Castelgandolfo is a Robert Trent Jones designed golf course that lies to the south of Rome. The setting for this course is absolutely stunning with a club house that overlooks an extinct volcano crater that now forms the Albano Lake. From the club house you have a truly breath taking panoramic view of the entire golf course.
The land that the golf course is built on has a long and rich history with the first civilisation being established here around 1230 B.C. The Romans used the area for leisure and relaxation on account of its tranquillity and beauty. The village of Castel Gandolfo was founded much later in the 11th century and is named after the Gandolfi Family.
The course has been built at the bottom of the Citadel and follows the landscape beautifully and it doesn’t take long for it to start testing you. The 4th hole is stroke index 1 and it requires a precise tee shot to a narrow landing strip, with water running up both sides of the fairway. If you managed to find the short grass with your tee shot you are then required to take on a small green protected by bunkers. A par is an excellent score on this perilously pretty hole.
When you finish the round you can emulate the Romans and relax in this wonderful setting with a glass of wine on the terrace of the clubhouse. Castelgandolfo would be a welcome addition to any golfing itinerary.