Verdura Resort to unveil new-look course in summer 2021

01 September 2020

Excitement is building after Verdura Resort revealed that it is set to reopen its second 18-hole championship course next summer following a major renovation programme.

World-renowned golf architect Kyle Phillips returned to Sicily last year to start work on improving his original design after a freak flood damaged a number of the championship layout’s holes along the coastline at the end of 2018.

Having completed all the design and construction work last autumn and winter, reseeding of the fairways, greens, tees and rough began at Verdura this summer.

The resort – home of the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open – will give the course plenty of time to grow in over the coming months but, providing everything goes according to schedule, it aims to reopen its second layout next summer.

Phillips, famous for layouts such as Kingsbarns Golf Links in Scotland, said: “In early 2019, plans were assembled to conform the new landscape and shoreline configuration.

“The intertwined nature of the layout of the resort’s 36 holes required that the layout of the course remained intact, but there were significant adjustments to the specific design of each hole.

“Players returning to Verdura will be most likely to notice the changes that have occurred along the coastline and how we have incorporated them. All of which will add to the drama, and pleasure, of the course. They will also 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, said: “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.”

The opening of the new-look layout will be an exciting addition to Verdura Resort’s wealth of exclusive luxury facilities that have helped establish the venue as one of the world’s elite golf and lifestyle destinations.

A member of the exclusive European Tour Destinations network, the resort is famous for offering guests an unforgettable five-star golf experience in one of the most beautiful settings in world golf, and was recently named as a recipient of Golf Digest magazine’s coveted ‘2020 Editors’ Choice Award for the Best Resorts in Continental Europe’ for the fifth year in a row.

Nestled in 230 hectares of stunning Mediterranean landscape on Sicily’s southern coast, Verdura’s current golf facilities include an outstanding 18-hole championship course and a par-three nine-hole executive course also designed by Phillips, a double-ended driving range and first-class academy. In addition, the venue features Italy’s only European Tour-approved Performance Institute, where players of all abilities can hone their swings using cutting-edge technology usually only on offer to Tour players.

Verdura Resort features 203 rooms and suites, all with a sea view, including six villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, each with its own private swimming pool. In addition, the venue is set to add to its luxury accommodation portfolio in September by opening eight new modern and spacious private Roccc Forte Villas, with each sloping gently down towards the resort’s private beach and affording unparalled panoramic views of the Sicilian coast and Mediterranean.

Away from golf, guests can enjoy an extensive array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities, as well as the opportunity to sample a wide variety of gastronomy, wine, history and culture.


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About Verdura Resort
Verdura Resort, part of Rocco Forte Hotels and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is the perfect Mediterranean gateway with two kilometres of private beach, Kyle Phillips golf courses, a world-class spa offering a range of holistic therapies, an excellent kids club and four restaurants with gourmet and casual dining options. With 153 rooms, 44 suites and six pool suites, Verdura Resort fuses modern design with environmentally sensitive architecture that is simultaneously luxurious and firmly rooted in Sicilian culture. Home of the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open and a member of the exclusive European Tour Destinations network, the resort’s golf courses are complemented by outstanding practice facilities including Italy’s only European Tour-approved Performance Institute.

About Rocco Forte Hotels
Founded by Sir Rocco Forte and his sister Olga Polizzi in 1996, it is a collection of 15 luxury hotels and resorts with a unique character. All hotels are iconic addresses, both historic and modern, carved out of magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Run by a family that has been involved in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are characterized by a distinctive approach to service, which ensures guests experience the best of the destination and surrounding areas. Rocco Forte Hotels includes: Hotel de la Ville, Hotel de Russie, Rocco Forte House, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotels Amigo, Brussels and Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg. Next openings: Villa Igiea in Palermo and The Westbund Hotel in Shanghai in 2021, and The Carlton Milan in 2023.

About The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (Leading Hotels)
Comprised of more than 375 hotels in over 75 countries, Leading Hotels is a collection of uncommon luxury hotels. Rooted in the locations in which they are found, members embody the very essence of their destination. Through varied styles of architecture and design and distinct cultural experiences enhanced by passionate people, the collection is for the curious traveler looking for their next discovery. Established in 1928 by several influential and forward-thinking European hoteliers, Leading Hotels has an eight-decade-long commitment to providing remarkable, authentic travel experiences. The company selects only hotels that meet its high standards for quality and distinctiveness, resulting in a curated portfolio of hotels united not by what makes them the same, but the details that make them different. Leaders Club is the company’s exclusive two-tiered guest loyalty program, consisting of like-minded travelers seeking uncommon travel experiences. The program provides its members with personalized service and exclusive travel benefits to enhance their stays at any Leading Hotel around the world. For more information visit:, Facebook at and Instagram @leadinghotelsoftheworld

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