People Who Make Monaco: Sophie Sandolo

A Monaco resident for over 20 years, golfer Sophie Sandolo’s sporting prowess and undeniable good looks have seen her win an army of fans from across the globe. A European Tour golfer and the first ladies tour player to participate in a pre-Olympic event, Sophie’s talents are not only limited to the driving range. The Italian is also passionate about sailing and can speak three languages. In this week’s The 60 Second Interview, we discover what Sophie loves about the Principality.

Q: How long have you lived in the Principality?

I have lived in Monaco for about 20 years.

Q: What three traits define you?  

Honesty, determination and loyalty.

Q: Who are your heroes?

I have many heroes depending on the phases of my life. Tiger Woods was probably the major one when I was growing up but also Severiano Ballesteros, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or even Lindsey Vonn.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Winning the Hassan II Trophy in Morocco was the major highlight of my professional career.

Q: What has been the greatest challenge of your career so far?

A few years ago I had to stop my career completely due to three Herniated disks. The doctors said it was either an operation or lots of workout and physiotherapy without being sure of one day coming back to competition. I chose the second option and went to the Monte-Carlo Joint Repair where I worked every single day with Luc and Julien.  After 6 months I was able to hit my first shots again and several weeks later I was back on tour and made one of the best season in my career.  Thanks to them I learned how to prevent those injuries and stay in shape the best possible way.

Q: Where is your favorite place to eat or drink in Monaco?

I love sushi and Moshi Moshi in Fontvielle became one of my favourite restaurants.

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t a professional golfer?

I am very passionate about many things going from the artistic works such as photography or into sports again as a professional sailor… who knows what I would have done!

Q: How do you define success?

Success is hard to define. For me it is becoming the best version of myself. It is a constant learning and reconfiguration of your own self to become the best person you can be in any single part of your life

Q: What is your favourite book?

The autobiography of Andre Agassi is one of them.

Q: Tell us something that might surprise us about you.  

I am shy

Q: What do you love about Monaco?

Everything, starting from the high level of security to the multicultural community.

Q: If you could have one wish, what would it be?

The ability to tele-transport myself and go everywhere instantly

Q: Why is Monaco and the Côte d’Azur a great place for golf?

The South of France is a paradise for golfers because of the weather essentially.  The conditions are perfect all year round and we have some beautiful golf courses going from the Monte Carlo golf club to Royal Mougins, Terre Blanche or Vidauban.