The European Challenge Tour heads to Florence for the inaugural Mugello Tuscany Open, which marks the first of three visits to Italy this season. The €150,000 event will be played at the acclaimed UNA Poggio dei Medici Golf Club, which is set in the beautiful Mugello region in the heart of Tuscany and affords unrivalled views of the surrounding landscape. The 7,114 yard (6,503 metres), par 71 Championship Course, which played host to the Ladies Italian Open between 1999 and 2003, was co-designed by Italian architect Alvise Rossi Fioravanti and European Tour champion Baldovino Dassù. Dassù was a regular competitor on The European Tour in the 1970s and 1980s and a winner of two Tour titles in 1976, the second of which came at the Italian Open, where he beat England’s Carl Mason and Spaniard Manuel Piñero – both now fellow European Senior Tour Members – by eight shots. Prior to that, he defeated former US PGA Champion Hubert Green by a single shot at the Dunlop Masters at St Pierre in Chepstow, England. The event, which is being promoted and sponsored by UNA Hotels & Resorts, the Tuscany Region and the Italian Golf Federation, will also mark the start of the Pilsner Urquell Pro Tour, Italy’s national Tour.