The Ryder Cup tees off this week from Marco Simone Golf & Country Club just outside Rome, Italy. The Cup, which features three days of match play in various formats, will run from Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1. The Americans are the reigning champions and the favorites to win, set at -110 to the European team’s +115 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Here we will take a look at the Marco Simone Golf Course in a hole-by-hole breakdown. Just on the outskirts of Rome, the course has several water features as well as thick native grasses that may mire shanked tee shots. The course opened in 1991, and was redesigned in 2018 with assistance from Tom Fazio II, the son of the original architect, in preparation for this Ryder Cup.
Distance: 445 yards
The round begins going uphill and with a challenge. Golfers have to fit their opening drive between bunkers to the left and right on the fairway. The rolling green is angled over a bunker.
Distance: 476 yards
Golfers will need to drive long over a bunker smack in the middle of the fairway on this hole. The falloff around the green will force the players to choose their approach shots carefully.
Distance: 453 yards
This opens with a blind drive to a narrow piece of fairway surrounded by the course’s signature native grasses that will quickly punish shanked tee shots.
Distance: 183 yards
This short par-3 plays downhill with a two-leveled putting surface.
Distance: 376 yards
A water feature sits along the side of the fifth hole that will likely force golfers to lay up when driving. The putting surface is wide, and two bunkers sit directly behind it.
Distance: 383 yards
The sixth hole has a tree-lined fairway with a large bunker on the right in the driving area.
Distance: 219 yards
This par-3 has a massive green, and the contours on it will prove to be a challenge in match play. A bunker and embankment sit behind and to the right of the green.
Distance: 503 yards
Professionals can make this a long par-4, so long as their drive goes far enough to avoid a water feature directly in the tee shot’s path.
Distance: 587 yards
The green is heavily guarded by bunkers on both sides, and has a water feature off to the left that will punish any wild shots.
Distance: 455 yards
At 300 yards, the fairway is just 22 yards wide, and a stream lies off to the right just past the tough native grasses. The green here has a false front. This hole had 42 birdies and 144 bogeys or worse at the 2023 Italian Open.
Distance: 330 yards
This is a drivable par-4. From the tee, it’s about 300 yards uphill to the front of the green. A bunker sits to the left of the putting surface. We can expect to see some birdies at this location.
Distance: 554 yards
This long downhill dogleg features a two-tiered green guarded on the front end by several bunkers. This is a very drivable hole for professionals, so keep an eye out for birdies here.
Distance: 145 yards
This short par-3 will force accuracy as golfers drive to the green, with a hill sloping off to the left side of the putting surface.
Distance: 495 yards
This is a very long par-4 with a 500-yard dogleg that may push some tee shots into corner bunkers. The green is set on a hill with a deep bunker low to the right that would require some excellent chipping to escape. This is one of the most difficult holes on the course.
Distance: 478 yards
Golfers face more bunkers in the landing area of their tee shots on another long dogleg going back the other way here. The green is large and features several bunkers to the right.
Distance: 352 yards
The landing area for drives is littered with bunkers and several water features on this risky hole that will favor those who can hit the ball the furthest.
Distance: 206 yards
The green on the 17th is small, three-tiered, and very dangerous, surrounded by potential pitfalls. This hole requires precision and accuracy.
Distance: 626 yards
This hole features a downhill drive on a friendly fairway. The green is guarded from behind by a water feature.