Golf Architects/Designers: Marco Croze

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Marco Croze is considered Italy’s most diligent golf architect and one of the best European golf designers, born in in Venice in 1940 within a prestigious family filled with love for golf. As a child, thanks to his father, the President of the historic Venice Golf Club, he discovered his great passion for the green, and grew up in the heart of Venice, Piazza San Marco, where the family owns, since 1846, the Missiaglia Jewellery Shop, the most ancient and famous in the city. He graduated at the University of Venezia with a degree in architecture in 1965, at the beginning of his career; he had as teachers and masters two great architects in golf history: the English architect John D. Harris, whom he represented in Italy, and Pete Dye. He joined them both in realizing important projects.

With Harris he has worked on the golf course projects and construction of Albarella (Venezia), Le Fronde (Torino) and Udine, with Pete Dye at Franciacorta and with European Golf Design he cooperated on the construction of Asolo Golf on the initiative of Benetton family. Some of the most enjoyed Italian courses exhibit his signature, such as the course in Lignano Sabbiadoro, the Golf Club Des Iles Borromees in Stresa, the Frassanelle Golf Club, the “Riva dei Tessali” in Puglia, the Franciacorta course, just to remember some of them.

His idea is to create a course where the line between the beginning of his work and the end of the untouched nature cannot be told. His projects melt and live harmonically entangled with the natural and untouched landscape. The passion and excitement for his work can be read through the lines from the tones he uses when he describes it. Recently he has been working to the realization of several projects, Jesolo (Venezia), Metaponto (Matera), Napoli, Fiera di Primiero (Trento), Lubiana and Portoroz in Slovenia.

He is founding member and counsellor of the Italian Association for Golf Course (AIACG) and senior member of the EIGCA (European Institute of Golf Course Architects); he was President of the Venice Golf Club for more than ten years.