Sicily

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the narrow Strait of Messina separates it from mainland Italy. Whilst Mount Etna smoulders menacingly in the background in the north east corner of the island, locals just get on with their daily business as usual, welcoming tourists in ever-increasing numbers every year to this charming holiday destination.

Golfers in Sicily are well catered for with a total of 126 holes available for play at five different golf facilities. These range from the homely little 9-hole course at Villa Airoldi in Palermo to the magnificent new 45-hole Verdura complex near Sciacca.

In between these golfing extremes, you’ll find a couple of Luigi Rota Caremoli-designed layouts at Picciolo and Le Madonie as well as two contrasting 18-hole courses at Donnafugata, near Vittoria.

Without doubt, the top tracks on the island are those at the luxury Verdura Resort, where half the fairways from the East and the West courses created a composite championship layout when the Sicilian Open was held here in 2012.

Donnafugata hosted the inaugural competition the year before and its Parkland and Links courses, designed by Gary Player and Franco Piras, form the centerpiece of an impressive five-star resort.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Sicily

Verdura (East)

1st Sicily - Best in Area

The more undulating East course at Verdura features a number of outstanding holes and the waterside 6th is described with good reason as the golf resort’s “Postage Stamp” hole.

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Description: The more undulating East course at Verdura features a number of outstanding holes and the waterside 6th is described with good reason as the golf resort’s “Postage Stamp” hole. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Verdura (West)

2nd Sicily - Best in Area

A couple of holes on the front nine of the West course at the Verdura Golf Resort skirt an old railway line before the blue waters of the Mediterranean are reached at holes 8 and 9…

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Description: A couple of holes on the front nine of the West course at the Verdura Golf Resort skirt an old railway line before the blue waters of the Mediterranean are reached at holes 8 and 9… Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Donnafugata (Links)

3rd Sicily - Best in Area

One of two 18-hole courses at the luxury Donnafugata Resort in the south of Sicily, the Links layout is a Franco Piras design that sits on open, rolling terrain a few miles from the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Description: One of two 18-hole courses at the luxury Donnafugata Resort in the south of Sicily, the Links layout is a Franco Piras design that sits on open, rolling terrain a few miles from the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Rating: 5 out of 6

Donnafugata (Parkland)

4th Sicily - Best in Area

Gary Player's Parkland layout at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa hosted the inaugural Sicilian Open in March of 2011, only five months after it was first unveiled to the golfing public.

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Description: Gary Player's Parkland layout at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa hosted the inaugural Sicilian Open in March of 2011, only five months after it was first unveiled to the golfing public. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

Il Picciolo

5th Sicily - Best in Area

Established in 1989, the 18-hole layout at Il Piccioli Golf Club is one of only half a dozen golf courses that are currently available for play in Sicily...

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