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Pevero Golf Club: the Mediterranean Secret

Costa Smeralda is one of the major ecological successes of the European Tourism Industry.

Under the Sardinian sun, since the late sixties, the most famous people tan in their luxury villas and the European nobility bathe and swim, leaving the world speechless.

In the realization of Pevero, Robert Trent Jones Snr had to deal with the obstacles of nature that he told in his fascinating book Golf’s Magnificent Challenge“; in his book, Jones explains the enormous obstacles that his work team had to face in this formidable ridge along the coast Smeralda.

An anecdote describes a meeting with Prince Aga Khan and a group of Italian agronomists; on the basis of the analyses made on the ground, the agronomists declared that considering the conditions, it would have been impossible to grow the turf. We don’t want to ruin the story giving spoilers, so we only say that they have succeeded in this mission “impossible”.

The development continued and Pevero had, and still has, some of the most beautiful fairways in Europe and the world. Inaugurated in 1972, for years it has been and in some ways remains a well-kept secret.

International Exposure

In fact, this Golf Course is one of the best Golf Courses in the world, and it has international exposure in top magazines such as Forbes, Golf Digest (that in 2020 ranked it Third in Italy), Christie’s, Daily Mail, Luxury Travel Magazine, etc.

 

Golf Digest in the 2020 World Ranking highlights Pevero Golf Club 3rd in Italy

Natural Special Guest, the Mistral

As for the game, it is certainly a memorable experience. Pevero’s holes are designed on a spectacular course, where the Mistral, the north-west wind, is the inevitable protagonist of the game, making the shots even more challenging.

The 18 holes, 6,170 meters long – Par 72 spread over an area of 60 hectares, include 70 bunkers, many obstacles, lakes, rocks, and vegetation.

Its path and the green are considered among the most well-kept in Europe, immersed in an exclusive environment, with amazing and breathtaking views.

Thanks to its technical features and the weather, it represents an ideal destination for every season, in fact, it is open all year round.

The climate is perfect for playing golf even during the winter, in addition, the course has some of the most beautiful hotels in the world nearby and the challenge that the track offers is truly noteworthy.

Summertime in the Pevero Golf Club

Del-Piero-Darren-Clarke-Shevcenko-Zola

 

Juventus Champion Alessandro Del Piero, Darren Clarke, Andriy Shevchenko and Gianfranco Zola pose during The Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament at Pevero Golf Club – Costa Smeralda on June 25, 2016 in Sardinia, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group )

This place is a gathering point for many celebrities and people from the entertainment sector, actors, soccer players, movie directors, and many business moguls.

Photos: In the Costa Smeralda Invitational Event between the guests, there were the famous 007 Pierce Brosnan, Pamela Anderson, the Chelsea Soccer Star Zola.

Every summer, Pevero Golf Club has great special and famous guests, like Will Smith, Nadal that both came last summer.

Will Smith

Another celebrity that came was Will Smith, that was on vacation with his wife Jada Pinkett, and children.
After covering the 18 holes of the Golf Club he wanted to cross the “Hall of Fame” in the Club House dotted with photographs of the great golfers and the many characters who trod the green lawn of this prestigious Costa Smeralda Golf Club.
There were greetings, big smiles, and photos before returning to the boat. In fact, the Philadelphia actor was a guest on a mega yacht located in the bay of Cala di Volpe.

Rafal Nadal

Rafael Nadal, a few hours after the challenge with Federer in Wimbledon 2019, flew to relax on the Costa Smeralda. Arrived in Sardinia he started a tour of Gallura, playing golf, hiking off the coast, diving, sunbathing, and also visiting the best restaurants on the Island.

 

Rafael Nadal, Top Tennis Player, Vacation in Sardinia

Michael Douglas

Michael Douglas was on vacation with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their children, and as soon as he could he went for a round of golf in the Pevero. 

The actor was casually dressed, a baggy pink shorts, a white T-shirt and did hit the course in the sunshine. He said that he loves to golf and enjoys doing it whenever he can.

How to reach the Pevero Golf Club

Costa Smeralda is well connected by scheduled flights to all the main Italian and European cities, but can also be reached by sea from the Italian Peninsula, France, and Corsica.

The nearest airport is Olbia and it is located just 25 km away. Alternatively, it can also be reached from Fertilia Airport (Alghero) and from Elmas Airport (Cagliari), located respectively 170 and 300 km away. The closest ports are, instead, that of Olbia and that of Golfo Aranci, about 25 km away.

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Pevero Golf Club: the Holes

1ST HOLE — OLIVASTRI

Par: 4, Handicap: 9, White Tee: 419 meters, Yellow Tee: 373 meters, Green Tee: 360 meters, Blue Tee: 367 meters, Red Tee: 339 meters, Orange Tee: 326 meters

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

This long Par 4 summarizes the whole route: difficult and spectacular. Spectacular thanks to the majestic background of the Baia del Pevero; difficult for the driver to use who can be “daring” and fly over the trees on the right thus reaching the center of the fairway, or “prudent” and remain short compared to obstacles, but in this case … what a second shot!

