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04 February 2016

Press Release

VERDURA TAKES GOLFING EXPERIENCE TO NEW LEVEL WITH NEW COURSE IMPROVEMENTS

Sicily‟s deluxe Verdura Resort is ready to take its golfing experience to new heights after implementing a six-month winter golf course improvement programme.

Already recognised as one of Europe‟s elite golf and luxury lifestyle destinations and named „Best Golf Hotel in Italy‟ at the 2015 World Golf Awards, the venue is carrying out significant maintenance work on all three of its Kyle Phillips-designed courses as it continues to improve the overall playing experience for its guests.

As part of the latest upgrades, Verdura‟s team of greenkeepers is in the process of finishing a major bunker reconstruction programme to improve drainage, playability and presentation, with the work due to be completed by the end of May.

In addition, a schedule of micro and hollow-coring and top dressing has been undertaken to improve the surfaces on and around the greens and tees, unwanted grasses have been removed from the tees and fairways, areas of all three courses have been re-seeded and the soil around the resort‟s numerous olive and citrus trees has been turned to improve their management, maintenance and appearance.

David Waters, Golf Manager at Verdura Resort, said: “Verdura is such a special place to play golf and the maintenance being carried out over the winter will further enhance the resort‟s reputation as one of the best, and most beautiful, places to play golf anywhere in Europe.

“We‟re particularly excited about the reconstruction work that is taking place on the bunkers and we believe that this will greatly improve the five-star golfing experience that we offer to our guests.”

The improvement programme is the latest to be carried out at Verdura as the resort – a Rocco Forte hotel and host of the 2012 Sicilian Open – continues to deliver on its long-term commitment to providing the best luxury experience possible for its customers.

Included in the maintenance work undertaken in 2015 was a major conversion programme on the teeing ground 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 on the two championship layouts.

Set next to the Mediterranean in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura‟s three links-style courses – the East, West and par-three nine-hole course – have all been built to the highest specifications, with starting times arranged at 12-minute intervals to ensure free-flowing play. Five sets of tees make the courses playable for golfers of all abilities and one of its courses is dedicated daily to two-ball play only.

Complementing its golf courses are extensive practice facilities including a double-ended driving range and excellent golf academy, while players can also take advantage of the latest state-of-the-art TaylorMade equipment when they hire clubs at the resort after a recent upgrade of its rental service.

Set 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, 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, most recently, winning the title of „Italy‟s Best Golf Hotel‟ at the 2015 World Golf Awards‟, retaining its place in Golf World‟s benchmark „Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe 2015/16‟ rankings and claiming a „Golden Award for Golf‟ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards. In addition, it was also named „Best Family European Golf Resort„ by the 2011 Tatler Travel Guide, Modern Course in Italy‟ by leading Italian magazine „Il Mondo del Golf’. In addition, Verdura claimed a „Golden Award for Golf‟ at the 2015 Voyages & Hôtels Readers Awards and was 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.