| Soiano del Lago, Brescia, Italy|
Cotton, Pennick, Steel & Partners
64 - Bernhard Langer (1997 Italian Open)
Ladies Italian Open, Kronenbourg Open
The Gardagolf Country Club is an Italian golf course located in Soiano del Lago,but the playing field also occupies with the municipalities of Polpenazze del Garda and Manerba del Garda; close to the Lake Garda in the Province of Brescia.
The first 18 holes (Red and White Course) designed by Cotton, Pennick, Steel & Partners were inaugurated on the 28th of June 1986, while the Yellow Course was added in 1990. The club hosted the Italian Open twice in 1997 and 2003, the Kronenbourg Open in 1993, and the Ladies Italian Open in 1990.
Gardagolf is the home club of the 4 times European Tour winner Matteo Manassero where he started playing the game as a kid with the club pro Franco Maestroni. Challenge Tour players Nino Bertasio and Andrea Maestroni also play for Gardagolf.
The 1997 Italian Open will be remembered for the final head to head between Bernhard Langer and José María Olazábal: they arrived tied at the uphill 18th hole when the Spaniard hooked the driver, hit the big tree on the left and ended up losing the tournament. Since then, that tree is referred to by many members as the Olazábal Tree. Langer closed the tournament with a final 64 which is currently the course record.
The 2003 Italian Open marked the last appearance in the competition for Severiano Ballesteros.
Gardagolf Country Club Wikipedia