2ND HOLE — THE SPHINX

Par: 4, Handicap: 3, White Tee: 373 meters, Yellow Tee: 339 meters, Green Tee: 313 meters, Blue Tee: 337 meters, Red Tee: 312 meters, Orange Tee: 267 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

The bunker on the right — more than 240 meters from the tee — is a good reference point for placing the driver in this dog-leg hole on the left. The second shot is frightening, given that the green is placed on a ridge, surrounded by rocks and by a thick spot that spring wears yellow flowers.

3RD HOLE — ROMAZZINO

Par: 5, Handicap: 1, White Tee: 500 meters, Yellow Tee: 467 meters, Green Tee: 441 meters, Blue Tee: 450 meters, Red Tee: 407 meters, Orange Tee: 400 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

On this “blind” driver, a tree that appears on the centerline of the fairway erroneously points the way: instead, you have to play on the right limit of the fairway which widens once you reach the floor. If the wind does not blow in the opposite direction, from Romazzino, the second blow is without history. Around the green of the animal-shaped rocky boulders are the impassive spectators of a delicate blow with the wedge.

4TH HOLE — GARIBALDI

Par: 4, Handicap: 13, White Tee: 351 meters, Yellow Tee: 348 meters, Green Tee: 314 meters, Blue Tee: 315 meters, Red Tee: 313 meters, Orange Tee: 260 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

In the green waters of the Pevero bay, all the lines of the landscape converge profiles of hills that plunge into the sea, vegetative propagation, and the leaning fairway of this short par 4 which requires precise placement of the drive having the right bunker as a reference. The difficulty of the second shot is to judge the position of the flag on this 45-meter long green.

5TH HOLE — PETRA RUJA

Par: 3, Handicap: 15, White Tee: 187 meters, Yellow Tee: 169 meters, Green Tee: 152 meters, Blue Tee: 160 meters, Red Tee: 148 meters, Orange Tee: 122 meters.

PRO SUGGESTIONS

It is a long iron that is better to direct to the right since the shape of the ground brings the ball back to the green, rather than to the left where a pond swallows the badly played balls.

6TH HOLE — GREAT PEVERO

Par: 4, Handicap: 7, White Tee: 312 meters, Yellow Tee: 305 meters, Green Tee: 290 meters, Blue Tee: 297 meters, Roso Tee: 261 meters, Orange Tee: 253 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

It takes a lot of control, in this short par 4, to place a 230 meters drive on a fairway closed between a bunker and a lake, towards which the wind pushes inexorably. Equally delicate second shot towards a ten-meter wide green and narrow between the lake and two sculptural bunkers.

7TH HOLE — THE BIG WELL

Par: 3, Handicap: 11, White Tee: 195 meters, Yellow Tee: 156 meters, Green Tee: 136 meters, Blue Tee: 143 meters, Red Tee: 111 meters, Orange Tee: 103 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

The difficulty of this par 3 is constituted by the green which extends all the way in length and which must be attached to the bias. When the flag is moved from right to left, it moves away, without giving the impression, of more than fifteen meters. The hit on the green must be evaluated and played without hesitation.

8TH HOLE — ‘IGNA

Par: 4, Handicap: 5, White Tee: 345 meters, Yellow Tee: 336 meters, Green Tee: 308 meters, Blue Tee: 320 meters, Red Tee: 304 meters, Orange Tee: 289 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

On the right, a group of trees on the fairway punishes the minimum slice; on the left, a bunker and a moat covered with shrubs await the milder “hooks”. All that remains is to play a well straight drive of 240 meters in order to reach the elbow of the dog-leg on the left and thus have a full opening to the green, reachable with a 7 iron. The green is large and easy to access.

9TH HOLE — SUSPIRU

Par: 5, Handicap: 17, White Tee: 453 meters, Yellow Tee: 440 meters, Green Tee: 403 meters, Blue Tee: 410 meters, Red Tee: 374 meters, Orange Tee: 370 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

A par 5 of rest in which drive and second shot should not pose problems; the fairway is wide and the large bunkers on the left are well out of line. The third shot can be a simple formality or a terrible shot depending on whether the flag rests on the left side of the green, wide and free, or instead on the right on of a green tongue squeezed between two bunkers.

10TH HOLE — LU MACCIONI

Par: 3, Handicap: 18, White Tee: 170 meters, Yellow Tee: 164 meters, Green Tee: 158 meters, Blue Tee: 139 meters, Red Tee: 135 meters, Orange Tee: 132 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

a narrow path between shrubs, gorse, and mastic trees leads to the tee of 10 from where it is discovered … Cala di Volpe: an emerald sea enclosed in a rocky casket. The green of this par 3 is large and without deception. Only imperative: do not play too long, because the rocks and the scrub behind the green leave no hope for adventurous shots.

