plaudits for the San Domenico project should be shaper Brian Jorgensen as he moved plenty of earth on a largely level, featureless landscape to lay out a wonderful array of seaside fairways that enjoy views of the Adriatic from every hole.
By retaining some of the original stonewalls and olive trees on the site and including large waste areas of crushed local rock and indigenous vegetation in the design, the architects have succeeded in emphasizing the identity of the area.
The European Challenge Tour Grand Final, the season ending championship, has been staged at San Domenico since 2005.
We stayed at the Borgo Egnazia and we played San Domenico several times. Everything was absolutely perfect - though pricey. But at least you know what you're paying for. The course was in excellent condition, the staff was helpful and the hotel looks and feels splendid.
Attached to the glorious Borgo Egnazia Hotel, the San Domenico golf course is a thrilling set-up. With views across the glistening ocean, and some very well laid out holes, it provides a great test, especially when the breeze blows off the ocean. My favourite stretch was around the back nine, with some very scoreable par 4's. Simply put, this is a must play golf course whilst in the Puglia area. And once you have enjoyed the golf course, be sure to stop off in the wonderful clubhouse for a taste of Italian home cooking!!