Review for Verdura (East)

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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

Date: November 05, 2014


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