Castelfalfi | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Nestled in the natural beauty of the Italian region of Tuscany is the golfing resort of Castelfalfi, which is one of the highest-ranked Italian resorts on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list. With both an 18-hole and 9-hole golf course, plenty of activities away from the course and a stunning hotel, Castelfalfi has a little bit of everything.

Rainer Preißmann and Wilfried Moroder were the brainchilds of the 27 holes at Castelfalfi, with the 18-hole Mountain Course being the Championship Course at the resort. It is notoriously known as one of the most difficult courses in all of Italy, and is complemented by the 9-hole Lake Course, which is a much more fun and relaxed round, aimed at the beginners to the game to help hone their skills.

Away from the golf course, there are a range of activities that the whole family can try out. From having a go on the climbing wall, to archery, tennis and padel, the family can go on hikes and bike tours around the local area to get their exercise in. There are also a range of food and drink courses, including wine harvesting and tasting, pizza making, beekeeping and honey tasting and more.

The Castelfalfi Hotel provides stunning, luxury accommodation, from Prestige Rooms up to Deluxe Suites and private villas. It is also the home to a wonderful spa and wellness centre. The spa has highly trained masseuses, therapists and more to provide you with everything you need to truly relax and unwind during your stay. There is also a gym at the hotel, which is fully equipped with the latest TechnoGym equipment to keep those fitness goals in sight.

Fancy a stay in Italy? Say no more. Castelfalfi is the place for you to come, and bring the family, because there is something for everyone.

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Castelfalfi Overview | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

27 Holes Of Stunning Golf

Castelfalfi is the largest golfing venue in the region of Tuscany. The resort is made up of the 18-hole Mountain Course and the 9-hole Lake Course, with the 27 holes testing both the experienced golfers and the amateurs of the game. 

Designed by architects Rainer Preißmann and Wilfried Moroder, Castelfalfi Golf Club offers a serene setting to focus on your game, with the holes all weaving seamlessly through the verdant Italian hills.

Mountain Course
The Mountain Course at Castelfalfi is one of the most difficult golf courses in the entire country. It is a highly technical Championship course with steep slopes and enchanting panoramic views towards Castelfalfi’s castle.

It is a demanding course, and measures in at almost 7,000 yards from the back tees as a Par 72. The way that Preißmann and Moroder designed the Mountain Course means that there are no two holes the same. Apart from the par-3s, there is only one hole that is not a dog-leg.

The quirky nature of the course also sees the 5th and 15th tees sit in the same place. The 3rd and 17th tees are of a similar nature. Both nines on the Mountain Course work their way back to the clubhouse, with water in play at both the 9th and 18th greens.

Lake Course
The Lake Course is Castelfalfi’s fun golfing venue. A Par-37, 9-hole course with a fun and charming lay-out, the Lake Course is more suitable to golfers of all levels, compared to the tough test of the Mountain Course.

While playing the Lake Course, golfers can enjoy the vistas that surround the golf club, as the course follows the undulations of the Tuscan hills it sits in. However, the task at hand is not the easiest. The course still measures almost 3,500 yards, with the closing par-5 coming in at more than 560 yards from the tips.

Castelfalfi Golf Academy

Prior to taking on either of the two golf courses at Castelfalfi, guests can spend some time on the range at the Castelfalfi Golf Academy. The Academy is the home to a state of the art driving range, which features covered bays, all of which are heated. 

Away from the driving range, there is a wonderful short game area to practise chipping and putting. Castelfalfi has two putting greens, while there is a dedicated chipping green for those delicate greenside shots.

The Academy also offers lessons to individuals and groups of all ages and abilities. From those wanting to fine tune their skills, to those golfers who are picking up a club for the first time, the team of professionals at Castelfalfi can help all.

World Class Accommodation

Castelfalfi’s hotel is sublime, a truly luxurious accommodation option. Even the standard rooms - the Prestige - are stunning. They are elegantly furnished with hints of the traditional Tuscan style. Some of the Prestige rooms have a balcony or garden, so guests can immerse themselves in the Tuscan countryside.

There are also Junior Suites and Deluxe Suites, for those who want to separate their living space from the bedroom. The Castelfalfi Grand Suite is the best of the best in the hotel, which guarantees unparalleled elegance. The refined furnishings and precious materials offer the comfort of a classic contemporary style in a spacious and bright environment.

