Kyle Phillips returns: a new era for golf at Verdura Resort
01 October 2020
Few feelings compare with that of teeing off in the Sicilian sunshine, the only sounds the waves of the Mediterranean lapping the shore, on a course that’s welcomed the world’s most talented players. Designed by Kyle Phillips, the architect renowned for layouts including Scotland’s Kinsgbarns Golf Links, our two links-style courses at Verdura Resort have hosted two Sicilian Opens and won a range of awards including Golf Digest Magazine’s coveted ‘2020 Editors’ Choice Award for the Best Resorts in Continental Europe’ for five consecutive years. And the recent addition of our high-tech Golf Performance Institute, featuring tools including Trackman, 4D Motion and SAM Puttlab has only enhanced our offering for players of all skill levels.
Yet late 2018 saw a flash flood damage several of the championship layout’s holes - those closest to the shore - as the shape of the coastline changed. This not only presented us with challenges, but with an exciting opportunity. We called upon Kyle Phillips to not only renovate but enhance the 36-hole layout he originally designed, to offer players a familiar yet tantalisingly new experience. ‘The intertwined nature of the layout of the resort’s holes required that the layout of the course remained intact, but there were significant adjustments to the specific design of each hole,” Phillips explains. “Players returning to Verdura will most likely notice the changes that have occurred along the coastline and how we’ve incorporated them, all of which will add to the drama, and pleasure, of the course.” Design, construction, and reseeding of the fairways, greens, tees and rough is completed, with the new-look layout set to open in summer 2021. As Phillips explains “Players will appreciate playing what is, effectively, a new course, with new surfaces on the greens, freshened bunkers and new turf in the fairways and roughs.”
Sir Rocco Forte, Founder and Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels and a frequent player on both courses, has said of the developments: “I am tremendously excited by the new course and layout, which will enhance both the playing experience and magnificent views over the spectacular Sicilian coastline.” To be amongst the first to experience the latest designs by Kyle Phillips, now is the time to book your stay at Verdura Resort. Browse our range of golfing breaks – which can include unlimited golf, complimentary club and buggy hire, spa treatments and more – to join us in welcoming in a new era for golf in Sicily.
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