First hosted by the resort in May 2017, shortly after becoming a European Tour Destination, the inaugural tournament saw Spain’s Álvaro Quirós secure his seventh European Tour title after beating Zander Lombard of South Africa in a play-off.
Featuring a star-studded line-up including European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, Nicolas Colsaerts and home favourite Matteo Manassero – the youngest-ever player on the European Tour – players in the event were united in their praise for Verdura Resort, with Quirós hailing the golf courses as “paradise”, and the resort is relishing the opportunity to welcome another high-profile field this spring.
Marco Truffelli, General Manager at Verdura Resort, said: “ It was a great honour to welcome so many golf champions to our resort last year and we are looking forward to the tournament being an even bigger success this year.
“With two outstanding golf courses set against the backdrop of the shimmering, azure waters of the Mediterranean, the Rocco Forte Verdura Resort is one of the most beautiful places in the world to play golf, and events like this are an great opportunity to showcase the resort and Sicily.”
Verdura Resort features two 18-hole links golf courses designed by Kyle Phillips – the East and the West – with last year’s Rocco Forte Open – Verdura played on a composite course combining the finest holes from both layouts.
Complementing the resort’s outstanding golf courses are extensive golf practice facilities including a nine-hole par-three course, a double-ended driving range and outstanding academy, and golfers can enjoy the same facilities as Europe’s best players with an array of luxury golf breaks available to book throughout 2018.
Featuring 203 rooms and suites, as well as three new villas which offer a perfect solution for family holidays, guests can also take advantage of numerous other sports and leisure amenities including tennis, an array of different watersports, an award-winning 4,000sqm spa complex and four restaurants.
For more information on Verdura Resort and to book, visit www.roccofortehotels.com