Via Appia Nuova 716/a, Acqua Santa,
Roma, Lazio 00178
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
5 km SE of Rome
From Rome's ring road (the Grande Raccordo Anulare - GRA), in the south-east of Rome, take exit 23 (Appia) and follow direction Roma center on the Via Appia Nuova. After 6 km the golf club is on your left, but you'll need to drive to the next traffic lights, make a U-turn, and drive back (approx o.8 km) in the opposite direction.
Circolo del Golf di Roma Acquasanta: As in many countries, healthy debate rages as to which golf club is Italy's oldest. Established in 1889, Florence Golf Club (now Ugolino Firenze) lays claim to this title. But Rome Golf Club, which set-up on its Acquasanta site in 1903, would point to 1885 as the actual date the Club was founded, thus making it the country's oldest. Leaving this debate to one side, there is no doubting the old-style charm and sense of history that surrounds Rome Golf Club Acquasanta.
Perhaps lacking sufficient length to satisfy all today's biggest-hitters, this very pleasant, rolling parkland layout, has stood the test of time, and still provides golfers of all levels with a thorough and enjoyable examination. The rise and fall of the course, as it follows the natural contours of this surprisingly rural environment (you are less than 5 km from Rome's centre!), constantly demands good course management and skilful shot-making.
The sometimes narrow and often gently sweeping fairways are lined, although never too densely, with attractive mediterranean pines, eucalyptus and cypresses. Relatively light bunkering is deployed around the usually small and circular greens, which, like the rest of the course, are excellently maintained.
In addition to the pleasant rural countryside around the course, which is also home to several ancient constructions (not least the aqueduct), farther into the distance you look onto a scenic array of villages, hills and mountains.
Visitors welcome on weekdays (but closed on Mondays) and weekends. More restricted at weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 34.
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Roma Acquasanta has hosted many top level tournaments in its time, including the Italian Open Championship in 1950 and 1980 (see our Tournaments section > by Venue > Rome GC).
The Club's name makes reference to the network of aqueducts that supplied Ancient Rome with its water requirements. Built between 312 B.C. (AquaAppia) and 226 A.D. (Aqua Alexandrina) it has been calculated that in imperial times, when the city's population was well over a million, the distribution system could provide each inhabitant with more fresh water than we generally use nowadays.
For most of their length the early aqueducts were simply channels bored through the rock, the depth of the channel maintaining a shallow gradient throughout the length of the aqueduct. Only in the final stretches was the conduit raised on arches, to give a sufficient head for distribution of water within the city. You will get a good view of the remains of one such aqueduct when you play the par-5 7th hole.
Italy's 12th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 177th best course (Golf World, 2023).
Via Appia Nuova 934, 00178 Roma
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The Appia Park Hotel is situated a few steps from the Appia Antica archaeological sight known as "Regina Viarium". All rooms are tastefully decorated and feature soundproofing, air conditioning, direct line telephones and mini bars. In-room electronic safe deposit boxes and satellite television are included in the room rates. A covered parking is available.
Roma Acquasanta (1 km);
Parco de' Medici; Castelgandolfo; Parco di Roma; Marco Simone
Viale Del Pattinaggio 100, Rome 00144
+39 06 54531Visit website
Surrounded by the lush greenery of the EUR district, the Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conf Ctr is located between the historical city center and Fiumicino/Leonardo Da Vinci Airport. The hotel lets you immerse yourself in the best of Italian living in its 640 guestrooms.
Roma Acquasanta; Parco de' Medici
Parco di Roma; Marco Simone; Olgiata; Castelgandolfo
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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