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Raymond 1 Review

An excellent round of golf-A challenging course and great food

It was a longtime that I wanted to play this golf course in the heart of the Tuscan maremma region (played Argentario and Punta Ala golf clubs).

Saturnia golf club is part of the famous Saturnia hotel renown for its thermal baths and pool. One has a choice of staying at this hotel and add a spa and/or golf package. Alternatively, we stayed in a B & B about 1 km away called Poggio Bertino with a much more modest cost and of good quality.

Before I describe the course, which is a challenging track, I would recommend scheduling a tee time so that you finish your round between 1 and 2 pm.

This is because one MUST have lunch at the clubhouse. It is an extraordinary and well-deserved gastronomic reward concluding what can be an arduous round (more details later in the write up).

Pluses-

- the course is well maintained.
- The greens are in good shape, have a good roll and are fast.
- The greens fee and golf cart (highly recommended but you can walk the hilly course) are reasonable.
- Awesome restaurant.

Noteworthy observations-

- at first glance, you are not "wowed" by the course's topography or its location
- Tricky to get to the club house and first tee
- Locker rooms with a small shower to freshen up.
- Limited potable water so bring enough to drink (water coolers on the 10 th and 11 th tees only)
- Dry and hot summer temperatures can affect your stamina, fairway and rough conditions.

Course design- 4.5 stars

The Californian architectural firm that designed the course took the rolling Tuscan pasture and built an excellent course.

Nestled between the towns of Saturnia and Montemerano which you can see both from the 4 th tee is a fairly nondescript track of land. Upon arrival, the scenery is dry, large open land, few trees and rolling countryside.

Yet, the eye can be very deceiving making what appears to be an easy experience when in fact it is the opposite. You will find the driving range and putting green (between the 3 rd green and 4th tee) quite a distance from the rustic club house. This current location was to have been temporary but is now permanent and the old farmhouse structure has nice views to enjoy your post round lunch.

Overall the course is a par 72 with yardage of 7,000 from the back, 6400 from the middle and 5200 from the front tees.

The front 9 posts a par 37 with three par 5's that are not especially long but require accurate shots to score. One of the par 5s, number 5 ranging in distance between 450-490 yards depending on the position of the men's tees, is more about three target shots than it is distance.

The second hole is a nice and difficult par 3 regardless of your tee box. With water always in play and a sloping green, expect a par to be a good achievement.

Of the par 4's, the 9 th hole is fun with a down hill tee shot to the green which is very reachable.

Man made lakes come into play on the first three holes while the remainder have used the natural ditches and stream beds that dot the course.

The back 9 posts a par 35 with the course's most difficult hole being number 13 a par 4 requiring two (not long but) critically well-placed shots for even a chance at par. Given the six par 4s, making birdies and pars will be a challenge. Excluding hole 13, you will be faced with some delicate first and second shots on 12,16,17 and 18.

The designers were good at integrating the land and contour into a game that places a premium on accuracy and not always on length.

Conditions 4 stars

Considering the summer dry season, the course was in good shape. Tee boxes, fairways and greens were good. Cut for a fast roll, the greens held those well struck balls with backspin. Some holes had obvious and hidden breaks that made 1-putt strokes a challenging event.

Price 4 stars

The price base on quality and experience is very good. We chose a one day greens fee which was €60 plus cart.

I know that packages at the Saturnia hotel has room and board with golf and the spa options.

Pace of play 5 stars

A Monday 10:30 tee time yielded a round (with cart) of 4 hours and 15 minutes for a twosome. With literally no other players around other than numerous holes ahead and behind us, we took our time.

Staff 5 stars

The staff at the club house are very nice and hospitable. It makes for a pleasurable start and end of a golf round.

The managers, a great husband and wife duo, will tantalize you with gastronomic delicacies after your round.

As an antipasto, I would recommend a tray of the maremma cold cuts. You should follow this with their home-made tortellone (literally one big one) with ricotta cheese and spinach.

You can proceed with other dishes, but I was full and finished with a freshly made dessert.

Golfing is all about the total experience of your game, the course design and condition. Saturnia delivers the added dimension of a delicious repas as a cure to your golfing "wounds". It is a must play.

mattmartigan 2 Reviews

Great place

A great place to relax, play golf, and enjoy tuscany. I played during the weekend... not too busy, well kept, and the food in the club house is very nice. Obviously took a bath in the nearby hotsprings... highly recommended

martins 41 Reviews
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Worth a detour

The layout is appealing, water and bunkers demand the whole game. Poor condition good, greens not fast but alright.
Unfortunately one notices the resort thought with the management, since nevertheless some bunkers were leveled, (one recognizes from the overview plan) probably in order to increase the "success experiences" of the guests.
But still a recommendation.

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wm1961 3 Reviews
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It works

Unfortunately, at the moment, the bunkers and the green are deficient. In part, almost a cheek, that you do not get a discount so bad are the green. Otherwise a nice place, few people, nice staff, very good restaurant.

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Pit Blitz 5 Reviews
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Simply beautiful

We have been playing the course for several years now on vacation. The place is always in good condition. He is athletic if you want to go. But this is quite possible. You should not miss the small but nice clubhouse with the delicious food to visit.

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anton-fritz 134 Reviews
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All good

Nice grounds, great greens and challenging fairways.
Very nice care in the clubhouse and discounts on the Tuscany Card. The pasta after the game, in the very nice restaurant on the terrace, was friendly served and was excellent.

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Peter R 44 Reviews
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Like the spa so the golf course

We played this place on October 4,2017, approaching from the sea lengthy ca 1,5h. but what we then experienced has compensated us. friendly reception, as well as after the round of the club manager and the services in the restaurant, which is in an old building. Place in good condition for the long dry season, but briefly put, since the guests are apparently high HCPper and gladly have success experiences. after the round we have still the recommendation to plunge us to the thermal baths, since the 37 degrees warm and high sulfur water is good for the skin. which is then also true. so an arrival is worthwhile.

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Theo S. 1 Review
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How to earn five stars

We played the place on Saturday, 23.09.2017. The very friendly club manager pointed out to us that we could start at Tee1, but at the same time started flights of an already running tournament at Tee10. It is unlikely, however, that it is impossible.
The first nine holes were so good for us that we had already started playing Tee11 on the last flight of the tournament, which had just started on Tee10. A matched official immediately offered us a break, so we could play a green-free round as guests of the club the next day. This - from our point of view generous - offer we accepted thanks, especially since we could also choose the start time. The club would not have had to.
To this outstanding friendliness of all club staffs also fit the place. Wonderfully integrated into the landscape, sometimes really tricky, the fun is given for beginners and advanced. The state of care is topp, because in spite of the remaining dry phase the place is in a very good condition. We will be back.

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Peter T. 14 Reviews
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Unfortunately no go

I played of the place today. What we found was a word naughty. Normal green fees, buggy for € 55 for a place in a terrible condition. Tees and fairways dried, greens were thickly covered with sand bunker looked like mud holes for water buffalo. The paths cross often a wide ditch which is lined with shrubs and tall trees. 2-3 times is ok and exciting, but I think it's 6-7 times over it, which is then rather boring. The distances between the holes are extremely long and tiring, added difficulty is that they are in terrible condition.
It may well be that the place can be great, as others describe him, the place would have to be locked in the present situation. Since we booked the place on the Argentario Golf Resort, Saturnia had to book so not may assume. Saturnia GC we will shun in future. ,

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Response from Procolo Sabbatino, Club Manager at Terme di Saturnia Golf Club
October 7, 2016

Dear Mr Peter, Thank you for choosing our Golf Course and for spending youre time for a review. I am so sorry for your disappointment but let me explain some details. Our Golf Course follows all the… More

Dear Mr Peter,

Thank you for choosing our Golf Course and for spending youre time for a review.
I am so sorry for your disappointment but let me explain some details.
Our Golf Course follows all the procedures necessary for the respect of the environment, and the natural context, for this reason in order not to create Gaps between the natural colours of Maremma landscape we use bermuda grass, that becomes yellow coloured during the fall and winter time and we are one of the few courses to use the natural method of winter overseeding in oder to have a natural green effect when it becomes yellow.
For the same purpose of respecting the environment, we do not have any concrete paths along the course but only gravel ones.
Regarding the bunkers, it is the first time we have problems, dued by three heavy rainy days.
Greens, as normal maintanance interventions, have been slightly topdressed with sand and the wet ground didn'let the sand get into the grass and it remained partially on the surface.
I would like to have you again as Guest on our Golf Course so that you can enjoy the real beauty of our Golf Course.
Thank for your review, very important for us to improve.

Warm Regards.

Procolo Sabbatino

Dirk L. 3 Reviews
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Worth it!

We played the course at 19:06:16 and we really liked it!
Everything something familiar and from the reception, to club managers were all absolutely friendly and very concerned about the welfare of the guests!
We have experienced the place in great condition. Fairways good, neat haircuts and directional stability greens. A place as one imagines him in Tuscany! Fair play, but challenging. No hole is like any other and it is worthwhile in any case on Course Management to work (- ;!
The only downer: The journey is a little adventurous. But it is worthwhile in any case!

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pathfinder 17 Reviews
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Still a little gem and certainly a must

Have played the course on 5/13/16. Although the course is pretty much in the Pampas, the must have played. There really were good course architects at work. All holes as a unified whole. Fair and played with a lot of fun. Clubhouse small but with a very tasty food and super friendly directing at the counter and in the Secretariat. And the best we were almost alone on the court. A real treat. Whether that is however a long time yet? This place I will certainly come play. The trip is worth it

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Pinseeker 18 Reviews
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Diamond

Beautiful quiet place in "Niemann country". We are booted from Argentario. Spent a super nice day and were completely alone on the court. Reasonable green fees, cart over cracks. Can be played very well even on foot. Not miss Spas around!!! Necessarily wrap swimsuit and finish in the warm water after your round of golf the day. Absolutely! Real Tuscany!

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golf-fun 29 Reviews
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Wow!

Very nice and pretty hard!
Friendly staff and a wonderful pasta in the clubhouse!
Any time!

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marcel.hess@me.com 6 Reviews
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Worth a journey - not only because of the Gulf

Overall, nice and well kept place. From the championship tees to play long, and a good score for a right piece of work. But also of the Regular Mens Tees not short. Some spectacular fairways that are very nice embedded in the landscape. The 5-star hotel on the square is very beautiful and has everything pleased to non golfers. In the village of Saturnia, there are two, three magnificent Ristoranti (Due Cippi da Michele example). Similarly, in the nearby Montemerano (Ristorante da Caino). Many beautiful villas all around, where you will be well entertained (eg Relais Villa Acquaviva). Worth a visit, not just for golfers!

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Italienfreund 11 Reviews
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To play nice

Very nice place with lots of surprises and beautiful views. The game here has made us great fun and we would not hesitate to play there again. Only the food situation in the clubhouse is just for an Italian club (the a *** hotel connected more than poor( cold snacks only).

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lerus 13 Reviews
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Golfers alone place

Have played this course several times and hardly saw each other player. Extensive grounds - very quiet. Senior Friendly green fee of € 30 - will be offered immediately. Some tricky holes on streams - well-maintained complex. Then recommended a bath in the nearby spa resort or even for free in closer thermal Bach - bluish thermal water with about 37 degrees -.

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