Golf in Sicily
The beautiful Mediterranean island of Sicily offers everything a golfer could hope for from a relaxing and luxury golf holiday. The beaches are stunning, perfect golf weather, and some of the best golf courses in Italy. We have visited and can highly recommend both Verdura and Donnafugata Golf resorts. The Forte Group’s Verdura resort is near Sciacca in south-western Sicily, and has two eighteen-hole courses and a nine-hole, all designed by Kyle Phillips; their landscaping is set upon rolling hills along the shore. Then there’s Donnafugata, near Ragusa in southeastern Sicily, a stunning PGA course designed by Gary Player.
The largest island in the Mediterranean really is a truly stunning destination for a break, be it for golfing purposes or not. Most of the island is overlooked by the impressive Mount Etna which is situated in the north east corner of the island. It is not only the famous Mt. Etna which provides the island with fantastic scenery but the stunning architecture and natural wild parks go a long way in making Sicily a place that lives long in the hearts of visitors. Sicily is easy to get to with weekly direct flights with RyanAir and Thomas Cook from April onwards to Comiso Airport from London Stansted, Birmingham or Dublin.
Golf courses in Sicily
Three spectacular, world-class, new golf courses have been built at Verdura, one of very few sites on the rugged, rolling island of Sicily where such an opportunity is possible.
Phillips, who designed the stunning Kingsbarns Links just outside St Andrews in Scotland, and also the immaculate parkland courses at The Grove in Hertfordshire, as well as numerous US projects, is renowned for preserving and accentuating the essential character of the site, through his creative use of both natural and man-made landforms.
The East Course is 7,221 yards long and the West Course is 7,474 yards from the championship tees; the Short Course, a nine-hole par-3, is 1,056 yards. There is also a Composite Championship Course made up of holes from the East and West, should a professional championship be staged in the future, measured at 7,458 yards. Each hole on the East and West has five tee positions to choose from: the minimum length of the East is 5,505 yards, and the West 5,753 yards. Tee times are arranged at 12-minute intervals to ensure free-flowing play, and each day one of the courses will be dedicated to two-ball play only.