Central Italy

Lazio, Marche, Tuscany and Umbria comprise the Central area of Italy and these four regions are further subdivided into 22 provinces, from which a total of 91 golf facilities are affiliated to Federazione Italiana Golf, the national governing body.

The best courses in the region are situated around Rome. To the southwest of the Eternal City, there’s Fioranello, a 1970s David Mezzacane design, and Castelgandalfo, which Robert Trent Jones Snr. laid out in in the mid-1980s.

Fifteen miles north east of the city centre, you’ll find the engaging Marco Simone course, where Eduardo Romero won the Italian Open in 1994, and it's set to become a household name as the 2022 Ryder Cup will be held at the Rome club.

Another three Roman courses are nationally ranked. The first of these, Roma Acquasanta, was established over a hundred years ago by British expats and it still presents a challenge in the modern era. The second layout is the West course at Olgiata, which was laid out by CK Cotton in the early 1960s and is now part of an excellent 27-hole setup.

Last, but certainly not least, Le Querce, is a Jim Fazio design that opened for play in 1990 and the site currently houses the headquarters of the Italian Golf Federation.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Central Italy

Golf Nazionale

1st Central Italy - Best in Area

To the northwest of Rome lies the beautiful Golf Nazionale (formerly known as Le Querce Golf Club) set in 60 hectares of delightful undulating land. With fairways flanked by stately oaks...

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Description: To the northwest of Rome lies the beautiful Golf Nazionale (formerly known as Le Querce Golf Club) set in 60 hectares of delightful undulating land. With fairways flanked by stately oaks... Rating: 5 out of 6

Olgiata (West)

2nd Central Italy - Best in Area

All 27 holes at Olgiata are set in sumptuous parkland surroundings where the terrain is mildly undulating and fairways are separated by avenues of magnificent mature trees.

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Description: All 27 holes at Olgiata are set in sumptuous parkland surroundings where the terrain is mildly undulating and fairways are separated by avenues of magnificent mature trees. Rating: 4 out of 6

Roma Acquasanta

3rd Central Italy - Best in Area

Laid out over an enchanting parkland landscape, with views of the Via Appia Antica Roman aqueduct arches and ancient tomb of Cecilia Metella, Roma Acquasanta Golf Club seems suspended in a time warp...

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Description: Laid out over an enchanting parkland landscape, with views of the Via Appia Antica Roman aqueduct arches and ancient tomb of Cecilia Metella, Roma Acquasanta Golf Club seems suspended in a time warp... Rating: 5 out of 6

Castiglion del Bosco

4th Central Italy - Best in Area

In 2011, Tom Weiskopf was engaged to set out the golf course at Castiglion del Bosco within a fabulous Tuscan setting, draping the fairways across an exquisite landscape.

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Terme di Saturnia

5th Central Italy - Best in Area

Terme di Saturnia is where American Ron Fream and his Golfplan team made their mark on the design front in 2007 with the introduction of a new course.

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Le Pavoniere

6th Central Italy - Best in Area

La Pavoniere Golf & Country Club is one of three Italian projects that have been completed by the Arnold Palmer Design Company and it’s a mid-1980s layout that sits within an estate that once belonged to Prince Leopoldo de’ Medici.

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Poggio dei Medici

7th Central Italy - Best in Area

Set in the heart of Tuscany, Poggio dei Medici Golf Club is the quintessential gem. Host to the Ladies Italian Open from 1999 to 2003.

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Description: Set in the heart of Tuscany, Poggio dei Medici Golf Club is the quintessential gem. Host to the Ladies Italian Open from 1999 to 2003. Rating: 4.5 out of 6

Argentario

8th Central Italy - Best in Area

The exclusive five-star Argentario Golf & Spa Resort is set on the Monte Argentario promontory which was once an island but is now connected to mainland Tuscany by three causeways that in turn form two lagoons.

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Description: The exclusive five-star Argentario Golf & Spa Resort is set on the Monte Argentario promontory which was once an island but is now connected to mainland Tuscany by three causeways that in turn form two lagoons. Rating: 4.2 out of 6

Ugolino - Florence

9th Central Italy - Best in Area

Golf in Italy began in Tuscany with the foundation of Florence Golf Club in 1889, but a new course, designed by Cecil Blandford and Peter Gannon, was established for Ugolino Golf Club in 1933.

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Marco Simone (Championship)

10th Central Italy - Best in Area

Situated just a half an hour’s drive from the city centre of Rome, the fabulous 18-hole Championship layout at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club was set out by architect Jim Fazio in the late 1980s.

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Description: Situated just a half an hour’s drive from the city centre of Rome, the fabulous 18-hole Championship layout at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club was set out by architect Jim Fazio in the late 1980s. Rating: 4.5 out of 6