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Parkland by Gary Player, 18 holes, north course
The Gary Player “Parkland” nestles among the wild olives and carobs typical of the Ragusa countryside, found all around up to the slopes of the plateau that continues up to Ragusa. The holes are well spread over the landscape and this is a feature of the course, making the player feel like he is completely surrounded by nature. The stone walls typical of the area, glimpses of which can be seen next to many of the holes, complement the course’s features. Few sand obstacles along the tree-lined fairways, insidious greens well defended by deep bunkers close to the putting surface. Each successive hole is very different, requiring new golfing solutions and strategies. The 18 holes give onto an archaeological site and one hundred metres from hole 6 you can visit a 6th century B.C. Greek necropolis which is part of the property. A “wet” zone between holes 2 and 3 provides a stopover for animals and birds while two lakes frame the last few holes. Holes 9 and 18 have their greens next to the Resort and form a natural amphitheatre in which the suites, the Clubhouse with swimming pool and the SPA sit side by side.
Links by Franco Piras, 18 holes, south course
The 18 holes designed by Franco Piras stretch out over two big valleys, each with a lake that makes the golfing more interesting. The course blends perfectly with the nature reserve, the sea and the island of Malta on the horizon. The fairways are incut with renaturalised areas that caress them and highlight their shapes, adding colours and fragrances that change through the seasons, recreating the original atmosphere of each place. A huge maritime pine is the only tree on the course where large bunkers define the fairways. The course is like a links, except for the presence of the two large artificial lakes that serve as irrigation reserves and oases for migrating birds. Indeed many species find and return to their natural habitat here. The course is highly exposed to the dominant wind from the sea and has multiple tees for each hole to change the course from one day to the next. One of the features of the course is its green approaches and collars in agrostis up to the mounds that surround the greens, thus accentuating the links characteristics. The landscaping with gentle slopes alternately hides players behind mounds, cutting them off from the rest of the course, and then provides them with incredible views of it and of the sea.
Golf Academy – Darren Clarke Centre of Excellence
The Golf Academy by Darren Clarke Golf of Excellence at the Donnafugata Resort – the first facility of its kind in continental Europe- welcome the golfers of all levels providing high – quality coaching programs with our Head Professional. The Academy has a driving range with 70 tees, a pitching and chipping green, a practice bunker and a putting green to improve your game or to start from the basics of golf.
Donnafugata Resort 5*L
The luxury five-star Donnafugata Golf Resort & SPA is a heavenly place for anyone wishing to experience an unforgettable stay in one of the most enchanting places in Sicily. A real delight for golf-lovers, venue of the Sicilian Open 2011, the resort lies 17 km (10 miles) from Comiso international airport and 100 km (62 miles) from Catania international airport and just 10 minutes drive from the historic centre of Ragusa. The Resort offers two 18-hole championship golf-courses, 900mq Spa and fitness center, swimming-pools, three restaurants and several meeting rooms – the ideal destination for a holiday focused on sport and relaxation and for important events in a truly exclusive setting. The nearby seaside locations, such as Marina di Ragusa, Punta Secca, Sampieri, Santa Croce and Camerina, unveil all their charm with pristine beaches and quaint fishing villages. Within easy reach from the resort, you can visit the most beautiful towns of the Val di Noto, the cradle of Sicilian Baroque: as a matter of fact, Ragusa, Modica, Noto and Scicli all belong to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.