Whenever I think about Switzerland a few things spring to mind. Chocolate, an army knife that can always help you out if you ever need a bottle of wine uncorking, railways that are never late and of course, time. Swiss watches are famous throughout the world and there is a very good reason for that. Not only are they luxurious but also made with precision. Every part and mechanism within the watch works perfectly. If one was to ever fail then the whole thing falls. No matter how insignificant the part may be to the untrained eye, it is essential.
The finest 5* hotels in the world function with the same dynamics of a Rolex. Everything, from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave, is in place. The whole thing runs like clockwork. From the moment you wake you know you are somewhere special. Friendly staff and an exceptional breakfast complete with the glamour and decor that elevates you. The Grand Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina would be our home for the next few days as we sampled the golfing delights of the Engadine Valley.
Pontresina was clearly in a party mood when we arrived. Perhaps they heard that we were in town as the streets were filled with people enjoying the street festival. Live music, street sellers and the smell of delicious food welcomed us as we made our way to the hotel. The hotel itself was stunning. Its neo-baroque architecture was a feast for the eyes. Our room was equally impressive complete with suite and bathroom. From the moment we had arrived it was as if I had elevated up the social ladder. Whatever my true standing was in the real world, I was made to feel like I was most the important person staying there.
When morning came and breakfast was eaten, I took a quick stroll around the town. The street party may have been finished but you wouldn’t have even thought that one had taken place. Pontresina was as clean as a whistle. The crisp alpine air filled my lungs with every step. All around me was beauty. The Alps, glaciers and birdsong was simply breathtaking. It may have been a quick morning stroll but it had certainly reinvigorated me as a day of golf awaited.
We were playing in the Kulm & Kronenhof cup at the Kulm Golf course in St Moritz. The nine-hole Kulm Golf St. Moritz course, first laid out in 1891, tees off close to the centre of the resort, before meandering harmoniously out into the countryside, past the Olympia Bob Run and the former Olympic Stadium (two winter Olympics have been held in St. Moritz, in 1928 and 1948), while enjoying spectacular views over Lake St. Moritz. Lying at a height of 1,860 metres, this demanding par 27 course is among the highest in Europe and was re-laid in 2001 to bring it up to date for the needs of today’s golfers.
A par 3 course, what could possibly go wrong? Not only is the course beautiful but it is also a tough one. One moment you are playing uphill. Out of bounds is just behind some greens, then you are downhill. Club selection is everything here. Thankfully my playing partners Urs and Mario had some tips for me along the way. It was only playing the course again for our back nine that I had managed to iron out the creases of my game. Either way, I was never here to try to win. I was here to see how things are done in Switzerland.
Things are done differently here. 54 players took part in the Kulm & Kronenhof Cup, 20 of those players were female. For me, a journalist, it was a pleasure to see. Equality it appears, is alive and kicking within golf in Switzerland. On one opening tee, the men played before the women. “Whatever happened to ladies first?” I asked them.
“Welcome to Switzerland, where everyone is equal.” Came his reply.
Following the golf we took a stroll around St Moritz. It might be a playground for the rich and famous but a little window shopping was in order. The finest boutiques supply the wealthy with everything they need. For me though it was the Lake that grabbed my attention. In winter, it is easy to imagine it being used as a skating rink, albeit, a large one. There wasn’t much time though. We were invited to the prize giving ceremony at the Kulm Country Club. Restored by British Architect, Norman Foster, the space is a winter Olympian’s paradise full of bobsledding memorabilia from Olympics past. It certainly has an alpine feel to it. With the prizes awarded, part of the club was now becoming an outdoor cinema. Before we knew it our day in St. Moritz was over as we headed back to Pontresina.
The following morning we were off to the Engadine Golf Club. Switzerland's oldest golf club is celebrating it's 125th anniversary this year and we had been invited to play both of the club's courses. Our first port of call was the clubs youngest course.
The Zuoz-Madulain was constructed in 2003. It has clearly been constructed with careful attention to the environment. A mixture of undulating fairways, multiple elevation changes, tricky doglegs and punishing rough made up of meadow flowers and grasses made it a challenging course. Its carefully thought-out landscaping and location alongside an Alpine forest and a fast-flowing river surrounded by snow-capped mountains made for a magical, natural setting.
