Via di Marco Simone 84/88,
Guidonia, nr Roma, Lazio 00012
18 holes. Predominantly open parkland. Undulating terrain - several slopes to climb.
Rural countryside and woodland.
Jim Fazio & David Mezzacane (1991). Fully redesigned by European Golf Design (lead designer Dave Sampson), in collaboration with Jim Fazio's son Tom Fazio II (2020).
Above distances are for the championship course. Also at Marco Simone is the nine-hole Resort course (par-31; 1,989 metres from back tees).
18 km NE of Rome
From Rome's ring road (the Grande Raccordo Anulare-GRA), in the northeast of Rome, take exit 12 (Centrale del Latte), and head east (away from Rome). After 3.5 km at roundabout turn right onto the SP23a, towards Palombara. After 1.3 km at roundabout, turn right into Via di Marco Simone. After o.7 km golf entrance is on your left.
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. Located in the city's eastern outskirts in the grounds of an 11th century castle, 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.
This handsome, big-dimension, challenging course occupies the flowing contours of pleasantly undulating (at times hilly) parkland terrain. Excellent definition is given to the driving lines by large stylish bunkers, which are liberally included amongst the substantial "stadium-like" mounding.
The undulating fairways are generously spaced, and often generously wide. You'll need to hit several uphill approach shots, with almost half the holes characterised by elevated greens. There's a corresponding number of holes played from nicely elevated tees.
On this predominantly open and ever-undulating design, a scattering of ponds and water ditches complement the stylish bunkering, all in service of the layout's memorable variety of holes. The typically large, subtly sloping and fast greens, are often guarded by sizable bunkers and relatively steep run-off areas. From the course you will enjoy occasional vistas across the city of Rome to the west, while to the east lies a rural idyll of rolling hills and scattered villages.
Pick of the holes: after climbing away from the clubhouse at the par-4 10th and 11th holes, you arrive at the highest and most scenic part of the layout. Up here you'll also find the mischievous short par-3 13th, with its deserted villa and mountain backdrop, and distant view of the hill-top town of Montecelio.
Stay&Play at Marco Simone: Onsite apartments and residences are available to rent within the Marco Simone complex.
Visitors welcome on weekdays (closed on Tuesdays) and weekends. More restricted at weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 34.
Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2023].
Players generally walk this course. Golf carts available for hire.
Marco Simone is owned by Laura Biagiotti, one of Italy’s greatest fashion designers. Once dubbed the "Queen of Cashmere," she continues, with her daughter, to direct one of the largest fashion houses in Italy - the House of Biagiotti.
Since 1980 Biagiotti has lived in the 11th century castle (Castello di Marco Simone) that you see from various parts of the golf course. The castle was lovingly restored to its ancient splendour by Biagiotti and her husband Gianni Cigna, who passed away prematurely in August 1996. The castle and golf club, share their name with, but are not related to Marco Simone, a famous former Italian professional football player.
Marco Simone has hosted many top level tournaments, including the Italian Open Championship on multiple occasions. Most prestigiously, it will host the 44th Ryder Cup matches in September 2023. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Marco Simone.
Italy's 6th best course (Golf World, 2022).
Continental Europe's 89th best course (Golf World, 2023).
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+39 07 743 883Visit website
The Grand Hotel Duca d'Este is situated in Tivoli Terme, on the Tiburtina Valeria way, an old consular roman road. The hotel is located 20 km north-east of Rome's centre, in an area with many historical sites such as Villa d'Este, with its 100 fountains and panoramic restaurant, and Villa Adriana, with its traces of ancient civilization, set in a park of 120 hectares.
Roma Acquasanta; Parco di Roma; Castelgandolfo
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+39 06 411 6673Visit website
A pleasant 3-star hotel located just 8 km north-east of the centre of Rome.
Marco Simone; Parco di Roma
Olgiata; Parco de' Medici; Roma Acquasanta; 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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