11TH HOLE — I GABBIANI (THE SEAGULLS)

Par: 5, Handicap: 10, White Tee: 521 meters, Yellow Tee: 480 meters, Green Tee: 462 meters, Blue Tee: 470 meters, Red Tee: 432 meters, Orange Tee: 425 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

Hitters, watch out! An obstacle of water diagonally crosses the fairway a few dozen meters from the green: the second shot must, therefore, be perfectly evaluated. 8 or 9 iron for a third classic shot towards a green placed longitudinally and defended by three imposing bunkers.

12TH HOLE — GALLICÀNTU

Par: 4, Handicap: 8, White Tee: 356 meters, Yellow Tee: 347 meters, Green Tee: 305 meters, Blue Tee: 310 meters, Red Tee: 302 meters, Orange Tee: 278 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

this long par 4 is not suitable for slicers and two deep bunkers, at drive height and next to the green, collect all the balls that a very sloping fairway converges on. The second shot can change radically depending on the position of the flag: a 6 iron, without too many risks, if it is on the front of the green; an iron 4, bold, if it is placed behind the right bunker.

13TH HOLE — MISTRAL

Par: 4, Handicap: 2, White Tee: 368 meters, Yellow Tee: 351 meters, Green Tee: 293 meters, Blue Tee: 298 meters, Red Tee: 286 meters, Orange Tee: 276 meters

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

Drive blind, but without pitfalls, towards a wide fairway and from where appear, severe and wild, the hills that rise behind Cala di Volpe; they are the imperturbable spectators of the most difficult second stroke of the course; an iron 5 or 6, from a sloping fairway, towards a tiny green, leaning against the inextricable scrub and swept by a frequent wind which is not opposed to any obstacle.

14TH HOLE — TAVOLARA

Par: 3, Handicap: 16, White Tee: 187 meters, Yellow Tee: 165 meters, Green Tee: 155 meters, Blue Tee: 162 meters, Red Tee: 142 meters, Orange Tee: 133 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

In a clover-cut green, flanked by 4 bunkers that extend in every direction their chiseled outlines which, patient, tend their trap to any shot that is just wrong or poorly dosed.

15TH HOLE — LA QUINDICI (THE FIFTEEN)

Par: 5, Handicap: 6, White Tee: 480 meters, Yellow Tee: 470 meters, Green Tee: 443 meters, Blue Tee: 457 meters, Red Tee: 441 meters, Lady Orange Tee: 374.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

A par 5 that “descends” towards Cala di Volpe putting a strain on the players’ nerves on every shot. The tee shot that must be played with power and precision, without being impressed by the thick stain that sometimes pushes on the fairway. On the second shot, with your feet sloping, and which must be played straight even when the wind pushes towards the shrubs and rocks. On the third shot that finally leads to a humpbacked green, guarded by a tree and 5 bunkers.

16TH HOLE — THE JONE’S TRAP

Par: 4, Handicap: 12, White Tee: 292 meters, Yellow Tee: 290 meters, Green Tee: 270 meters, Blue Tee: 271 meters, Red Tee: 269 meters, Orange Tee: 201 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

A hole made for … catastrophes and that can make the most serious hopes fade if the wind is in the game. In fact, if this blows from the left, against all logic, play the drive on the left, in the direction of the lake, because at the bottom of the valley the mistral “ghost” blows in the opposite direction. Even the second shot is not entirely rested: it is necessary to carefully judge the distance to be able to hit a thin green that stretches for 70 meters between a lake and the bunkers.

17TH HOLE — IL DUBBIO (THE DOUBT)

Par: 3, Handicap: 14, White Tee: 166 meters, Yellow Tee: 130 meters, Green Tee: 115 meters, Blue Tee: 125 meters, Red Tee: 112 meters, Orange Tee: 106 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

For this par 3 of 166 meters, two imperatives: do not make mistakes and do not play the flag if it is placed too close to the water, as the “traitor” green takes advantage of the backspin of the shots too well played to roll the ball back, towards the pond.

18TH HOLE — SUA ALTEZZA (ITS HEIGHT)

Par: 5, Handicap: 4, White Tee: 495 meters, Yellow Tee: 475 meters, Green Tee: 460 meters, Blue Tee: 466 meters, Red Tee: 411 meters, Orange Tee: 405 meters.

THE MASTER’S SUGGESTIONS

A drive and a second hit that is good do not suffer from “slice”, under penalty of going to visit the large bunkers, bring the player in front of a raised, imposing, and vast green. The difficulty lies in judging exactly the position of the flag.

Originally published at https://govonipartners.com on April 27, 2020. The holes description was originally taken from https://www.peverogolfclub.com