Marco Simone – Italy’s first Ryder Cup venue
The stunning Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, located just 17km from the heart of the Italian capital Rome, will become the seventh nation to host the Ryder Cup, joining England, Scotland, Spain, Ireland, Wales and France when it hosts the famous event in 2023.
The venue was built in the 1980s under the ownership of the fashion designer Laura Biagiotti and her husband Gianni Cigna, when 150 hectares of rolling Roman countryside was transformed into a prestigious golf course on the outskirts of the Eternal City.
In 2018, a redesign of Marco Simone Golf & Country Club was led by European Golf Design in cooperation with Tom Fazio II. The back nine was completed and reopened in October 2020 before the full 18 holes were officially completed in March 2021.
In addition, the clubhouse is also currently undergoing further renovation which will be completed in 2022, with a new practice ground also being constructed in the spring of 2022.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, approximately 25 minutes’ drive from Rome, offers an exciting course lay-out - perfect for the dramatic match play for which the Ryder Cup is renowned - with water hazards throughout providing the risk and reward shots which will captivate golf fans for the Ryder Cup as well as the DS Automobiles Italian Open, which will take place there from September 15-18, 2022.
A visually appealing lay-out is combined with the beautiful natural surroundings, as well as the art and culture and the historical gems that Rome has to offer. The 1,000-year-old tower of Marco Simone’s castle greets players on the first hole, while there are also views of St Peter’s Basilica from numerous tees around the course.
Guy Kinnings, the European Tour group’s Deputy Chief Executive, Ryder Cup Director and Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We look forward to going to Rome for the first time. Italy has never had the Ryder Cup before and it is an incredible opportunity.
“Marco Simone last year hosted the DS Automobiles Italian Open and passed the test of the DP World Tour’s professionals, which is an important start, and it is less than 30 minutes from the centre of Rome, with views of the city from the course.
“To have that is an extraordinary combination and it w is sure to be a unique experience. It will attract people in a golfing and social sense and it will be firmly in people’s diaries for September 2023.”
It will be the third time golf’s greatest team event has been played in continental Europe, following Real Club Valderrama in Spain (1997) and Le Golf National in France (2018).
Tournament days will take place from September 29, 2023 to October 1, 2023.