Not only is Castelfalfi the home to a stunning hotel, but there are also a number of incredible villas that you can stay in during your time in Tuscany. From Il Melo which sleeps four, to the amazing La Spina, which sleeps 16, there is something for the entire family when it comes to villas at Castelfalfi.

Castelfalfi Spa

The Castelfalfi Spa is a spa and wellness facility that mixes traditional rituals with contemporary treatments, all of which are carried out by highly trained professionals that use a holistic approach to nurture both the body and mind. 

RAKxa treatments are available at the Castelfalfi Spa, which uphold the principles of the Thai word RAKxa, which means to conserve, cherish, guard and heal. These treatments relax the body and mind, through a combination of complementary therapies from different cultures. 

There is also a well-equipped gym, which is fitted with the latest TechnoGym equipment. Personal trainers are on hand to offer detailed weekly programmes, including indoor exercise sessions and yoga classes. Exclusive training programs are available to help reach fitness goals. 

Activities At Castelfalfi

Away from the golf course, the Castelfalfi resort offers a wide range of unique activities for all the family. From sports, to nature, to food and drink, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Castelfalfi.

Apart from golf, there is a large list of sports and experiences on offer. Tennis, Padel and bike tours are some of the more intense activities, while archery, yoga, pilates, and survival experiences are also on offer. For the kids, there is the Castelfalfi Adventure Park, which sees rope bridges up in the sky, between the trees of the resort.

There is also a lot to do in terms of food and drink. You’re in Italy, so why not take a cooking class or pizza making course? There’s also truffle hunting, olive picking and olive oil tasting, a harvesting and wine tasting experience and much more. 

FAQs about Castelfalfi

Where is Castelfalfi located?
Castelfalfi is situated in the northwest of Italy, in the region of Tuscany. Montaione and San Vivaldo are the nearest towns to the resort, with Florence being the closest major city, located around 50 miles to the north east of Castelfalfi by car. 

What is the nearest airport to Castelfalfi?
Pisa International Airport is the closest major airport to Castelfalfi. The city of Pisa is situated to the northwest of the resort, with the airport sitting just outside the city. It is just under an hour by car to get to Pisa International Airport from Castelfalfi. 

What golf facilities does Castelfalfi offer?
Along with 27 stunning holes of golf, Castelfalfi also has a Golf Academy, which features a driving range with covered and heated bays. There are also two putting greens and a dedicated chipping area to hone the short game skills.

Does Castelfalfi offer golf lessons?
The Castelfalfi Golf Academy provides tuition and lessons for all sorts of golfers, no matter the age or ability of its guests. The team of qualified professionals can help those just starting out with the game, to analysing and improving the most experienced of golfers. The Castelfalfi Golf Academy provides both individual lessons and group clinics, to get the most of each golfers’ game.

What are the green fees at Castelfalfi?
Due to the nature of the resort, with its 27 holes over two courses, there is a wide range of green fees across the year. Through the summer season (April-October), 18 holes on the Mountain Course will cost €125. To add nine holes on the Lake Course as well to bring your day to 27 holes, it will cost €160.

That is reduced in the winter months (November-March), with the prices at €100 and €140, respectively. 

Is Castelfalfi suitable for families?
The Falfy Kids Club is a Montessori-inspired club especially for the younger guests at Castelfalfi luxury family hotel. Children are welcomed into the Falfy Kids Club, where they can paint pictures, tend to vegetables and explore new adventures. 

There are different age categories in the Falfy Kids Club, to make sure that kids are looked after in the right way. For 3 to 6 year olds, there are multi-game tables and construction toys, where there are multimedia games and traditional Tuscan cooking classes for those aged 6 to 12. 

There is more to do outside as well in the greenery of the Castelfalfi Estate. There is a playground and vegetable garden, while the Castelfalfi Golf Academy is the proud host of Tuscany’s largest youth golf club, with the club having members aged from 6 to 18.

What accommodation is on offer at Castelfalfi?
There is a wide range of accommodation options available at Castelfalfi, from the hotel itself to a number of stunning private villas. The hotel has recently been refined and refurbished to an incredible standard, with even the most basic rooms in the hotel being fitted with sublime finishes. The villas range from four to 16 people, and provide a more private stay at the Italian resort.

What other resorts and courses are nearby?
Castelfalfi is the only resort on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list in the region, but there are plenty of other golf courses to test your game during a stay at Castelfalfi.

Golf Club Le Capanne and Golf Club Livorno are on the west coast of Italy, with Montelupo and Bellosguardo to the north of the resort. 

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