Puglia welcomes the world of golf: international aficionados looking for new greens will be enchanted to play in the middle of archaeological sites, historical monuments and natural reserves, with the unique opportunity to taste local cuisine and excellent Apulian wines.
Italy’s heel sports four 18-hole and one 9-hole greens, with a wide variety of diverse courses in terms of length, architecture and difficulty. The Barialto course is just off the region’s capital Bari, and it is quite unique to play inside luscious vegetation and royal palm trees. Riva dei Tessali has been for decades the preferred green of world-class golfers, thanks to its enchanting countryside and distinctive Aleppo pine trees. Acaya is a huge and spectacular location, sporting sumptuous waterfalls along a course featuring the special Bermuda grass. In San Domenico golfers play by the Adriatic Sea, with a chance of trying the nearby Borgo Egnazia green.
Golf is undergoing a steady growth in Puglia. New courses are under construction, offering several opportunities for professionals and amateurs alike. Puglia has also become the preferred destination of mini-golf lovers, a sport for the entire family wanting to travel across one of Italy’s most fascinating regions.