|Verdura Golf||45||Sciacca (Agrigento)||Italy|
|Contact: Phone +39 0925 998180 - Web Site|
Home to the 2012 Sicilian Open Championship, Verdura is a world-class all-year-round golf destination. The 570-acre site, with almost two kilometres of private coastline, offers the perfect environment for the great game. Our three links-style golf courses, all designed by Kyle Phillips, use the natural, green contours of the landscape and are planted with indigenous trees and shrubs. Warmed by the Mediterranean sun and refreshed by the sea breeze, the courses are free from any buildings, offering uninterrupted views of the azure waters from the undulating greens. You’ll find the facilities world-class too. A double-ended driving range. Tuition from PGA-qualified professionals. An exceptional golf academy for budding young golfers.
Designed by Kyle Phillips, our three magnificent courses will inspire the novice player and set a challenge for the most experienced. Kyle, famous for his designs of links courses such as Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland, has created two 18-hole championship golf courses and a nine-hole par-3 course at Verdura. Every hole offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, within an amphitheatre of Sicilian mountains. The two 18-hole courses, The East and The West, challenge golfers of all abilities and have five tee positions on each hole. A nine-hole par-3 appeals to novices and juniors, as do the first-rate practice and teaching facilities. This is golf on a grand scale, with the personal service and attention of a private club.
The East Course: Our undulating East Course provides a truly memorable round of golf. Early highlights include the short par four 3rd and the early water holes at the 5th and 6th, each with stunning outlooks. From the 13th onwards, the course turns seaward, plummeting and swooping across glorious links terrain. The best is saved for last, with the penultimate hole rising gently into the foot of a Sicilian hillside. The 18th is a fabulous par four closer, crashing from an elevated tee along the craggy coastline.
The West Course: The beachside holes are the star attraction on our beautiful West Course. The sparkling Mediterranean Sea first comes into view at the 8th and 9th, before returning for a four-hole encore at the 15th. It’s these final four holes, with their uninterrupted views, that steal the show. The 16th and 18th are beautiful two-shotters, while the 15th and 17th are dominated by watery backdrops. The 18th brings you home right along the shoreline, providing a rousing finish to an unforgettable round
Hole 6, East Course: Nowhere is the Scottish links inspiration more present, and the short sixth will become one of the most photographed holes in Europe. No green could be closer to the sea than this. Club selection will vary greatly depending on the strength and direction of the wind and the actual playing distance of between 85 and 112 meters is of very little importance to one’s calculations. This is Verdura’s “Postage Stamp” and is, coincidently, exactly the same distance from the back tee of 112 meters and although early in one’s round, it could easily make or mark one’s card.
Hole 18, East Course: The final hole on the East Course at Verdura is truly unforgettable, a suitable climax to a superb course. The tee shot is played against a backdrop of the cliffs and an ancient ruin with the coastline of Sicily lying to the right with the waves breaking on the shoreline. From the Championship tee , the long Par 4 hole measures 436 meters but with a choice of 5 tees, the hole can be played down to a more manageable 319 meters depending on one’s handicap and adventurous nature! The drive is aimed at a diagonally placed fairway with a drop in altitude of 10 meters from the tee to a safe landing zone on closely mown grass. The demanding second shot to the green must carry a deep hollow before rising up to the undulating putting surface set directly against the cliff face and a “watery grave” should you venture any distance right of the green. It is no coincidence that this was the hardest ranking hole during the European Tour Sicilian Open 2012. It is not hyperbole that Verdura has been described as Europe’s counterpart of Pebble Beach.
Hole 18, West Course: The West Course at Verdura delivers us onto the coast for a final loop of four fine holes concluding in the spectacular eighteenth played from a tee built on apromontory next to the sea reminiscent of the “lighthouse” 9th hole at Turnberry.
Offering a playing distance from 302 to 398 meters, this gently rounded right to left par 4 plays into the prevailing south –east wind making the drive around the bay all the more intimidating. With three bunkers on the right side of the fairway guarding an overly protective, and dry, drive, this tee shot requires confidence, accuracy of strike and a steely determination to finish one’s round with happy memories. A glorious second shot to the green situated below the restored 14th Century Torre Verdura will earn applause from spectators dining on the clubhouse terrace overlooking this scene of golfing delight.
Led by Head Golf Professional David Waters and his team of PGA qualified professionals, the Verdura Golf Academy provides guests with an excellent opportunity to enhance their golfing experience. Whether improving your game, or playing for the first time, as a guest at Verdura you’ll be provided with the finest learning and practice facilities:
• A menu of tuition options;
• Dedicated golf programmes for children and teenagers;
• Outdoor lessons with a state-of-the-art sun-readable laptop and ultra-high-speed Casio video camera.
Verdura Resort 5*L
Verdura Resort is set on 230 hectares, and nearly two kilometres of private Mediterranean coastline. There are three Kyle Phillips golf courses, a 60-metre infinity pool, six clay tennis courts, a world-class spa, four restaurants, five bars and much more. It’s a place where your room will seem woven subtly into the landscape. Where you’ll enjoy a true sense of space and uninterrupted views of the azure waters from your private terrace. Above all, it’s a place where you’ll discover an outstanding level of service. Discover in just a few minutes, a day at Verdura Resort from sunshine to sunset, and the multitude of experiences and feelings that come with it and that make us a unique place within the beautiful island of Sicily.