Circolo Golf Torino had it's beginnings in 1920, but came of age when it moved to the parkland setting at La Mandria in Turin.
English architect John Morrison was appointed to design the Blue course at La Mandria in 1956, and followed up with the Yellow course a few years later.
Morrison was a partner with Harry Colt and known for his design work at Biella (nearby), as well Sunningdale New, Princes & Hosseger.
Morrison was Captain at Sunningdale and his designs throughout Europe bear some resemblance to the English heathland or woodlands courses.
The beautiful parkland setting at La Mandria was perfect for a woodlands type course with water and trees being the key hazards.
Trees frame the fairways, and water hazards threaten on ten of the holes.
Morrison's bunkering is simple but strategically placed.
The parkland setting is flat, but architect Canadian Grahame Cook added some subtle mounding in the late 90's to soften the look somewhat and prepare for The 1999 Italian Open.
Torino is a championship course and has hosted Open a number of times since.
It is no coincidence that golfing brothers Francesco & Edoardo Molinari grew up playing at Torino.
I played the Blue course as part of a conference group and enjoyed my day, although a shotgun start can mess with your impressions somewhat.
For me the more memorable holes were those involving water hazards/burns around the greens- hole 1, 3, 8, 13 & 16.
I also played nine holes on the Yellow course where holes 14 & 15 stood out.
Torino is one of the better golfing facilities in Italy.
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