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Pros: Open and wooded holes. Nice hike and climb on the mountainside. Large concrete tile pads. Good signage. Beautiful view. Worth the drive from Florence.
Cons: Only 9 holes right now but looking to expand to 18. Gravity not kind to discs rolling down the mountainside. Terraced so hopefully a roller will stop on a level.
Other Thoughts: Beautiful view from the mountainside. Owners are wonderful people. Made the mistake of following the GPS to the top of the mountain. Stop in the 1st structure at the bottom on the road. Discs were available for sale. Played on a 100 degree day and was invited to take a dip in the pool. Looks like a great place to stay. Email or call ahead.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful.
8 Helpful / 0 Not
Italian mountainside disc golf
Pros: Setting - the course is literally on top of a mountain (not a huge one, granted, but definitely still a mountain), with great views of the surrounding valley and Florence far in the distance as well.
Variety - very good mix. When we first arrived and I saw the holes going back and forth on switchbacks up the open mountainside with scattered olive trees, I thought it would be that way for all 9 holes, but the last half is actually in the woods higher up the mountainside.
Teepads, baskets, and signs - the teepads were very large and made of some kind of big patio stone. Definitely ample room for a good approach
Difficulty - the level of difficulty was not huge, but enough to keep it exciting. There is certainly a risk of losing a disc down the mountainside if you aren't careful. I'm sure if the grass would have been more mowed when we were there, we would've been in danger on the first few holes of a few discs rolling all the way down to the valley. Hole 9 is a very dangerous hole in fact, throwing downwards around a blind curve, with drop-offs on 3 sides of the basket - Send someone down ahead of you to watch your disc on that one.
Cons: Only 9 holes - in reality this isn't a true con, but it sort of is. This course would definitely go up at least half a point in my book with another 9 holes.
Difficulty - I mentioned this as a pro above, but only half-heartedly. All of the holes are quite short, albeit some of them with decent obstacles and dangers as I said above. A little distance on some of them would help though.
Other Thoughts: We stayed in a house there on the mountainside that is actually on the dg course itself, right below basket #9. It is one of the houses for rent at the agriturismo (Italian bed and breakfast type thing). So, that was cool staying in a house on a mountain with a dg course in your backyard.
The lady in charge of the Pietrabuona agriturismo, Stella, is very nice and accommodating, and speaks good English.
Overall, definitely the best of the 3 courses in Italy. Granted, I haven't actually played the Talamone course yet, but from the looks of it, I think I'm safe making this assertion about Pietrabuona.
Lastly, it doesn't cost anything to play - just e-mail Stella in advance and ask her if you can play there. Her e-mail is on the Pietrabuona website.
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