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Golf and Sicily

Playing golf in Sicily is a truly special experience.
Given the mild climate, golf is a year-round activity on this beautiful isle, abounding with courses surrounded by the Mediterranean maquis and boasting breathtaking panoramas onto the deep blue sea.Le Madonie Golf Resort and Villa First off, one of the most inspiring places to play golf is the Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, plunged into 230 hectares of gorgeous scenery made up of hills and the coast of the city of Sciacca. This elegant and refined environment, also venue for the 2012 Sicilia Open, boasts three different golf courses (two 18-hole and one 9-hole). The highly sought-after resort is also a destination for those seeking peace and quiet.

For those foodies among you golf enthusiasts, consider a stay at Donnafugata Resort, with its two 18-hole courses and Golf Academy. Situated within the Tenuta di Donnafugata ranch, the Resort is ideal as a homebase for discovering the nearby attractions, whether the Castle of Donnafugata, the Baroque cities in the Val di Noto, UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the nearby locales of Marina di Ragusa, Punta Secca, Sampieri and Santa Croce Camerina, with their pristine beaches and age-old fishing villages. What better than to marry golf, culture and enogastronomy on an Italian holiday?

Another extremely lovely course is Le Madonie Golf, an 18-hole green plunged amidst gently-rolling hills and abrupt valleys; Le Madonie, which hosted the PGA Alps Tour in 2006, also offers a breathtaking view onto the Gulf of Cefalù. Surrounded by 3,000 olive trees, a mix of 2,000 citrus and carob trees, this resort is officially classified as one of the most beautiful courses in Italy.

The Picciolo Golf Club is also 18-holes inside the Parco dell’Etna, between the municipalities of Randazzo, Linguaglossa and Castiglione di Sicilia. Located in a a natural amphitheatre on Mt. Etna's southern slope, Picciolo's links were dug into the dark lavic stone left since the eruption of 1916. The 44 hectares of hilly terrain and the hazards are designed so as to perfectly suit the area's natural characteristics.
And one of the advantages of Picciolo is that players can practice year round; with the proximity of the sea means freezing is not an issue in winter, while an altitude of of 2,133 feet a.s.l. keeps the air cool in summer.

Beyond the pitches for the advanced are various practice ranges geared towards golf neophytes.
Amateurs can take advantge of the Villa Airoldi Golf Club, 140,000 sq m in the heart of the city of Palermo - more specifically in an 18th-Century park marked by fountains, historical monuments and impressive trees.
Otherwise, the Disio Resort in Marsala lies inside a lush and enchanting botanical park.
And last but not least, the Island of Pantelleria offers the Golf Club Pantelleria at a height of 1,050 feet; during the game, expect mesmerizing panoramas, and after, the utmost in relaxation.

Useful Information

18/27-Hole Courses

Donnafugata Golf
Contrada Piombo
97100 Ragusa RA
Tel. 0932-914 200 - Fax:0932-914 222 

Golf Club Il Picciolo
S.s.120 Km.200-contr.rovitello
95012 Castiglione Di Sicilia CT
Tel. 0942-986252 - Fax:0942-986252

Le Madonie Golf Club
Contrada Bartuccelli
90016 Collesano PA
Tel. 0192-934387 - Fax:0192-934199

Verdura Golf
S.S. 115 KM 131
92019 Sciacca AG
Tel. 0925 998179 - Fax:0932-914 222

Practice Ranges

Golf Club Disio
Contrada Scacciaiazzo, 79
91025 Marsala TP
Tel. 0923-1954014 - Fax:0923-1954015
Golf Club Pantelleria
Loc. Sibà
91017 Pantelleria TP
Tel. 035-4328422 - Fax:035-2652639

Villa Airoldi Golf Club

Piazza Leoni, 9
90143 Palermo PA
Tel. 091-543534 - Fax:091-543534