It was a very happy mayor Walter Veltroni who officially announced last November that Rome was to have its first public golf course, to be built on land conceded by the city. Less happy, but still upbeat, was Franco Chimenti, who as president of the Federazione Italiana Golf (FIG) will have not only the kudos of fathering the initiative, but also the headache of digging deep into FIG coffers to fund the project, calculated at roughly