at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort
Hole 18, The Verdura East Course
The final hole on the East Course at Verdura is truly unforgettable, a suitable climax to a superb course. The tee shot is played against a backdrop of the cliffs and an ancient ruin with the coastline of Sicily lying to the right with the waves breaking on the shoreline. From the Championship tee , the long Par 4 hole measures 436 meters but with a choice of 5 tees, the hole can be played down to a more manageable 319 meters depending on one’s handicap and adventurous nature! The drive is aimed at a diagonally placed fairway with a drop in altitude of 10 meters from the tee to a safe landing zone on closely mown grass. The demanding second shot to the green must carry a deep hollow before rising up to the undulating putting surface set directly against the cliff face and a “watery grave” should you venture any distance right of the green. It is no coincidence that this was the hardest ranking hole during the European Tour Sicilian Open 2012. It is not hyperbole that Verdura has been described as Europe’s counterpart of Pebble Beach!
Hole 18, The Verdura West Course
The West Course at Verdura delivers us onto the coast for a final loop of four fine holes concluding in the spectacular eighteenth played from a tee built on apromontory next to the sea reminiscent of the “lighthouse” 9th hole at Turnberry.
Offering a playing distance from 302 to 398 meters, this gently rounded right to left par 4 plays into the prevailing south –east wind making the drive around the bay all the more intimidating. With three bunkers on the right side of the fairway guarding an overly protective, and dry, drive, this tee shot requires confidence, accuracy of strike and a steely determination to finish one’s round with happy memories. A glorious second shot to the green situated below the restored 14th Century Torre Verdura will earn applause from spectators dining on the clubhouse terrace overlooking this scene of golfing delight.
Hole 6, Verdura East Course
Nowhere is the Scottish links inspiration more present, and the short sixth will become one of the most photographed holes in Europe. No green could be closer to the sea than this! Club selection will vary greatly depending on the strength and direction of the wind and the actual playing distance of between 85 and 112 meters is of very little importance to one’s calculations. This is Verdura’s “Postage Stamp” and is, coincidently, exactly the same distance from the back tee of 112 meters and although early in one’s round, it could easily make or mark one’s card.