Via Cassia km 44.5,
Sutri, Lazio 01015
18 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
George and Jim Fazio
4 km NW of Monterosi / 44 km NW of Rome.
From Rome's ring road (the Grande Raccordo Anulare-GRA), in the north of Rome, take exit 5 (Viterbo/Cassia Bis) and head north (away from Rome) on the SS2bis (which becomes the SS2), direction Viterbo. After approx 33 km (and 4 km after Monterosi) turn left at km 45 marker, direction Le Querce Golf/Golf Nazionale. After 100 m turn left and enter Golf Nazionale.
Golf Nazionale: Originally known as Le Querce (in English, The Oaks), the club's name was changed some time ago to the somewhat less evocative Golf Nazionale. Name change aside, the club remains home to an excellent 18-hole championship golf course, which has benefitted from the combined design skills of George Fazio and his nephew Jim Fazio.
In this quiet and scenic rural idyll, the layout weaves its way across pleasantly undulating and mainly open countryside. Occasionally the fairways are tree-lined, but more often a colourful array of wild flowers and grasses lie in wait to swallow-up anything hit too far offline. From start to finish this is as natural and scenic a test of golf as you'll find in Italy, with many stretches resembling the heathland courses of Britain and Ireland.
Expansive bunkering threatens along many fairways and around the fast and undulating greens, while also accentuating the stylish appearance of each hole. Water comes into play on four or five occasions; a deep, "jungle-filled" stream putting in two dangerous appearances at the challenging par-4 10th hole. Among a challenging collection of par-3s, the wonderful 9th hole fits perfectly with its surroundings, two large oaks (Querce) and a cypress tree provide your 'sighters' from the tee. The rolling fairways are sometimes good-width, at other times testingly tight.
If links golf courses represent the very best of seaside golf, then Golf Nazionale (Le Querce) has everything you could want from an inland course. There is a sublime interplay of sharp-edged bunkering, rolling fairways, trees, bushes and grasses. Beyond the course the blissful Latium countryside climbs its way to scenic mountains.
Stay & Play at Golf Nazionale: onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends. More restricted at weekends. Closed on Wednesdays.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 34.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2020].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Golf Nazionale is located just a few kilometres from two contrasting local attractions: Lake Bracciano and the ancient town of Sutri. Lago di Bracciano is not just an important tourist destination in the Lazio region, it is also a vital part of Rome's water supply. It is a crater lake of volcanic origin and the largest lake around Rome. The town of Sutri (in Latin, Sutrium) is picturesquely situated on a narrow volcanic hill, surrounded by ravines. One of the most notable buildings is a Roman period rock-hewn amphitheatre.
As Le Querce, the course has hosted many top-level competitions, including the 1991 World Cup of Golf. For more details view Top Golf Tournaments at Le Querce GC.
2018 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in continental Europe.
Via Cassia km 45, Sutri, nr Viterbo
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23 comfortable guest-rooms are located onsite at Golf Nazionale, located directly alongside the golf clubhouse. Although situated just under 40 km from the centre of Rome, this wonderfully quiet rural location provides easy access to many local attractions including the wonderfully ancient town of Sutri and city of Viterbo, beautiful Lake Bracciano and the thermal, spa facilities of Terme dei Papi.
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