09 March 2017
NEW VERDURA RESORT LAYOUT READY TO THRILL EUROPEAN TOUR
Stars from the European Tour will have the chance to experience one of the most spectacular and picturesque courses on the 2017 Tour calendar following confirmation of the course that will be used for The Rocco Forte Open – Verdura in Sicily this spring.
Taking place at Verdura Resort from May 18-21, the tournament – the first time that it has been held – will feature a composite course combining the finest holes from the venue’s two award-winning 18-hole championship courses, the East Course and West Course.
Measuring 7,352 yards, the par-72 lay-out will comprise of nine holes each from the two Kyle Phillips-designed courses and will feature one of the most dramatic finishes in world tournament golf, with the final six holes running adjacent to the coast and set against the magnificent backdrop of the azure Mediterranean Sea.
Mike Stewart, tournament director for The Rocco Forte Open – Verdura, said: “We are really excited by the selection of holes which form the composite course put together by Kyle Phillips. It will provide an outstanding test of golf in a truly spectacular setting.
“Sir Rocco Forte was also involved in the final routing as he was keen to see the tournament finish on the spectacular 18th hole of the East Course.
“The final hole will provide a suitable climax to a superb course. The tee shot is played against a backdrop of the cliffs with the coastline of Sicily lying to the right with the waves from the Mediterranean Sea breaking on the shoreline below. During the 2012 Sicilian Open, this proved to be the hardest hole on the course.”
A new addition to the European Tour calendar, the tournament will take place five years after Verdura Resort hosted the 2012 Sicilian Open, which was won by Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen.
Olesen fought off fierce competition from European Ryder Cup star Chris Wood to claim his first victory on the European Tour, and Marco Truffelli, General Manager at Verdura Resort, believes the course will provide the perfect platform for a thrilling finale to this year’s event.
Truffelli said: “Everyone at the resort is thrilled with the course that has been agreed and both the players and spectators are in for a real treat.
“The course is shaping up very nicely and I’m sure will help to inspire some fantastic golf. May is an ideal time to play golf in Sicily and we’re looking forward to showcasing the many delights that the island has to offer to the golfing world.”
Nestling adjacent to the Mediterranean in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel and European Tour Destination, is ideal for a golf break and features two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – as well as a par-three nine hole course, all designed by Kyle Phillips.
Complementing Verdura Resort’s outstanding golf courses are extensive golf practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and outstanding academy, which will be further enhanced in the new year with the installation of the latest Trackman launch monitor, 3-D motion force plates and SAM PuttLab technology.
In addition, guests can enjoy numerous other sports and leisure amenities including six tennis courts, an array of different watersports, a 170sqm fully-equipped gym and an award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex.
Verdura Resort has enjoyed an outstanding last 12 months with the resort winning a number of top international accolades including, most recently, being named as Italy’s number one golf venue in an industry list of continental Europe’s top 100 golf resorts.
Situated on Sicily’s southern coast between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, Verdura Resort features 203 rooms and suites – all with a sea view.
Away from the fairways, the resort features an array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities while guests also have the opportunity to sample a taste of the gastronomy, wine, history and culture that has made Sicily famous across the world.
For more information on Verdura Resort, visit www.roccofortehotels.com
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Since opening in 2009, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotels resort, (www.roccofortehotels.com ) has quickly established itself amongst Europe’s premier contemporary exclusive 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 views, and is a paradise for golfers with its outstanding facilities. Players from all over the world come to enjoy the two 18-hole championship courses and a nine-hole par-three course, with all three links-style layouts designed by world-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips, built to the highest specifications and playable all-year-round. A member of the exclusive European Tour Properties network as a European Tour Destination, Verdura was the host venue for the 2012 Sicilian Open and will have the honour of staging the 2017 Rocco Forte Open in May. 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 international recognition and won numerous awards since opening. Among its most recent honours, it was ranked fourth in Golf World’s inaugural list of the ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe’ and named by Golf Digest as a recipient of an ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts 2016. In addition, the resort won the title of ‘Italy’s Best Golf Hotel’ at the 2015 World Golf Awards’; retained its place in Golf World’s benchmark ‘Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16’ rankings and claimed a ‘Golden Award for Golf’ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards. It was also named ‘Best Family European Golf Resort‘ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide, while it was the recipient of two accolades at the 2015 Spafinder Wellness Travel Awards in the ‘Best for Couples’ and ‘Wow Factor’ categories.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a family of 10 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg.
Future opening: Jeddah in 2016, Shanghai in 2018, Rome in 2018
Rosie O’Brien, Group Communications Director
Rocco Forte Hotels