The most dedicated golf aficionados haven’t a shred of hesitation when presented with the chance to challenge their game in a foreign landscape. After all, it’s the staggering global appeal of the game that, in part, distinguishes it from all else. With world-class golf resorts appearing in some of the most remote and captivating regions on earth, a golfer’s options have never been so vast. Choose from picturesque courses carved out of rugged coastlines, tucked into remote countryside, steeped in ancient history or, in one distinctive haven at the tip of Italy’s “boot,” have it all.
Located on the Southwest shores of Sicily, Verdura Golf Resort and Spa boasts the opulence of a five-star resort with the inviting, casual warmth of a classic Italian villa. The 570-acre golf and spa resort is the realization of the vision of British hotelier and passionate golfer, Sir Rocco Forte. After opening its doors in 2009, the resort has earned recognition in the global tourism circuit for an unparalleled standard of excellence on and off the golf course.
Forty-five holes are split between the two award-winning courses that occupy the property: The West and The East courses. Both designed by renowned golf course architect, Kyle Phillips, the courses occupy nearly two kilometers of natural undulating Italian coastline. Phillips strategically designed the journey on both the East and The West courses to continually change direction, maximizing the golfer’s time along the coastline and providing each course with equally breathtaking closing runs.
The Resort and Spa
Equally notable to Verdura’s golf courses are the guest accommodations, spa, and surrounding grounds. Each of the resort’s 203 guest rooms boasts its own unique and uninterrupted view of the Mediterranean Ocean. Inside the rooms, artful Italian lighting and polished concrete are contrasted by brightly died fabric to reflect the rich and vibrant spirit of Sicily.
A holistic approach to wellness is taken at the spa, with fresh plant extracts, cold-pressed plant oils, and natural Sicilian raw materials used to detoxify and replenish the body. Inside the spa are a 25-meter indoor swimming pool, treatment rooms, state-of-the-art gym, hammam, hair salon, health bar and restaurant. Venture outside the spa to enjoy any of four Thalasso pools, each with different salt densities, minerals and organisms to tone, refresh and moisturize the skin while improving circulation.
For the adventure seeker, the resort offers full and half-day excursions to surrounding sites, including the salt trails of Marsala, an extinct crater on Mount Etna, the historical center and theatre of Taormina, the national park and caves on the island of Lampedusa or Segesta’s Doric Greek Temple and Greek Theatre.
Outdoor activities at Verdura include yacht tours, windsurfing, private flights, horseback riding, fishing and bike riding, while several running trails cut through the olive groves and gardens.
Just short drives from the resort are the seaside towns of Sciacca and Agrigento, both prime archetypes of Sicilian history and culture. Each has its own ancient temples, baroque churches, restaurants and vineyards perfectly positioned aside one of the world’s most exclusive yet inviting golf and spa resorts.