Golfing in Italy? Come to Sicily

By Sergio González | 10:15

Sicily still keeps the unspoiled Golden Mediterranean taste of the 60's

Italy is holding in its vaults the most sacred pieces of art, it’s a prime cultural destination, a place born with many of the most applauded art movements in our history and home of the monuments and cities we all want to visit at least once in our lifetime.

Florence, Pisa, Verona or the overwhelming Rome and Venice -just to name a few because every single town or village in Italy   worth the visit- can make us dream about living a medieval Italian tale; but we would be missing a lot if we just stayed there.

Sicily is the biggest Mediterranean island and the greatest place to look at the Southern Europe shore as it was, full of unspoiled landscapes of Mediterranean coves and pine forests, a unique naif architecture and despite the bad look provided by films, a very friendly and welcoming people.

If you’re thinking about a lively scene of cheap drinking, forget it, this is another side of the Mediterranean Sea. Tourism industry in Sicily is developing as we speak, based on current quality standards -minimalism has taught us the value of open space- and under a huge sense of environmental responsability, so the future is very optimistic for discerning smart tourists.

Sicily Golf Destination has just been born. As if the the traditional Sicilian attractions of charming natural landscapes, picturesque villages and delicious food and wine but as if the the lowest prices in Italy weren’t enough, the new Emerald Isle of the Mediterranean has taken an oath to improve and arrange new golf courses designed by former PGA champions and the best landscapers.

Il Piccolo Golf Club, the first one in the island, was founded as early as 1989 so expect modern facilities in every Sicilian golf resort. By the Etna volcano there’s another one, Etna Golf Resort, obviously famous for it’s views over one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. Both are 18 holes and the best courses in Catania region.

If you happen to stay in Palermo, you can golf in the nearby Villa Airoldi in the large green park of Favorita (in Italian). But if you’re looking for the best golf courses in Sicily and the most exclusive accomodation you have to drive to the Southern coast.

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa in Ragusa

Near the UNESCO World Heritage Temple of Concordia in Agrigento -a must see if you like Greek art and architecture almost in mint condition- Verdura Golf and Spa Resort is 18 hole course with 9 holes for practise and a luxury spa for a relaxing time before  a lunch over the olive fields.

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa is a five star beautiful love story between traditional Sicilian architecture and modern design golf courses which combines old stone foundations with the most sophisticated facilities and comforts the 21st century can provide.

There are two professional courses available -Parkland, projected by Class A golfer Gary Player and Links, a harder green designed by architect Franco Piras- and also a golfing academy for those ones who want a first contact with this beautiful sport. Want your kids to start sharing your passion?

If you do as many of us do when looking online for our holidays, users’ comments are essential to find out more accurated information about what to expect on your vacation. Let us read what tripadvisors typed about Donnafugata Resort after their stay.

Rooms were fantastic and well appointed. The stuff were amazing and went out of their way to help us. Ngara, from Sydney.

Very good hotel in a very pretty part of the island. Pool is outstanding, breakfast and rooms are perfect. Giuseppe, from London.

Perfection in the middle of nowhere. The golf courses are expensive but really beautiful, the best kept fairways I’ve ever seen. Arthur, from Budapest.

A pleasant surprise, not only for golfers. Michael, from Brussels.

If a little tear goes down as you see your clubs stored till next season, you are free not to worry and be happy. You’re a lucky golfer because Sicily is in the Southeast Southern Mediterranean and winter won’t arrive until December. Well, actually what they call winter which are two mild months of 17º C average temperature and sunny skies, so Sicily is the perfect golf destination all year round.

Photo Credit: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho

Photo Credit: NH Hoteles

  • posted by José Roberto Santos | 01 October 2012, 10:53,

    I hope the service is better than the NH Dusseldorf. We had serious problems with the laundry service. José Roberto dos Santos.

  • posted by Courtney Imel | 01 October 2012, 16:17,

    Hello José Roberto dos Santos. Can you please elaborate on what exactly happened? You’re welcome to let us know here or by writing an email to with the details of the incident. Thank you.

  • posted by Scottie Schutt | 26 September 2013, 7:06,

    fantastic post, very informative. I’m wondering why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must proceed your writing. I’m sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

  • posted by Courtney Imel | 26 September 2013, 12:30,

    Thanks a lot for the positive feedback! Please visit our blog daily for more interesting posts! 🙂


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