We were welcomed by the clubs managing director, Ramun Ratti who was coming along to play with us. It was difficult not to like Ramun. He was charming, funny and came complete with a flask of rum that was shared to celebrate any birdies.
The course was in spectacular condition with each hole giving you another challenge to face. Then there were the views. I started to think about Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a place on earth". Don't ask me why but the song just popped into my head as I strolled in search of a lost ball. Humming away aimlessly it turned out that the song perfectly matched the mood I was in. She is right, Heaven is a place on earth and it just so happens to be called Engadine Golf Club.
As we approached the 9th hole Ramun told us about Mulligans, Zuoz-Madulain's halfway house. Tapas was on the menu as well as a Bacon and Egg Toastie. The choice was obvious.You might be able to take the Englishman out of England but you'll never take England out of the Englishman. Bacon and Egg Toastie it was. The food was exceptional and the beer was much needed. It was certainly the finest halfway house I had ever encountered.
Fed and watered (well, liquored) we headed off to complete the rest of the course. It was a challenge. The back nine is certainly more tricky. Walking uphill was beginning to take its toll but it was worth it. With our round complete, Ramun knew just how to celebrate.
"No birdies on the last but hey, let's have some rum to celebrate anyway!"
Who am I to say no to an offer like that. Samedan, the clubs oldest course followed. Zuoz-Madulain may have been the youngest but now we heading to the respectful grandfather of Swiss golf.
The course was where it all began 125 years ago. To celebrate, they are recreating a mixed foursomes tournament just like they did when the course first opened in 1893. A philosophy was established here all those years ago. Golf is for everyone. No matter your age, sex or creed. I turned to Romun to tell him about some courses in Britain and how mixed tournaments are rare. I told him that only now are some clubs even allowing women to play on their courses.
He looked bemused, shaking his head. That was his equality stance. But a businessman also knows bad business when he sees it.
"That doesn't make sense, don't they realise how much business they are losing?"
Golf is a business but it also an experience. Here in Switzerland like many clubs in Europe, the emphasis is on the family. It shows with so many on the course throughout our stay.
Samedan is noticeably a lot flatter that Zuoz-Madulain. It would, however, be a mistake to believe that it is any easier. Just behind the fourth hole tee box is a tree over two centuries old. I wondered what it had witnessed in its time. Given the many famous names who had played this course such as Sean Connery and Aga Khan, it must have seen some amazing tee shots. Oh, the disappointment that tree must have felt when it saw mine.
The two courses might have been completely different but they had something in common. Both had a tremendous heart that only comes from the people that make it a club. Returning to the Kronenhof the sharp realisation that the trip was about to end had hit.
In truth, I felt a little sad but I couldn't help but smile also. Switzerland has some amazing courses that is for sure but what made the trip complete was the people who we met along the way. Friendly, sincere, and welcoming. Switzerland is simply perfection personified.
Where we played:
Kulm Golf Club: http://www.stmoritz-golfclub.ch/de/
Engadine Golf Club: Zuoz-Madulain and Samedan courses: https://www.engadin-golf.ch/
Where we stayed:
The Grand Hotel Kronenhof: https://www.kronenhof.com/en/
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One of Spain's most prestigious golf clubs has made it easier for visitors to enjoy its Tour-proven facilities by partnering with a hotel just five minutes away by complimentary shuttle.
Real Club de Golf El Prat, which has available a number of stay-and-play packages with various hotels, has added the contemporary three-star Aparthotel Attica21 Vallés to its already impressive portfolio of partners in and around the sophisticated city of Barcelona.
The location of the Aparthotel Attica21 Vallés, just a five-minute shuttle ride from the clubhouse, affords a resort feel to Real Club de Golf El Prat, while its 96 fully equipped and furnished modern, comfortable and competitively priced apartments provide an ideal accommodation base for groups wishing to enjoy the freedom afforded by close proximity to both course and city.
Marcello Della Vecchia, director of sales and marketing at El Prat, said: "Partnering with Aparthotel Attica21 Vallés offers many benefits for visitors; not least its competitive pricing and its location, which gives the golf club a resort feel.
"We are now in an enviable position of having a wide choice of highly rated accommodation partners offering preferred rates at our golf course."
Packages at Aparthotel Attica21 Vallés start at just €225 per person, for two nights' B&B, with two green fees, based on two sharing a double room.
The additional option of Aparthotel Attica21 Vallés means stay-and-play packages for visitors to El Prat can now be booked at three-, four- and five-star hotels in and around Barcelona.
Five-star options include The Serras, a luxurious boutique hotel, the Majestic Hotel & Spa, and the Gran Hotel La Florida Hotel, while the equally popular Hotel Sant Cugat offers a four-star alternative - all within easy reach of the golf club and city centre.
Dating back to 1912, El Prat is one of the oldest courses in Spain and remains one of only a small number of clubs to have been granted royal status, hosting more than 250 national and international championships, including the Spanish Open on 10 occasions. It has also played host to some of the biggest names in golf, including home legends Severiano Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal, eight-time Major winner Tom Watson and European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn.
Set across the 518-acre estate of BonVilar - just 35 minutes from the centre of Barcelona - El Prat makes clever use of its 45 Greg Norman-designed holes, over anexciting, varied mix of five highly acclaimed courses: the Open, Blue, Yellow, Pink - ranked the fourth best course in Spain by Golf Digest magazine - and Green. It also offers a modern and lively clubhouse and top-quality practice facilities, including a 300m driving range and a host of specialist short-game areas.
Portugal has a new number one golfing venue after Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort was named top in Golf World magazine’s updated rankings list of the ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe’.
Helped by the instant impact made by West Cliffs Golf Links after opening last summer, the resort moved up an impressive 10 places to fourth in the benchmark industry list of the continent’s elite places to play and stay.
Resorts were assessed across five categories – golf courses, accommodation, amenities, practice facilities and accessibility – and Praia D’El Rey scored highly in each to amass an overall total of 91.9 points out of 100, with the Top 100 panel rating the combined golf-course experience as the best to be found anywhere in Europe.
Praia D’El Rey features two 18-hole championship courses – including West Cliffs, named as the ‘World’s Best New Course’ at the 2017 World Golf Awards – with its golf facilities complemented by an extensive array of other amenities including a five-star hotel, numerous other sports, a luxury spa and health club and variety of restaurant options.
Explaining its decision, the Top 100 panel said: “With two courses in the top 30 in Europe, Praia D’El Rey has the best golf in this list.
“The original Praia D’El Rey golf course has been a fixture in our Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe for almost two decades … and it remains one of Europe’s finest courses.
“This year the destination has jumped 10 places courtesy of Cynthia Dye’s sensational new West Cliffs. We rated West Cliffs so highly, it entered last year’s Top Courses ranking at 25 – one of the highest new entries ever.
“West Cliffs comes alive at the fourth and then takes you on a stunning journey over 200 hectares of dunes and coastal vegetation, delivering outstanding views over the ocean. (Meanwhile), the resort’s recently-renovated beachfront Marriott Hotel, just a 10-minute drive or shuttle away, is a slick well-run hotel with great service and amenities.”
Situated less than an hour north of Lisbon, West Cliffs was designed by Cynthia Dye, her first course in Portugal, and has already received numerous international accolades, including being ranked second in the Top 100 Golf Courses website’s latest list of the top golfing layouts in Portugal.
Complementing it is Praia D’El Rey’s 18-hole championship course which, designed in 1997, is set amidst a combination of extensive pine forests and undulating dunes, and features spectacular views over the Atlantic and the Berlengas Islands beyond.
In addition to golf, Praia D’El Rey offers an array of other world-class sports and leisure facilities including remodelled five-star ocean front and ocean premium accommodation at a cost of nearly €1m and an upgrade of its restaurant facilities.
Francisco Cadete, director of golf at Praia D’El Rey Marriott Golf & Beach Resort and West Cliffs Golf Links, said: “To be judged as the number one resort in Portugal, ahead of so many other leading contenders, is a huge achievement and makes everyone here very proud.
“The opening of West Cliffs has helped to take Praia D’El Rey to a whole new level and, with continued investment on and off the course, we’re determined that the resort will remain at the forefront of golf in Portugal and Europe in the years ahead.”
