Architect: European Golf Design in cooperation with Tom Fazio II
The redesign of Marco Simone Golf and Country Club, led by European Golf Design in cooperation with Tom Fazio II, began in August 2018 and was completed in March 2021. It focused on creating a golf course specifically with the drama of match play in mind, with the previous layout rerouted not only to provide numerous risk and reward opportunities for the world’s leading players, but also to maximise the natural rolling countryside terrain. Spectators will have unrivalled vantage points of the on-course action as well as distant views of the famous Eternal City, including spectacular views of St Peter’s Basilica and of the Castle of Marco Simone which together will provide the backdrop to golf’s greatest team contest.
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Elite players can shorten the dogleg by playing the driver on the bunker located in the left corner of the fairway and then attack the well-protected green with a short iron. Less experienced players can instead play it safe with a driver on the right path but then will need a long iron to reach the green.
Elite golfers can play over the bunker with a good driver. To reach the green you then need a medium iron.For those who choose the safest line on the right side of the fairway, it is better to use a long iron for the second shot, paying attention to the bunker positioned 40 meters before the green.
Strong players can try to cut the right corner of the dogleg, paying attention to the rough, and reach the green with a shorter iron. Those who choose the centre of the fairway, have a second long shot to reach the green which is well protected on the front-left side by two bunkers.
If the golfer decides to play the driver to get a second easier shot, he must keep to the right side of the fairway, while if he chooses to play in front of the water hazard, he must then use a medium iron to reach the green. Be careful of steep slopes on the green.
Elite players may play on the right side over the bunker and then attack the green with a short iron, paying attention to the deep bunker positioned in the centre. Players which play a shorter and central driver, will have greater difficulty in reaching the green at the top of the hill with a second shot.
The kidney shaped putting green leaning to the right is challenging. The position of the flag is a fundamental and may change the way to play the hole. With a short flag a medium iron is enough, with the flag at the end of the green, a long and precise iron is necessary considering the small landing area of the ball. The green is difficult especially if you putt from a distance.
Players can approach the shore of the water hazard with the driver and then decide to cross the lake, reaching the green with a long iron. Those who choose to get around the obstacle, must keep to the right side of the fairway, then can lay up with a medium iron and reach the green with a short shot. The kidney shaped green extends around the water hazard with an inclined surface, especially in the furthest part.
When playing the driver, you should pay attention to the second bunker on the right side that is easily accessible. After a simple second shot, a short iron remains. Pay attention to the water hazard on the left side that runs along the entire hole.
Elite players, after a driver in the centre on the fairway, need a medium iron to reach the green which is well protected by two bunkers on the right side. Others may want to play it safe by using a long iron on the left side of the fairway and then attack the flag with a short iron.
Elite players can try to reach the green with the driver but must beware of an insidious depression in the ground on the right side. For those who prefer to play a shorter first shot, the second one should be a short to reach the flag. Beware of the fast and steep green.
The driver needs to be precise to reach the green with the second shot. Players may play a second shot with an iron on the left side of the fairway and then attack the flag which is protected by three bunkers surrounding the green.
Elite players can try to pass over the bunker on the left corner of the hole and then play a second shot with a short iron. Those who prefer to play if safe, should stay on the right side of the fairway, then will have to face a second shot with a long iron, or possibly decide to lean on the apron with a layup avoiding the risk of ending in the deep bunker on the right side.
Players must keep to the left side of the fairway to avoid ending up in the bunker positioned on the right side. Then a second shot, with a medium iron, is needed to reach the flag. Three bunkers protect the green on the right side.
Players can try to reach the green with the driver but must be precise and keep away from the water hazard on the right side of the green. Those who want to play it safe can reach the fairway before the water hazard and then attack the flag with a short iron. The green is well protected by two bunkers and the lake on the right side, hides many pitfalls. Be careful: it is extremely difficult to stop the ball on the green by playing from a downhill lie!
This hole has a wide fairway that allows powerful players to reach the green with the second shot. Be careful to the water hazard on the front left. The more conservative players will be able to lay up on the flat left side of the fairway in front of the green and then play a short shot to attack the flag. Be aware of the slopes of the green which are difficult to define!