There’s something sexy about Italy right down to the country’s over-the-knee boot shape. Pizza, pasta, parmesan, piazza, prosecco, Piaggio and even The Pope spring to mind -- along with Ferrari, Ducati and even Fiat, all of these symbols are synonymous with stylish Italian culture.
With Roman ruins, Renaissance art, the Alps, Venice and naturally some chic shopping, it’s not surprising that Italians called their homeland "Il Belpaese" (beautiful country).
Golf in Italy dates back more than a century when, in 1889, the then English colony of Florence founded the Florence Golf Club, the first Italian golf association. Florence Golf Club was renamed in 1933 to Ugolino Golf Club and Roma Acquasanta is home to Italy's oldest golf course (the club was founded in 1903).
Golf is a sport that has somehow failed to grip the Italian imagination, unlike football which is the country’s national sport, and there are only around 90,000 affiliated Italian golf club members who play the game on Italy’s 250 or so golf courses.
We last updated our Italian Top 50 rankings in February 2018, click the link to read the story.