Dec 15th, 2016
Verdura Resort to host new Tour event
The Rocco Forte Open
Words: John Dean
Verdura Resort, the Rocco Forte hotel in Sicily, is preparing to host a European Tour tournament after it was selected to stage the new event on the professional calendar next spring from May 18-21.
Taking place a week before the BMW PGA Championship, the tournament is set to feature the top-ranked players in Europe as they put the finishing touches to their preparations for the European Tour’s flagship event under sunny skies on the largest island in the Mediterranean.
The event will take place five years after Verdura Resort hosted the 2012 Sicilian Open, won by Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen.
The resort was opened in 2009 by Sir Rocco, who wanted to create a golf resort with a club-like feel. The resort spans 230 hectares of stunning traditional Sicilian landscape, set against the backdrop of the azure Mediterranean waters.
Verdura’s golf facilities include two outstanding 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and West Course – and a par-three nine-hole course.
Sir Rocco Forte, Founder and Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels, said: “I am thrilled that Verdura Resort will be hosting The Rocco Forte Open - Verdura. Our Sicilian resort offers two 18-hole links golf courses designed by Kyle Phillips and is visited regularly by some of the most famous names in European golf.
“The resort is set along two kilometres of coastline so every hole has sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. As a enthusiastic golfer myself, I will be sure to be there.”