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Quinta do Lago, one of the most prestigious sport and lifestyle destinations, has further strengthened its world-renowned reputation by climbing to an impressive fifth place in Golf World’s ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe 2018’ rankings.
The exclusive resort on the sun-kissed Algarve rose four places in the respected list following this year’s refurbishment of the chic 74-bedroom Magnolia Hotel, which now offers visitors a first-class, yet affordable, accommodation option with a range of stay-and-play options.
In ranking it so highly, Golf World said: “We’ve always been a fan of this grand resort on the outskirts of Vilamoura. With two courses in our most recent Golf World Top 100 Courses Continental Europe ranking, and a third that could genuinely compete for inclusion, the quality of the golf offering has never been in question.
“In our inaugural European resorts ranking in 2016, we docked them a few points because, while there are numerous hotel options on the expansive property, at the time, Quinta do Lago actually only owned villa accommodation.
“We felt this detracted a little from the intimate ‘resort’ experience many golfers want. This has all changed now with the addition of the new Magnolia Hotel. The resort has modern boutique accommodation of the highest quality that also includes a selection of suites and cottages.
“The resort also recently opened a new state-of-the-art multisport hub, The Campus, which offers a wide range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities. Quinta do Lago remains a fantastic place to play golf and be as relaxed or as active as you want.”
Quinta do Lago is famed for its highly acclaimed three 18-hole championship courses, practice facilities, including the TaylorMade Performance Centre – the only one in southern Europe – and the Paul McGinley Academy.
The iconic and eye-catching South Course, host of the Portuguese Open on eight occasions, continually features strongly in the world golf rankings and is considered by many to be the jewel in the Quinta do Lago crown.
The North Course – redesigned in the autumn of 2014 by renowned American designer Beau Welling and former victorious European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley, at a cost of €9.6 million – has just been nominated in the Publituris Travel Awards, known as the Oscars of Tourism in Portugal, 2018 Best Golf Course section.
And the scenic par-72 Laranjal, which winds its way through orange groves, won Portugal’s Best Golf Course of 2011 at the Portuguese Travel Awards thanks to its pristine fairways and immaculate greens.
But it is not just the golf that has seen Quinta do Lago rocket to number five in the rankings as the resort, positioned in the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park and just 15 minutes from Faro airport, is home to an array of fine restaurants and world-class leisure facilities.
Among the dining options are the award-winning Bovino Steakhouse, famed for its prime steaks, and Casa do Lago, which serves the finest fish and other delicious Mediterranean dishes, all on a lakeside setting complete with outside terrace, pool and fire pit.
And Quinta do Lago’s commitment to continually ensure it is a leader in its field, has seen the conclusion of the new multi-million-pound Campus – a 45,000 sq foot, world-class sports hub that is designed for athletes of all levels.
The Campus boasts a fully-equipped multisport training, performance, recovery, rehabilitation, aquatic and hydrotherapy centre, as well as top-of-the-range acrylic and synthetic clay and padel courts, while the high-tech Desso Hybrid Grassmaster pitch has already attracted some of the biggest professional football clubs in the world this year as part of their training camps.
Real Club de Golf El Prat, already considered one of the continent’s most prestigious golf courses, has further cause for celebration after making an impressive gain in Golf World magazine’s coveted ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe 2018’ rankings.
El Prat, which has hosted the Spanish Open on 10 occasions, moved up three places to 16th position in the updated list of the continent’s top-rated golfing venues.
The esteemed club offers a mouth-watering choice of 45 holes, while agreements with an array of hotel partners including in the vibrant city of Barcelona makes it the perfect getaway for players who are looking to combine superb golf with a city break.
The Golf World Top 100 judging panel said: “No fewer than 45 holes and almost all require coming to terms with Greg Norman’s penchant for sprawling bunkers. Two of the nine-hole loops comprise our 36th ranked Top 100 Continental Europe course. Incredible strength in depth.”
El Prat is one of the oldest clubs in Spain dating back to 1912, and has hosted some of the biggest names in the game, including Spanish legends Severiano Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal, eight-time Major winner Tom Watson and European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn.
Situated just a 35-minute drive from the Catalan capital of Barcelona, the famous Spanish venue is one of only a small number of clubs to have been granted royal status by King Alfonso XIII, with its vast layout stretching across the 518-acre estate of BonVilar since 2002.
And El Prat is going back to its roots from mid-November by offering guests the opportunity to play the highly-acclaimed Pink “Open” Course that was originally designed by Greg Norman, as well as its popular Yellow Course.
The iconic Pink “Open” Course is widely regarded as the best layout at El Prat and was ranked fourth in US magazine Golf Digest’s latest list of the best courses in Spain.
The prestigious venue has been home to major Spanish and international amateur tournaments, such as the 2013 European Amateur Championships and has held more than 250 national and international championships.
El Prat was recently named one of the 125 Platinum Clubs of the World – Five-star Private Club – in recognition of attaining a standard of excellence by an international panel of experts, historians and connoisseurs in a confidential ballot, as well as being granted the Golden Plaque of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit.
The course also offers a modern and lively clubhouse and top-quality practice facilities, in addition to a 300m driving range and a host of specialist short-game areas.
For more information please visit www.realclubdegolfelprat.com
Carrossa has unveiled a glittering array of autumn packages to suit every holiday need, as Mallorca’s newest luxury hotel celebrates a hugely successful couple of months with tailor-made stays for golfers.
Situated near the historic town of Artà, in the north east of the island, Carrossa, which was once a grand manor house, is a paradise for visitors wishing to avoid the crowds and enjoy the serene backdrop of the rolling hills of Llevant and the breath-taking views of the bay of Alcúdia.
The five-star resort, which has partnered with some of the finest courses on the sun-kissed island, has devised two premium golf packages for guests this autumn.
Between October 21 and November 18, a four-night, gourmet half-board break with one green fee at both the nearby Capdepera and Canyamel, as well as 50 per cent discount on the latest high-quality golf club rental sets, costs from just £534 (€599) per person, while the premium seven-night package with green fees at Capdepera, Canyamel, Club de Golf Alcanada and Son Servera starts from just £1,016 (€1,139) per person.
Golf in Mallorca is of the highest quality with the multi-award-winning Alcanada considered to be one of the most prestigious clubs on the Balearic island, while also being the only one next to the sea. Capdepera, which is less than 10 miles from Carrossa, provides a real contrast in scenery with Dan Maples’ layout winding through both a valley and the Llevant hills.
Canyamel is a stunning 6,764-yard, par-73 course, designed by golf architect José Gancedo, that is known for its high quality, and Son Servera is a scenic parkland 18-hole course that winds its way below a range of pine trees and mountains with beautiful views over the bay of Cala Millor.
Carrossa is home to a stunning 1,500m2 state-of-the-art wellness centre, which has been built and designed to the highest specification with saunas, steam bath, ice fountain, and a wide selection of massage, beauty and special treatments, as well as a high-tech gym.
The former manor ground gardens of Carrossa are also home to an inviting heated outdoor panoramic infinity pool and deck that provides the perfect setting for relaxing under the Mediterranean sun.
Carrossa has already gained a glowing reputation for its fine cuisine and the resort offers plenty of culinary options, with a delicious array of sophisticated international and local dishes in the fine-dining Restaurant Carrossa, or an extensive choice of dishes, such as tapas, in the more informal Bistro Badia, both of which deliver panoramic views from the terrace.
With just 75 luxurious rooms and suites, the five-star estate has an intimate feel to it and the owners, the Hamacher family, have ensured the estate’s building and gardens retained their natural charm.
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For golfers with a love of gastronomy, Argentario Golf Resort & Spa (www.argentarioresort.com) in south west Tuscany is offering a ‘Golf & Taste’ experience this autumn as the region celebrates the grape and olive harvests with a series of food festivals.
After a round of golf over Argentario’s stunning layout overlooking the Orbetello Lagoon, foodies can indulge themselves in culinary delights created by chef Riccardo Cappelli in the Resort’s stylish Dama Dama Restaurant, named after the fallow deer that occasionally roam the resort.
Based on the flavours and colours of the local terrain, Cappelli’s cuisine is prepared using authentic produce from small, carefully-selected local farms and, at this time of the year, with some ingredients coming directly from the hotel’s organic vegetable garden and orchard.
