Golf in Italy

Marco Simone Golf and Country Club

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 these symbols are synonymous with the 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. Roma Acquasanta owns Italy's oldest golf course (the club was founded in 1903), but golf is a sport that has somehow failed to grip the Italian imagination unlike football, which is the country’s national sport. There are only 90,000 affiliated Italian golf club members who play their game on Italy’s 250 or so golf courses.

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