12 January 2017
VERDURA RESORT ADDED TO EUROPEAN TOUR PROPERTIES NETWORK
Verdura Resort’s status as one of Europe’s elite golfing venues has received a major endorsement after becoming the latest addition to the exclusive European Tour Properties network.
The resort has joined the prestigious group as a European Tour Destination and is the second high-profile Italian venue to become a member, following Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, the venue for the 2022 Ryder Cup.
Opened in 2009, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel, has quickly risen to become a leader in modern luxury golf and lifestyle destinations on the continent, and in May will host the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Open, five years after staging the 2012 Sicilian Open.
Nestled adjacent to the Mediterranean in 230 hectares of stunning traditional Sicilian landscape, the resort’s golf facilities include two outstanding championship courses – the East Course and West Course, and a par-three nine-hole course.
Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels and a keen golfer, said: “It’s a privilege to join the exclusive European Tour Properties network of clubs, identifying Verdura Resort as one of the premier golf destinations in Europe.
“Our two 18-hole links golf courses are designed by Kyle Phillips with sweeping views of the Mediterranean from every hole. Our visitors include some of the most famous names in European golf, and becoming a member is further confirmation of the great progress that Verdura has made in recent years in becoming one of the elite golf destinations on the continent.”
Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said: “Verdura Resort is a great addition to the European Tour Properties network. It also represents a double triumph of collaboration as we very much look forward to its hosting of the Rocco Forte Open – Verdura in May.
“The resort boasts fantastic facilities in a spectacular location and, with the support of our European Tour Properties team, I have no doubt it will remain a must-visit destination for all golf fans.”
Complementing Verdura’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.
The European Tour Properties announcement caps an impressive 12 months for Verdura which has seen bookings increase substantially across its golfing sectors in 2016. The success on the course has been mirrored with the resort winning a number of top international accolades, including being named as Italy’s number one golf venue in a recent Golf World 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
For further details on European Tour Properties, go to www.europeantourproperties.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 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 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