During October, for example, Argentario will be harvesting its own olives from the ancient groves that border the back nine of the golf course. The olive oil produced from the crop will be used in the preparation of the Tuscan specialties in the Restaurant and can also be sampled by guests in its pure form, simply with bread.
The design hotel near Porto Ercole on the Monte Argentario peninsula has also teamed up with a number of wineries and olive oil mills in the Maremma and runs tasting tours to the Le Mortelle Winery, for example, which is owned by the historic wine family of Antinori. Guests can visit the winery, complete with wine tasting, as part of the ‘Golf & Taste’ package or as an independent excursion during a stay in this stunning part of Tuscany.
Another interesting foodie option is a visit to Frantoio Franci, a charming olive oil mill in the idyllic landscape of Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Frantoio Franci produces a range of top quality extra virgin olive oils which can be tasted during a visit alongside a small aperitif of honey, cheese and red wine. It’s just a pleasant one-hour drive from coastal Monte Argentario, across the Tuscan countryside and to the medieval hamlet of Montenero d’Orcia.
Whilst Tuscan cuisine is delicious year-round, for many visitors there is something special about the seasonal dishes that are produced in the autumn. Added to which, at this time of the year, many of the nearby villages honour the harvest with festivals where visitors can taste seasonal produce such as chestnuts and savour local wines. For the foodie foragers, there are also opportunities to go hunting for mushrooms and truffles.
Between late October and early November, a host of festivals take place around the Argentario Promontory like the unique Gustatus Wine & Food Festival (31 October to 4 November) in the nearby town of Orbetello which features food and wine tastings, cultural events, street artists and live music. Other events on nearby in the autumn include:
Ø Grape Festival on Giglio Island – 27, 28 & 29 September 2018. Open wineries and tastings from 8pm in the village of Castello.
Ø Bruschetta and Olio Nuovo Festival in Montegiovi – 29 & 30 September 2018.
Ø Grape Festival in Scansano – 29 & 30 September 2018. Open wineries to pay homage to the DOCG red wine, Morellino di Scansano.
Ø Grape Festival in Cinigiano – 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 October 2018. In addition to wine tastings, there is also a float parade.
Ø Amiantino Mushroom Festival in Bagnolo – 6, 7, 13 & 14 October 2018.
Ø Chestnut Festival in Monticello Amiata – 12, 13 & 14 October 2018.
Ø Chestnut Festival in Arcidosso – 19, 20 &21 October 2018.
Ø Wine Festival “Gustatus” in Orbetello – from 31 October to 4 November 2018. Tastings, cultural events, street artists and live music in the streets of the pretty lagoon town.
Event Source: www.tuttomaremma.com Dates may change & more information can be found at the local tourist office.
Added to this, the autumn colours in Tuscany at this time of the year are simply mesmerizing whilst the weather is cooler yet often sunny, and there are far few tourists around than in the busy summer season.
The ‘Golf & Taste’ package includes:
· One green fee per person at Argentario Golf Club
· Welcome drink
· Buffet breakfast
· One welcome dinner with Tasting Menu and Argentario wine selection included
· On the second day, a visit of your choice between:
Le Mortelle Winery with lunch and wine tasting included (transfer not included; the winery is in Castiglione della Pescaia, about 1 hour from the Resort)
“Frantoio Franci” mill with olive oil tasting (3 samples) and a small aperitif with honey, cheese and a glass of red wine (transfer is not included, the olive oil mill is in Montenero d’Orcia, about 1 hour from the Resort)
· Spa access with use of pools, gym, fitness courses, sauna, Kneipp circuit, Turkish bath, thalassotherapy
· Use of driving range
· Use of padel and tennis courts, jogging paths and small football pitch
· Garage Parking
· Wi-fi internet
The 3-night package from Euros 595.50 per person, in a double room sharing – BOOK 3 NIGHTS
For stays of 7 nights or more, the package includes 3 green fees per person and 2 dinners with Tasting menu and Argentario wine selection, from Euros 1,372 per person, in a double room sharing – BOOK 7 NIGHTS
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Verdura Resort has further cemented its place among the continent’s elite golfing venues after retaining its position as Italy’s number one in Golf World magazine’s new rankings list of the ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe’.
