An exclusive mountain retreat in the Italian Alps, a region renowned for its alpine skiing and technical climbing, has opened a private golf club at an altitude of 1,200 meters. Nicknamed "A green in heaven," the course—laid out by Ron Kirby, who worked with Dick Wilson and Robert Trent Jones Sr. early in his career—sits high in the Dolomite Mountains beside San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, a converted 16th-century hunting lodge. Given the severity of the steeply sloped site in the Pusteria Valley, Kirby incorporated a flat helipad area in his design. The course has nine flag positions and six tees, with three flags of different colors positioned on the green. The green itself is a replica of the Valley of Sin found on the 18th hole of the Old Course at St. Andrews.