Verdura (East) - Sicily - Italy

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort,
S.S. 115 Km 131,
92019 Sciacca,

  • +39 092 599 8001

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.

When professional tournament play was first held at Verdura, a fantastic composite course was set up to include the best holes on each layout. Indeed, the layout used to stage the 2012 Sicilian Open (when Denmark’s Thorbjørn claimed his maiden European Tour victory) comprised a mix of East and West holes.

Unfortunately, severe storms in late 2018 caused an embankment to breach which resulted in flooding across fourteen holes, seven on the East and seven on the West). Kyle Phillips rearranged the routing to retain all of the damaged holes, along with four remodelled holes on the new East course configuration.

Highlight holes now include the par four 6th, where the Mediterranean Sea runs the length of the fairway on the right side and the approach plays over a saltwater inlet that was created by the flood. The short par three 13th is another feature hole, playing in the opposite direction to a green that lies right on the water’s edge.

The new par five 8th and par four 10th holes also share a large double green, a move that has pleased owner Sir Rocco Forte, a keen golfer who appreciates such a nod towards traditional links golf course design.

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Description: Designed by Kyle Phillips, the 18-hole East course at the Verdura Resort is complemented by both the 18-hole West course and an entertaining 9-hole par three layout. Rating: 9.3 out of 10 Reviews: 3
John Martin

Me and my partner stayed and played at Donnafugata and Verdura on a two destination golf holiday in September 2017.

After the disappointment of Donnafugata (also reviewed) the two courses at Verdura were a revelation. I had been looking forward to playing a Kyle Phillips’ designed course since seeing the glowing reviews of Kingsbarns and I was not disappointed. These are both stunning gems and in my opinion should be amongst the top courses in Europe.

It is hard to pick a favourite between the East and the West, as they are similar in character and each a joy to play. There is hardly a weak hole amongst the 36 and both courses end with stunningly picturesque (and difficult) stretches of holes.

As both courses are on the coast the wind largely dictates the difficulty, but both courses generally have wide enough fairways to enjoy the round no matter what the conditions. The difficulty generally lies with getting close to the pins on the large and undulating putting surfaces.

On the East course, 16, 17 and 18 make a fine climax to the round and a real test for anyone with a good card going up to that point. The 16th is a short par 3, but fiendishly bunkered and with a narrow undulating green. It is also set across the prevailing wind and so getting close to the pin can be tough and anyway away from the pin brings a 3 putt into view! The 17th is a mid-length par 4, played down to the fairway and then up to a two-tiered green set into a hill – judgement of the second shot is vital. The final hole is a longish par 4, played from a raised tee with the Mediterranean Sea awaiting a slice. The second is a mid to long iron played to a large green sloping severely back to front. Three pars on these holes and a drink in the old castle-style clubhouse would have been well earned!

The Rocco Forte hotel around which these courses are designed is expensive, but for those able to afford the prices Verdura is a stunning location for a golf holiday.

October 21, 2017
10 / 10
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Andy Waple
I played Sicily’s top four courses in September – the two each at Verdura and Donnafugata. I didn’t really know what to expect of golf here but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how good the courses really are – both in terms of lay-out and difficulty. Verdura’s East Course plays 7,300 yards off the blacks and it seemed even longer as the fairways were not running. The greens too were a little slow – something I found on all four courses. It seems September is too hot for them to cut anything short or they get scorched. As a result I’d recommend most players use the forward tees on the four courses. I play off 10 and they were very challenging even off the front. The East is a lovely course – undulating fairways, bunkers everywhere and sloping greens adding to the fun. There is plenty of variety and the overall feel of the place with mountain backdrops and lots of shoreline holes make it a delight. The fairways are pretty generous if you avoid the sand and there are lots of elevated tees and greens making clubbing pretty taxing. My favourite hole on the front was the 4th a pretty, long and damn difficult par 5. The back nine opens with a poser created by a large bunker in driving range right in the middle of the fairway. From here the course heads a little inland for a few excellent and varied holes including the 220 yards uphill par three 12th, and the 13th with a sunken green. On you to a lovely finale – the super par 4 17th to an elevated green and the tantalising classic finishing hole featuring what appears to be the course’s only tight fairway with out of bounds on the right and golf’s equivalent of a ha-ha in front of the green. I loved this course, despite the grass being long on the fairways and greens to protect them from the baking September sun. @andywaple @drivinggolf
November 05, 2014
8 / 10
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Probably a tougher course than the West, especially the back 9 which was the actual back 9 of the Sicilian open. The wind can be strong over there and many of the par 4 exceed 400 meters, namely 5th and 17th respectively measuring 460 and 430 meters!! Verdura is a great place to play golf. The 6th par 3 is my favorite hole on the whole property. I hope to return while Sicily is still relatively unknown as a golf destination. Cédric
May 14, 2013
10 / 10
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