17 August 2015
GOLF COURSE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME IS SECOND NATURE TO VERDURA
Sicily‟s deluxe Verdura Resort is taking a step closer to nature after implementing a concerted golf course maintenance programme to further improve the playing experience for golfers and increase the environmental sustainability of the award-winning venue.
Host of the 2012 Sicilian Open, Verdura was recognised by the Italian Golf Federation last year for its renaturalisation work in recreating an authentic and traditional Sicilian golfing experience since opening in 2009, and has continued its long-term commitment to the environment this summer.
Having recreated areas with more than 200 native species of Sicilian plants and improved wetland areas to allow plant life to flourish around the resort – set in 230 hectares of breathtaking landscape overlooking the Mediterranean – attention has focused on improving the grass quality and teeing areas of its two 18-hole championship courses since the spring.
The top contemporary sports and lifestyle destination – a Rocco Forte hotel – has completed a major conversion programme from rye grass to Bermuda grass on all 36 holes of the East and West courses to reduce the amount the amount of water used.
In addition, a schedule of micro-coring has been carried out to further improve the putting surfaces on the greens while the resort‟s team of greenkeepers will begin a six-month bunker reconstruction programme in November to improve drainage and playability ahead of next summer.
David Waters, Head Golf Professional at Verdura Resort, said: “The beautiful, natural Sicilian setting is very much at the heart of what makes the Verdura golf experience so special, and it‟s imperative that we continue to enhance and preserve every part of the course with our sustainability and renaturalisation programmes.
“All our course maintenance programmes are designed to ensure that the beautiful surroundings are coupled with exceptional playing conditions – a combination that makes the golf courses at the resort some of the most enjoyable in Europe.”
Designed by world-renowned architect Kyle Phillips, Verdura‟s three links-style layouts have been built to the highest specifications with tee times arranged at 12-minute intervals to ensure free-flowing play, five sets of tees making the courses playable for golfers of all abilities and one of its courses dedicated daily to two-ball play only.
Complementing its golf courses and nine-hole par-three course are extensive practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and excellent golf academy. Players can also take advantage of the latest state-of-the-art TaylorMade equipment when they hire clubs at the resort after a significant recent upgrade of its rental service. Prices start from €55 (approx £40) for a two-round package.
Verdura, also a member of Leading Hotels of the World, has won widespread recognition across the luxury global travel industry since opening in 2009 with honours including a „Golden Award for Golf„ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards and being named „Best Family European Golf Resort„ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide.
Situated on Sicily‟s southern coast between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, the resort features 203 rooms and suites – all with a sea view. Away from the fairways, guests can enjoy numerous other sports and leisure facilities including six tennis courts, a 60m two-tiered infinity pool, a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and an award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex.
For more information on the resort and to book a stay, phone +39 0925 99 8180 or visit www.roccofortehotels.com Ends
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Since opening in 2009, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotels resort, (www.roccofortehotels.com) has quickly established itself among Europe‟s premier contemporary luxury golf and lifestyle destinations.
The resort is set in 230 hectares of stunning landscape overlooking the Mediterranean with 1.8km of private coastline, and offers golfing guests and families an unparalleled modern five-star experience on the largest island in the Mediterranean. The resort is located on the southern coast of Sicily between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, a 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports.
Verdura features 203 rooms and suites, all with sea view, and is a paradise for golfers, with its outstanding facilities. Golfers from all over the world come to enjoy the two 18-hole championship courses and a nine-hole par-three course, all designed by world-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips and playable all-year-round. Verdura was the host venue for the European Tour‟s 2012 Sicilian Open and its three links-style layouts have been built to the highest specifications. The resort‟s East Course is ranked as one of the finest in continental Europe while its beautiful West Course, also a par-72, provides the ideal complement and features one of the most memorable finishes anywhere in the world with the final four holes set alongside the Mediterranean. The courses are matched by outstanding practice amenities including a double-ended driving range and excellent golf academy.
Verdura‟s other sports facilities include six tennis courts; a 60m two-tiered infinity pool; numerous watersports, one football pitch; a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and a collection of running trails through olive and lemon groves. The resort‟s award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex includes 11 treatment rooms, gym, yoga studio, a 25-metre indoor lap pool, four outdoor Thalassotherapy pools, a double-height steam room, male and female saunas and a spa bar for healthy alternatives.
Guests can sample an authentic taste of traditional Sicily with an array of dishes at one of the resort‟s four restaurants and five bars – with fresh, organic produce sourced straight from Verdura‟s own garden. In addition, visitors can enjoy an array of cultural and culinary experiences where they can discover the secrets of Sicilian cooking, with menus inspired by celebrity chef Fulvio Pierangelini, and taste the many famous wines of the region. There is also plenty to keep the younger members of the family entertained with dedicated kids and teen clubs providing a variety of fun-packed activity programmes throughout the year.
Verdura Resort has received widespread recognition through numerous awards including a „Golden Award for Golf‟ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards and named „Best Family European Golf Resort„ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide.