Hotelier Sir Rocco Forte’s Verdura resort occupies a stunning 570-acre site on the southwest shores of Sicily and golfing guests here luxuriate in a wonderful 45-hole golf complex that mirrors the 5-star status of the adjoining hotel and spa.
The East and West 18-hole layouts are complemented by a 9-hole par three course designed by American Kyle Phillips and if you think that his involvement is a sure sign of Verdura’s quality then you’ve guessed right.
The West is arranged as a traditional out-and-back course whilst the East is laid out in two returning loops of nine holes. Significantly, the routing of both courses is such that, when professional tournament play is held at Verdura, a fantastic composite course can easily be set up to include the best holes on each layout. Indeed, the 2012 Sicilian Open tournament course (where Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen claimed his maiden European Tour victory) comprises of an amalgam of both East and West holes.
The more undulating East course features a number of outstanding holes. On the front nine, the short par four 3rd plays to an offset green protected by a handful of bunkers and the waterside 6th – the shortest of the eight par threes on both courses at only 112 yards – is described with good reason as Verdura’s “Postage Stamp” hole.
By way of contrast on the back nine, the par three 12th measures almost 260 yards and it’s the longest one-shotter on the property, set at one of the highest points on the layout. The course ends with a pair of sturdy par fours, the second of which concludes the round in fine style along the water’s edge.