at Verdura Resort
Verdura Resort S.S. 115 Km 131, Sicily , 92019
Designed by Kyle Phillips, our three magnificent courses will inspire the novice player and set a challenge for the most experienced.
Kyle, famous for his designs of links courses such as Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland, has created two 18-hole championship golf courses and a nine-hole par-3 course at Verdura. Every hole offers sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, within an amphitheatre of Sicilian mountains. The two 18-hole courses, The East and The West, challenge golfers of all abilities and have five tee positions on each hole. A nine-hole par-3 appeals to novices and juniors, as do the first-rate practice and teaching facilities. This is golf on a grand scale, with the personal service and attention of a private club.
The East Course
Our undulating East Course provides a truly memorable round of golf. Early highlights include the short par four 3rd and the early water holes at the 5th and 6th, each with stunning outlooks. From the 13th onwards, the course turns seaward, plummeting and swooping across glorious links terrain. The best is saved for last, with the penultimate hole rising gently into the foot of a Sicilian hillside. The 18th is a fabulous par four closer, crashing from an elevated tee along the craggy coastline.
The West Course
The beachside holes are the star attraction on our beautiful West Course. The sparkling Mediterranean Sea first comes into view at the 8th and 9th, before returning for a four-hole encore at the 15th. It’s these final four holes, with their uninterrupted views, that steal the show. The 16th and 18th are beautiful two-shotters, while the 15th and 17th are dominated by watery backdrops. The 18th brings you home right along the shoreline, providing a rousing finish to an unforgettable round.
Hole 6, 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.
Hole 18, 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, 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.