As the Road to Oman heads to Italy for the second time this season, we find out a bit more about the beautiful Terre Dei Consoli Golf Club.
Set in the stunning valley of Monterosi, this testing 27 hole course, which comprises of an 18 hole championship course and a nine hole family course, overlooks the volcanic lakes of nearby Martignano and Vico and is 45 kilometres from Rome – the site of the 2022 Ryder Cup.
Here Club Manager Ascanio Pacelli gives us some more detail about one of Italy’s most up and coming courses.
“The championship course has been designed with great expectations,” he said.
“To host a European Challenge Tour event is our first dream come true since the completion of the course.
“Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, Terre Dei Consoli is one of Italy’s newest golf courses.
“It is technically challenging, with bunkers and water in play, and occasionally gusting winds from the north and playing more than 7,600 yards.
“The opening hole is 660 yards long, is a dogleg right, with a huge lake on the right side and with a deep ditch that is situated in front of the green.
“Robert Trent Jones Jr. knows all about championship golf - he designed Chambers Bay which has previously hosted the U.S. Open. Here short and drivable holes, island greens, water, bunkers and nature are all part of the game.
“The closing stretch of holes are very challenging, starting with the long par four 15th which has an out of bounds on the left hand side, bunkers on the right and a two-level green protected by a creek in front, and a lake on the right.
“The course’s signature hole is the 17th which is a short par three, with an island green, surrounded by water.”