Founded in 1994, Golf Club Garfagnana is located at the heart of Garfagnana Valley, among the Apennines of North Tuscany. Originally, the club was only able to provide a course made of four holes and a driving range. In 1997, Garfagnana asked The R&A for funding in order to extend the total number of holes to six. The application was successful and the club received a sum of £5,000. The R&A no longer offers this kind of grant.
This investment was decisive in enabling the club to improve the attractiveness of the facility, and resulted in an immediate increase from 60 to over 80 members. As the only golf facility in the Garfagnana Valley (50,000 inhabitants) the course has played a crucial role in the development of golf into the area and has to date created more than 240 players.
The golf course offers spectacular views over the surrounding landscape, with golfers playing among chestnuts and fruit trees, which give the name to every hole. Members and visitors can taste local produce directly grown on the property.
In 2010, a photovoltaic system of 18.48 Kw was installed on the roof of the driving range, at the cost of 48,000 Euro. The energy production varies between 20,000 and 21,000 Kwh per year and contributes towards the club saving more than 10 tonnes/year in CO2 emissions. For this sustainability initiative the club received the Italian Golf Federation’s 2017 ‘Impegnati nel Verde’ Award in the energy category. The awards were featured in a story on this website, which can be read here