Ryder Cup 2023, Secrets of the 18 Holes

Marco Simone Golf & Country Club was completely renovated in 2021 to host the Italian Open, and in 2023 Marco Simone Golf & Country Club is in the center of attention not only from an Italian perspective, but also on the world stage.

A very competitive field will be created on the 18 holes (paragraph 71) that we will now explore.

Ryder Cup of course

Hole 1 (bar 4, 407 metres): Located in the middle of the field, it has a slight right-left before reaching the green, where an important part is the placement of the flag.

There are two possibilities: playing long towards the right bunker from the tee or settling towards the left which is further, but with a slightly more complicated second shot towards the green. Hole 2 (4 ft 435 m): Bunkers are the main challenge for this hole, due to their location: one in the middle of the fairway, two on the left in a typical landing zone, and another 40 m from the green, plus just in front.

If the first shot goes well, the second can be a long iron to try and get closer to the flag. Hole 3 (4ft 414m): Here everything is on the left, as many will undoubtedly try to cut over the rough on the right. The two bunkers in front of the green shouldn’t be too problematic, however it has complications due to the different slopes that govern it.

Hole 4 (3 ft. 172 m): The record changes and the position of the flag becomes a major factor, along with weather factors. There are two options: challenge the bunkers on the right or play a safer approach on the left.

Hole 5 (4 ft 344 m): The first water obstacle on the track, placed to the left of the fairway. The ideal path is to the right, you need to go through the dugout in front of the green zone. Beware of slopes that can create problems directly on the green depending on where the flag is.

Hole 6 (4 ft, 348 m): This is basically a straight hole, with plenty of room for birds if they don’t hit the two bunkers in front and to the right of the green. The length of the first shot is essential.

Hole 7 (3ft, 203m): Difficulty is higher than hole 4, with the tee placed higher than the green. Everything changes according to where the flag is: if it’s short, a medium iron suffices, if instead it’s toward the last bit of green, you need the long flag to avoid having to overcome a sly slope.

Hole 8 (5ft, 480m): It is the first 5th bar of the course, with an interpretable structure. There is water on the left, there is only one vault in front of the green, leaning to the right. You can try to beat the water after releasing the tee or you can go around it; Two different approaches, two different levels of risk.

Hole 9 (bar 5, 537m): You go next to the aforementioned water barrier, but from the loaded shot what to avoid is the dugout in the middle of the fairway, the second that emerges from the seven here. Almost everyone will need 2 shots to reach the green area surrounded by the sand element.

Hole 10 (4 ft 414 m): Doug it slightly to the left, with the green being relatively easily accessible with the second shot. Again, the flag is important, because going to the right, apart from dugout, there is an important slope.

Hole 11 (4 ft 301 m): This hole is short, and in theory would be the starting point for easy birders. This is not the case, in the sense that there are two large bunkers on either side, and above all, the slopes outside and inside the (rather big) green indicate a certain amount of caution.

And pay attention to the green, it is fast and treacherous. 12 Hole (5 ft, 499 m): Trap Fortified At Will: After the first four at the beginning of the waterway, the three places in front of the green represent dangers of various kinds.

The green is very small and can be reached with a second shot starting from the left, or you can play to get closer to the third without risking getting stuck. Hole 13 (3 ft., 137 m): Actually the only concern is the green, which has many cliffs.

It is better to play in the middle or on the right, because on the left you risk having a bunker or a tree. Here also there is a possibility of many birds. Hole 14 (4 ft 465 m): In this case, the dogleg goes to the right, and the problem of trying to go left to cut the path is represented by the many trees that are there.

Overcoming the difficulties of a good drive here is key: it can be less valuable, as green isn’t exactly the hardest to find. Hole 15 (4 ft 438 m): Begin with a high starting point shot and then work your way up in a left direction.

The least recommended path is to the right because there is a bunker that can destroy everything. It is not easy to get to the green area because on the right there are three very well placed bunkers. Hole 16 (4ft, 322m): It is a short hole, but with water to the right of the green it is not recommended to approach from this side.

There are two explanations: one stops before a small stream placed just before the green, and the other, on the other hand, is based on overcoming that particular obstacle. Hole 17 (3 ft, 188 m): The difficulty is mainly related to the intricate cliffs on the green.

And we must not forget the bunker, which is right in front of it, as well as the river that runs on the left side. To use musical paraphrasing, here’s a question for iron. Hole 18 (5ft 570m): The longest hole comes to an end, just to leave nothing to chance.

Different bunkers to the right and left, tend to hit the green by the third shot, but you can also try it out in two. It is recommended to approach from the right, but the slopes here can be very tricky.

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