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Just 10 miles outside of Rome, Italy’s first Ryder Cup venue lies in wait for the next European course hosting the iconic event. This will be the third course to host the biennial event outside the UK & Ireland and it has some tough predecessors to live up to in Real Club Valderrama and Le Golf National.
The course has been completely rebuilt to host one of the most watched events in all of golf. This is a huge infrastructural project that has seen new roads, lakes and irrigation being put in to create a wonderful arena for the tournament.
The course has already played host to The European Tour for The Italian Open and is well suited to provide a match play spectacle for The 2023 Ryder Cup.
Golf Travel Centre is pleased to offer a host of different hospitality upgrades as part of our Ryder Cup experiences. Whether you are seeking just to watch the matches unfold or enjoy stunning hospitality from the on-course action at Marco Simone Golf Club, we have a package well suited for yourRyder Cup adventure.
The below are guide packages only, dedicated itineraries will be published nearer the event.
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Rooms at the Capannelle hotel have modern décor, a flat-screen TV with pay-per-view channels, and a minibar. Some overlook the garden and some have a terrace. Roman specialities and Italian classics are served at the hotel's Marco Polo restaurant. At the lounge, a bar is provided with both drinks and snacks, and breakfast is offered daily buffet style. In the heart of a historic area near the Quintili Villa, the hotel is 10 km from the historic centre. The Capannelle Racecourse is 3.5 km away and guests can drive to Ciampino Airport in just 8 minutes.
The course makes the most of its Roman heritage and was designed by Jim Fazio and David Mezzacane. In 1994, The European Tour stopped by the course for the Italian Open which was won by the Argentinian, Eduardo Romero.
The tower of the castle of Marco Simone creates a visual centre-point of the course and, of course, gives the place its name. This tower dates back to the year 1000. In the 1970s, an entrepreneurial Italian couple decided to use this former Roman fortified farmland to create a wonderful country club as a tribute to the former glory of the land.
The idea behind the resort was to create something typically Italian. A course loaded with style, with character and with a luxurious level of detail that would create an unbeatable golfing experience. The softly undulating hills of the Italian countryside provide the course with wonderful terrain making this a sumptuous and almost luxurious golfing experience, native flora and fauna also add to the charm of the course.
This will make for a great European course and, unless something changes, this is one that the PGA TOUR stars of Team USA will struggle with. This is a great course for friends to go and test their skills before the world’s best get out there. Whilst this is a technically challenging course, the shorter length and many teeing options mean that golfers of all levels can have a great time playing it.
If you’re there during Ryder Cup week, you will obviously be unable to play on Marco Simone, well that is unless you qualified for the event. There are some great courses nearby that you can go play to help quench your thirst for a game. Castelgandolfo Resort is an incredible Robert Trent Jones Sr. course set in an inactive volcano. The course works its way through woodland and around large water hazards to create a wonderful 6,862 yard golf course.
Acquasanta Golf Club is another great offering in the Lazio region when you’re on your Ryder Cup tour. This tree-lined and pristine golf course is thought to be the oldest course in Italy having been opened in 1903. Olgiata Golf Club makes up another place to play when you’re in town. This is another Fazio course and is one of the best in Italy. Many top players have won here during the numerous elite amateur and professional events that have been held here.
Every two years we see golfing fanatics come out in huge numbers to help their team to victory by creating that home advantage. There really is nothing in golf like the first tee on the first day of the Ryder Cup. Italy is going to be no different and imagine the extra passion from the locals who haven’t had this chance before. Surely the famous blue and yellow-clad European fans will have their usual spot above the first tee.
Whatever happens, European Ryder Cup events are incredible spectacles and this will undoubtedly be of great benefit to Italian golf. Watching the best players in the world battle it out over Marco Simone Golf and Country Club wearing their team colours will inspire many to pick up the clubs and try golf.
There is no denying that the Ryder Cup is one of the most important events on the golfing calendar and this will be another wonderful venue. You must get yourself out to Italy and try this course before the Ryder Cup.
The course is slightly over 30 minutes from Rome airport. Bear in mind that, as Italy’s capital, Rome has good rail links too so you can easily take in a few Italian cities on your way to or from the Ryder Cup too. You will want to plan for extra time so you can take in some culture around the Ryder Cup week.
Both Naples and Florence are within 3 hours of both Rome and Marco Simone Country Club so you can really see some of the finest sites in the nation during your Ryder Cup odyssey. Being one of the world capitals of history and culture, there is a lot to explore in Rome. This is a city that you will want to drink in fully, literally because Italian wine is tremendous, around the time of the Ryder Cup. Visit ancient Roman ruins like the Colosseum or make it a gastronomic adventure taking in the famous Italian cuisine.