Via di Santo Spirito 13,
Castelgandolfo, nr Roma, Lazio 00040
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
Robert Trent Jones Sr.
22 km SE of Rome
From Rome's ring road (the Grande Raccordo Anulare - GRA), in the south of Rome, take exit 23 and follow the SS7 (Via Appia Nuova) direction Albano. After approx 7 km, in Frattochie, bear right onto the SS207 (Via Nettunense), direction Nettunese / Anzio / Aprilia. After 3.3 km turn left at the “Pavona Laghetto” sign, and follow the blue sign, direction Castelgandalfo Golf. After 50 m turn left onto Via Santo Spirito. After o.7 km turn right into Via Santa Maria and follow road to Castelgandolfo Golf.
Country Club Castelgandolfo: The jewels of this wonderful Stay&Play venue are Castelgandolfo's 17th century palatial clubhouse and an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Robert Trent Jones, and neatly contained within a former volcano crater. Looking down from the towering mansion, the lightly tree-lined, parkland course is handsomely laid out before you.
The two nine-hole loops quickly descend into the bowl of the volcano crater, ensuring most of the course occupies relatively flat or gently sloping terrain. The only climbing you'll do is coming back up towards the mansion at the 9th and 18th holes. A few deep breaths may be needed before the toughest ascent, from the 18th green back to the stately clubhouse.
The parkland environment here is mainly open, with a liberal scattering of olive, pine and cypress trees. The bunkering, in true RTJ fashion, is stylish and plentiful. Two good sized lakes ensure water comes into play on at least five holes, with the par-4 4th and short risk-reward par-4 16th, threading their way between the lakes, water flanking both sides of both holes. Of the par-3s only the 7th hole brings water into play.
Picturesque villas, perched on the crater rim, look down onto the course, while the slightly more elevated 13th and 14th holes give you a panoramic view back across the course, beyond the mansion and up to the churches and castles of Castel Gandolfo village. This enjoyable and stylish layout, could perhaps benefit from slightly better maintenance, although that is perhaps the only thing to detract from its "must play when in Rome" status.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 34.
Soft spikes preferred. Players generally walk this course.
Castelgandolfo's clubhouse and top-quality restaurant facilities are located in a stunning 17th century mansion, which looks down onto the golf course. The palatial residence was originally built for Cardinal Flavio Chigi (1711-1771), who also carried the titles of Prince of Farnese, Duke of Ariccia and was a nephew of Fabio Chigi (Pope Alexander VII).
Castel Gandolfo itself is a pretty hill-town perched high above Lake Albano (Lago di Albano), and is the location of the Pope's summer residence. Castel Gandolfo is one of the Castelli Romani, historic towns dotted around the wooded Alban Hills, which is dominated by grand villas.
Castelgandolfo Golf has hosted many top level tournaments, including the European Tour on two occasions (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Castelgandolfo).
Italy's 57th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Via di Santo Spirito 13, Castelgandolfo 00040 (Roma)
+39 06 9316 0911Visit website
The Castelgandolfo Golf Resort is located close to the Golf Clubhouse and comprises 24 panoramic suites, tastefully furnished and each with its own separate access. Every room has a mini bar and satellite TV. The suites look out onto the golf course, and Resort guests benefit from all the facilities the Club offers to its members.
Roma Acquasanta; Parco de' Medici
Via Appia Nuova 190, km 19, Marino (Roma)
+39 06 930 0254Visit website
A comfortable 3-star hotel located on the Via Appia Nuova, between Rome's ring road and Castelgandolfo. Breakfast and a snack bar are available, but not an evening restaurant. Swimming pool during the summer months.
Roma Acquasanta; Parco de' Medici
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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