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If you look at a map of the region, you will see that its towns and golf courses are strung along a straight line, stretching from Rimini on the Adriatic coast to Piacenza in the north. Starting our golfing voyage of discovery near Piacenza on Emilia Romagna’s north western border, we will find the Croara Country Club in a hillside setting which enjoys a mild climate. The course, which hosted the first Italian Women’s Open, lies halfway between the Trebbia river and the lower slopes of the Apennines. Its layout offers 18 testing holes, with narrow fairways surrounded by naive woodland. Don’t miss the medieval village and the Castle of Rivalta, close to Croara. Standing sentinel in the lush hillsides surrounding the ancient spa town of Salsomaggiore is the Salsomaggiore Golf & Thermae. Inaugurated in 1992, the course’s rippling fairways and tight, fast greens are laid out in 70 hectares of parkland and garden, 360 metres above sea. The golf is superb and the setting matchless. This is Verdi’s country and the house where the great musician was born can be visited at Roncole Verdi. Riolo la Torre GC Also here, near the medieval cities of Parma, Cremona and Mantova, is the La Rocca Golf Club, close to the pretty Sala Baganza ducal village. La Rocca also enjoys a spectacular setting and panoramic views across Parma’s plains. This is a moderately difficult course running among woods of oaks, Volume 3 • Issue 32 25