Golf Nazionale - Central Italy - Italy

Golf Nazionale,
Via Cassia Km 44,
500,
01015 Sutri (VT),
Italy


  • +39 (0)761 600789

  • Marcello Boccocani

  • Jim Fazio and David Mezzacane

  • Piero Sabellico

Formerly known as Golf Club Le Querce, Golf Nazionale is situated approximately 60 kilometres to the northwest of Rome and this beautiful course is set in 60 hectares of delightful undulating land. With fairways flanked by stately oaks it's not surprising to note that the club was known as “The Oaks” in English.

Golf Nazionale opened for play in 1990 and Jim Fazio, nephew of the great George Fazio, designed the course with a little help from Italian David Mezzacane. This is certainly a course from the amazing Fazio stable, which was set up to house the Italian Golf Federation. A mere twelve months after the course opened for play Le Querce hosted the 1991 World Cup of Golf, now part of the World Golf Championships. The 1991 event saw the Swedish pairing of Per-Ulrik Johansson and Anders Forsbrande emerge victorious.

The round starts and ends with a lengthy par five and in between, half the holes on the card are doglegged to a certain degree, especially the 6th and 15th holes. There are three consecutive, demanding, par fours on the front nine beginning at the 435-yard 4th hole whilst both par threes on the back nine (at the 14th and 17th) are longer than 235 yards from the back tees. Little surprise then to discover Golf Nazionale has been ranked as high as any other top Italian course for its degree of difficulty.

The 595-yard 1st sets the tone for the whole round and is a real three-shot hole. The drive must avoid a large bunker to the right of the landing area so the preferred line is down the more open left of the fairway. Water to the left and trees to the right threaten the second shot before an approach can be played to a well-guarded, elevated green.

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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: 7.8 out of 10 Reviews: 4
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Jim McCann

On arrival, both the clubhouse and the adjoining accommodation wing appear a little dated (the place is less than thirty years old) but I was later told both are due to be refurbished. Once out on the course, you can tell from the first hole that this is going to be an epic 18-hole layout as the fairway plunges downhill, past a large pond on the left, then up left to a raised green.

It’s a stout opener and the holes just get stronger as you get going – to be honest, the level of challenge is pretty Golf Nazionale Golf Course - Photo by reviewer unrelenting for the remainder of the round as tree-lined holes weave their way across a heavily wooded property which continually rises and falls from start to finish.

I gave top marks to each of the opening five holes – the downhill par three 3rd in the northeast corner of the estate is a beauty and the forced carry off the tee at the following hole is fearsome – but the severely doglegged 6th didn’t impress as I’ve never liked holes where you must be long off the tee in order to play your next shot directly to the flag.

After the terrific par five 7th, where the benched green is protected by three cavernous bunkers gouged into the slope in front of the putting surface, there then follows three really disconcerting holes, each of which suffers very badly from the encroachment of trees affecting the tee shot – and in the case of the remarkable 10th hole, you encounter this extreme arboreal interference at both the tee box and in front of the green!

On the back nine, I liked the downhill par three 12th and the par five 14th, which runs along a ridge to the greensite, Golf Nazionale Golf Course - Photo by reviewer but my favourite hole was the par four 16th, playing downhill to a prodigious offset green that sits behind acres of sand and is gloriously framed by specimen oaks.

I can’t believe only one major event (the 1991 World Cup) has been held on this course of tournament- sized proportions. For Golf Nazionale to have never hosted the Italian Open (when twenty-five others have) is absolutely criminal.

I know it’s a relative newcomer on the Italian golf scene but, from an outsider’s perspective, it’s patently perverse if this place has never been considered for selection – especially when it’s the home of the Italian Golf Federation and the National Golf School!

Then again, considering what I mentioned earlier about trees seriously hampering lines of play on many of the holes, perhaps it’s no surprise that Golf Nazionale has been overlooked. With that in mind, it must surely be time to call in the chainsaw gangs…

Jim McCann

August 20, 2019
7 / 10
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Claudio
I might be a little bias as I have been playing on this course for 25 years now, but i feel pretty honest saying that is one of the top 10 golf course in Italy and has nothing less that many great parkland courses I have played in Europe and in the US. From the white tees one of the toughest course you can find, which requires every club you have in your bag. Every hole has been very well thought by Mr. Fazio, who designed it in the late '80s: difficult greens in the short holes (very often with two levels), larger green with less slope on the long ones. A couple of straight doglegs and 3/4 holes longer than 400 yards (from the yellow tees). The area is pretty nice without many real estate developments, so that you can enjoy a nice view of the countryside being at approx. 40 minutes from the center of Rome! Enjoy!
March 26, 2015
10 / 10
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Peter Bauer
Very nice course without a weak hole, no doubt. Great lay-out in a beautiful countryside. I played this course in both winter and summer and the greens were immaculate in both seasons. In winter, however, the course can be quite wet depending on the weather conditions and the staff irrigates the course in summer to an extent that you can have soggy lies. The excessive automatic irrigation also causes the green-side bunkers to be close to unplayable. The bunkers are in general not well maintained which stands in contrast to the quality of the rest of the course. Staff is very friendly once you are there but it is difficult to make a reservation by telephone because nobody picks up the phone. Certainly a must-play in an area where there are only few golf courses.
August 29, 2010
6 / 10
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Luca
What a gr8 course. Kept immaculate through out the year but by far one of the toughest test of golf I have ever come across.
October 08, 2008
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