1903, Founding of the Acquasanta Golf Club
In 1871 Rome officially became the capital of Italy and diplomatic representation were soon established.
The Anglo-Saxons, although fascinated by the City’s ancient beauty, felt the need of a golf course. â€¨The large estates outside of the city center, with their extensive grassy areas were the perfect location for a golf course. The roman countryside with large expansion of pasture land and sheep grazing, left vast areas available for golf.
The first document which certifies the existence of the Rome Golf Club dates back to January 12th 1903. However, the Club had already been founded a few years before with a statute and committee.
In 1903 Dr. Flach reported during a club meeting to have found a suitable area for playing golf.
The location was 3 km away from Porta Maggiore and belonged to Prince Torlonia. Thanks to a local milkman who lived nearby there was the possibility of obtaining cheap transportation.
The Club had at its’ disposal a golf course, a rustic rural home (the building with the arch), a croquet and tennis field. In essence it was a multifunctional club that attracted all sorts of people including non-golf players.
Back then the rent cost 2.900 lira per year and the Club kept all of the proceeds derived from the hay and the pasture.
The Acquasanta land presented unique characteristics. The land was crossed by the small but famous river “Almone”. The setting, slightly hilly, allowed the view of the Claudian aqueduct, the Roman Castles, the Appia Antica’s crest, and the Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. It was also possible to get a glimpse of the facade of San Giovanni and farther away Saint Peter’s dome, which made it an extremely suggestive place. An atmosphere that is still present today.