Rocco Forte’s Verdura Golf & Spa Resort to Host 2012 PGA Sicilian Open

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Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, considered to be Rocco Forte Hotels’ Sicilian ‘jewel’, has been selected as the preferred course for the prestigious 2012 Sicilian Open. The tournament, part of the PGA European Tour will be held at the resort from March 29th to April 1st 2012 and looks set to welcome more than 140 European professional players. The first major golf tournament to be played at Verdura on the Kyle Phillips designed Links-style course.  Players will compete in the 2012 Sicilian Open Champion and to gain Ryder Cup points and Race to Dubai Euros. The Championship course will be played to a distance of 6,700 metres and to a Par of 72.

Sir Rocco Forte, chairman and CEO of Rocco Forte Hotels, is very pleased that only two years after the opening of Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, it was chosen by the European PGA Tour to host the 2012 Sicilian Open and thought it was a testament to the Resort teams preparotory work.  The European Tour and the tournament looks set to further cement the beautiful Island of Sicily’s reputation as the ideal place for golf holidays.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort offers a unique and challenging experience to players and spectators alike. The resort features two exciting 18-hole Championship seaside courses and a nine-hole course that meander around indigenous orange and olive groves, using terrain that undulates from mountain foothills down to the Mediterranean seashore and making it a memorable golf experience.

Verdura Golf & Spa Resort is located on the south coast of Sicily near the seaside town of Sciacca and offers discreet exclusivity that few places can match. It’s grounds are set in over 230 hectares with 1.8km of private coastline, yet has just 203 rooms and suites, giving a true sense of space and privacy. All rooms have private terraces and sea views and the Olga Polizzi-designed interiors combine modern luxury with authentic Sicilian motifs. There are six tennis courts, a 60m infinity swimming pool; a fully-equipped gym and running trails which meander through the olive and lemon groves. The resort’s restaurants and bars celebrate Sicilian cuisine with menus created from fresh organic ingredients complemented by a superb wine list. For those seeking deep relaxation the Verdura Spa is exceptional – with four thalassotherapy pools, an extensive treatment menu and personalised well-being programmes.

For more information, visit www.roccofortehotels.com

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