Diana Luna’s guide to Golf Gerre Losone

Diana Luna´s victory at the Deutsche Bank Ladies’ Swiss Open was her most prestigious to date. It was a tough battle that wasn’t settled until the 72nd hole. Here the 2011 event champion from Italy gives us her guide to the Golf Gerre Losone course.

“You need to keep your focus,” Diana Luna

Ten years after turning professional and a year after the birth of her daughter, Elena, Diana Luna from Italy won two tournaments on the Ladies European Tour in 2011. Her victory at the Deutsche Bank Ladies’ Swiss Open was her most prestigious to date. It was a tough battle that wasn’t settled until the 72nd hole. Here the 2011 event champion from Italy gives us her guide to Golf Gerre Losone. 

Par 72 – 5753 metres / 6292 yards

Designer: Peter Harradine; Opened: September 2001

Hole 1 – Par 5

460 metres/503 yards

A nice opening par 5.  It's very hard to get in two shots onto this green, for the distance of course but also because there is not much room on the sides. I always try to laeave myself an 80 meters shot to the pin, which is a distance I am very comfortable to play with an easy 52°wedge.

Hole 2

Hole 2 – Par 3

125 metres/137 yards

This par 3 is not very long, so you can try to be pretty close to the pin. It's important to be on the right side of the pin to have an easier birdie putt.

Hole 3

Hole 3 – Par 5

449 metres/ 491 yards

You always have a good birdie chance on this par 5, which is reachable in two, but you have to be careful because the green is well protected by a bunker on the left side, as well as an out of bounds pretty close on the right. I had few birdies on this hole: most of the times even a lay-up is a very good idea.

Hole 4

Hole 4 – Par 3

145 metres / 159 yards

This is for sure the toughest par 3 on this course. It's not a short hole and you really need to be below the pin, as the putt from the back is very hard to play. Last year I've been pretty accurate with my long irons, and that helped very much on this hole.

Hole 5

Hole 5 – par 4

310 metres / 339 yards

This par 4 is not long, but the shot into the green is delicate, as the water hazard can come quickly into play. Last year I preferred to hit a driver from the tee, as the landing area was soft and I wanted a shorter club in my hands. 


Hole 6

Hole 6 – Par 4

382 metres / 418 yards

 A very good par 4. I always try with my drive to hit a draw on the right side of the fairway to have a slightly shorter shot to the green. When the course is a little wet, you can really have a long club to hit into this long green of two tiers. Sometimes it can be easier to chip, then to have a putt from the wrong tier of the green, as the putt can be not easy to judge.

Hole 7

Hole 7 – Par 3

140 metres / 153 yards

It's a medium distance par 3: most of the times I played a 7 or a 6 iron. You have to double check the wind, as it's coming mostly from the left side and can be deceiving.

Hole 8

Hole 8 – Par 4

312 metres / 341 yards

This par 4 is not long but pretty tight. I played either a driver or a 3 wood from the tee, depending on the wind. You need to be careful with your approach shot: as you have a short club in your hands and the green is sloped from back to front, you can get too much back-spin, so most of the times you need to pitch long of the pin.

Hole 9

Hole 9 – Par 4

361 metres / 395 yards

Probably one of the hardest hole on this course. This beautiful par 4 has a very narrow landing area -with water on the right side and a hard rough on the left- especially if you want to hit a driver from the tee. As the course was soft last year, I always did: you don't want a very long shot into this green, which is far to be an easy one.  

Hole 10

Hole 10 – Par 4

356 metres / 389 yards

Nice par 4. You can keep more right then you think with your driver, as the fairway is opening on the right side of the landing area.  Then you still need a good shot into this little green, well protected by a water hazard on the right.

Hole 11

Hole 11 – Par 3

116 metres / 127 yards

This little par 3 can be a tricky hole especially if the pin is short right, as the water hazard is not far at all, and most of the times the wind is helping. So even if you're playing a wedge or a 9 iron you still need to keep your focus.


Hole 12

Hole 12 – Par 4

116 metres / 127 yards

On this short par 4 I want to be on the right side of the fairway, as I get a better angle to the green. Very often I played a 3 wood from the tee, as the landing area is much bigger and you still have a short club to the green. If you're not close to the pin, the putt can be quite tricky, especially if you're not on the right tier.

Hole 13

Hole 13 – Par 4

381 metres / 417 yards

This par 4 became very long last year, with the course in wet conditions. The green is fairly big, but not easy as it's very wavy. With a long pin it's really hard:  if you're short it's very difficult to judge the putt, but if you try to be on the upper tier, you can easily go into the thick rough behind the green. 

Hole 14

Hole 14 – Par 4

358 metres / 392 yards

On this par 4 is very important to place the ball on the left side of the fairway with your driver, as you get a much better angle to the green. Most of the times the wind comes into, so you have a long second shot for this small green.

Hole 15

Hole 15 – Par 5

472 metres / 516 yards

Nice par 5, that's not reachable in two, also because the green is well protected by a bunker on the front. I use to lay-up with something between an hybrid and a 5 iron, leaving me between 70 and 80 meters to the pin. This hole is a good birdie chance close to the finish.

Hole 16

Hole 16 – Par 4

345 metres / 377 yards

This is a "risk and reward" hole. If you lay-up right of the stone, it's an easy tee-shot but then you have a 5 or 6 iron to the green, and not a great angle. If you play your drive left of the middle mound; it's a little risky but then you have an easy shot to the green. I personally think it's worth it.

Hole 17

Hole 17 – Par 4

323 metres / 353 yards

This fairway is very tight and many girls decide to play the drive on the 16th fairway, to take out of play the water hazard on the left side. I did it few times as well, depending on the wind and on the pin position. 


Hole 18

Hole 18 – Par 5

409 metres / 447 yards

I think this is a great finishing hole. This reachable par 5 can be rewarding but is challenging. To have a good chance to reach the green in two shots, you need a perfect drive just on the right side of the fairway. Then you still need to go over the water if you want to go for the green. Last year I played a great 5-wood the last day and that was my winning shot, because I managed to stop the ball pretty close to the pin. I didn't make the eagle putt, but luckily for me, birdie was enough to win!



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Published: 14/06/2012

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