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24 September 2015

Press Release

VERDURA RETAINS ELITE PLACE IN TOP 100 EUROPEAN GOLF LIST

Verdura Resort has cemented its place among European golf‟s elite venues after being named in Golf World‟s benchmark „Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16‟ rankings.

The deluxe Sicilan resort‟s acclaimed East Course retained its position of 60th in the updated edition of the highly-regarded UK list - described as “the most authoritative ranking by the most widely-travelled panel”.

The par-72 layout, which measures 7,354 yards off the back tees, was one of only five Italian courses to be included in the rankings and Chris Bertram, the Top 100 editor, said: “(It is a) super clifftop/parkland golf laid out with élan by Kyle Phillips on the distinctive Sicilian terrain.”

The latest rankings list delivered further good news for Verdura, host venue for the 2012 Sicilian Open, with its other 18-hole championship layout, the West Course, named among the next best 100 courses on the continent, raising expections it will be promoted to the main list when it is next published in 2017.

The magazine stated: “(It was) one of the most unfortunate courses to miss out on selection (to the Top 100) …. we are reassessing the West in 2016; the feeling by many is that it is Top 100 class, with the only proviso that the Phillips design is being maintained to the highest level.”

Marcello Della Vecchia, Director of Golf Sales at Verdura Resort, said: “It‟s a great honour for Verdura to have again been included in the Top 100, one of the most respected ranking lists in the industry, and, with our team continually working hard to enhance the guest experience, we‟re optimistic that the West Course will also feature in 2017 following the magazine‟s kind words.”

Set in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura – a Rocco Forte hotel – is a golfers‟ dream with two 18-hole championship courses as well as a par-three nine hole course.

Designed by world-renowned architect Kyle Phillips, the three links-style layouts have been built to the highest specifications, and complementing the courses are extensive practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and excellent golf academy. In addition, players can take advantage of the latest state-of-the-art TaylorMade equipment when they hire clubs at the resort after a significant upgrade of its rental service.

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 Verdura Resort, phone +39 0925 99 8180 or visit www.roccofortehotels.com

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Verdura Resort
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.