30 September 2015
VERDURA TO HOST BUCCELLATI INVITATIONAL PRO-AM FOR FOURTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR
Professionals and amateurs from across Europe will head to Sicily‟s deluxe Verdura Resort at the end of next month to take part in the prestigious fourth edition of the Buccellati Invitational Pro-Am.
It will be the fourth year in a row that the competition has been hosted by the top European resort and this year‟s event is a sell-out, with 36 teams competing for the chance to lift the prized Sir Rocco Forte trophy from October 29 to November 1.
Teams from France, Switzerland, Russia and the UK will join players from the host nation at the 36-hole event, which will be held on Verdura‟s two 18-hole championship courses – the East and West.
Top Italian professionals Massimo Florioli, Alessandro Tadini and Isabella Maconi and France‟s Cassandra Kirkland are set to feature in the select field alongside key figures from the business and golfing world as they enjoy four days of fun at the award-winning resort, with all this year‟s winners being presented with individual, hand-crafted silver shells thanks to main sponsors Buccellati.
The Buccellati family said: “We‟re delighted to be returning to the beautiful resort of Verdura for the fourth successive year. The pro-am continues to go from strength to strength with eight more teams taking part than last year, and the resort has everything needed for a golf event full of fun and relaxation in equal measure.”
Set in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura – a Rocco Forte hotel and host to the European Tour‟s 2012 Sicilian Open – offers everything needed for a five-star golf break and features a par-three nine hole course as well as two outstanding championship layouts.
Designed by world-renowned architect Kyle Phillips, the 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 the 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 significant upgrade of its rental service this summer.
Verdura 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. Most recently, its East Course was included in Golf World‟s benchmark Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe rankings.
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 and to book a stay, phone +39 0925 99 8180 or 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 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. Most recently, its East Course was included in Golf World‟s benchmark Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe rankings.