The Florence Golf Club is a British creation from 1889, which makes it the oldest club in Italy. However, the original layout is lost and the present course is three decades the junior of Acquasanta. Which still makes it a classic Golden Age track in every regard.
The site is on the Via Chiantigiana, the main road through the Chianti hills on the way from Florence to Siena. This leads to some spectacular undulations and a good supply of short and tricky holes. The fairways are firm and fast and the green complexes small and slick, neither of which makes the task any easier. There are enough risk/reward situations out there to satisfy even the most discerning player.
Many holes are very memorable for their strategy and even the ones on the flatter part of the site (#13 through #17) are good fun and provide some welcome respite from the roller-coaster ride before and after. With this knack the routing makes the most of the terrain, which certainly does not lend itself to crafting a perfectly balanced golf course. But it fully embodies the spirit of the classic Tuscan landscape as most everyone imagines it to look like.