Home of the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open, the deluxe resort was rated sixth in the latest benchmark industry poll of Europe’s premier places to play and stay, one of eight Italian resorts to be included in the updated list.
Assessed over five different categories – golf courses, accommodation, practice facilities, accessibility and amenities – Verdura scored a total of 91.6 points of out of 100, with the magazine’s judging panel praising the venue for being “high calibre in every category.”
The Top 100 panel said: “Verdura is a stunning Sicilian resort and, like most of the destinations in the top 10, boasts two high-quality courses. The East is ranked 61st in our Top 100 Courses in Continental Europe while the adjacent West is hammering on the door.
“The East is comprised of two returning nines, while the West enjoys a links-style, straight out and straight back design. Both enjoy spectacular sea views courtesy of Kyle Phillips’ intelligent routing that sends several holes of both out along the cliff edges.
“There’s also a nine-hole par-three course crafted by the same designer. Overall, Verdura is high calibre in every category.”
Nestling adjacent to the Mediterranean in 230 hectares of stunning landscape, Verdura’s world-class golf facilities include two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – as well as a par-three nine-hole course, double-ended driving range and first-class academy.
The award is the latest top international honour to be bestowed on the exclusive resort – a Rocco Forte hotel and European Tour destination – with other accolades including being the recipient of an ‘Editors’ Choice Award for Best International Resorts’ from Golf Digest magazine, the world’s best known golf title, for the last three years.
Antonio Castelo, director of golf at Verdura Resort, said: “The new list features some of the biggest and most celebrated names in European golf, so to be ranked inside the top 10 and retain its place as Italy’s top-rated golf resort is a huge honour, and testament to the high-standard of facilities and service that we continue to offer our golfers.
“Verdura may still be relatively new compared to other resorts but, having hosted a European Tour event the last two years, it is now firmly established among the world’s premier luxury golfing venues and we’re determined to continue building on our success in the coming years.”
Situated on Sicily’s southern coast between Agrigento and the fishing city of Sciacca, an 80-minute drive from Trapani and Palermo airports, Verdura Resort features 203 rooms and suites, all with a sea view, as well as six villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, each with its own private swimming pool.
Away from the fairways, the resort features an array of other luxury sports and lifestyle facilities, while guests also have the opportunity to sample, on and off-site, a taste of the gastronomy, wine, history and culture that has made Sicily famous across the world.
European Tour Properties venues have claimed six of the Top 10 rankings in the latest Top 100 Golf Resorts Continental Europe 2018 ranking released by Golf World (UK) magazine.
With a total of 12 venues across the Top 100, the European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues has made a strong impression across the continent, demonstrating the calibre of the destinations in its portfolio and further establishing the brand as a stamp of excellence, on and off the fairways.
The No. 1 and No. 2 spots were secured respectively by European Tour Destinations Terre Blanche, situated in the hills of Provence close to the French Riviera, and PGA Catalunya Resort, home to Spain’s no.1 course, located in north-eastern region of Spain’s Costa Brava.
Other European Tour Properties that ranked in the Top 10 are Quinta do Lago, Portugal (5th), Verdura Resort, Italy (6th), Finca Cortesin, Spain (8th), and Maxx Royal Golf & Spa, Turkey (10th).
On the eve of The 2018 Ryder Cup, host venue Le Golf National, France, enjoys a rise of eight places to No. 15.
Iain McInally, Director of Operations, European Tour Properties, said: “Our network features some of the most prestigious golf and lifestyle resorts in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and this ranking underlines our position as the world’s premier golf and real estate brand.”
He added: “It also affirms that golf travellers worldwide can put their trust in our brand when booking a golf break, able to rest assured that any venue in the European Tour Properties network will deliver first-class facilities and tournament-quality golf.”
Also featuring in the Top 100 from European Tour Properties were Lighthouse Golf Resort & Spa, Bulgaria (52), Linna Golf, Finland (67), Diamond Country Club, Austria (88), and Villaverde Hotel & Resort, Italy (95).
Regarded as the authority on European golf courses and resorts, Golf World compiled a panel of 18 industry experts to review and judge resorts from across the Continent.
The categories taken into account included: The Golf Course(s), The Resort Experience, Location, Practice Facilities, and Amenities.
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