SICILY

SICILY

SMOLDERING ISLAND WAITING TO ERUPT!

Sicily, the very mention of its name conjures evocative images of volcanic eruption and Mafia corruption.

The largest Mediterranean island, triangular in shape, a lush and once prosperous island which embraces a kaleidoscope of cultures. The popular rhyme proclaims that “long legged Italy kicked out Sicily into the Mediterranean Sea. Hardly a kick! Separated by a mere two miles from the mainland by the Messina Straight, it was more of a gentle nudge.

As with most Mediterranean countries, many of the ancient civilizations have laid claim to the island at some time in its history. Phoenicians, Byzantines, Romans, Greeks, also surprisingly the Normans and even the British. The result of which leaves Sicily endowed with a myriad of archeological treasures, Roman ruins, Greek temples, Norman churches and enchanting medieval towns.

Just under 100 miles from the coast of Tunisia and on the same latitude as the North African coast, Sicily enjoys an all year round mild climate which provides the ideal golf holiday haunt to escape from Britain’s winter woes.

Whilst still being very much part of Italy, Sicilians fiercely uphold the islands cultural autonomy. In addition to being famed for its superlative cuisine, dramatically perched cliff top towns, profusion of art treasures and abundance of Baroque architecture, the island is bestowed with endless expanses of sun kissed beaches.

Mount Etna, at a tad below 11,000 feet (the height varies with each eruption) is the tallest active volcano in Europe and is one of the most active in the world. Towering over the  cities below it dominates the skyline of the eastern coast.

Golf in Sicily is a relatively new sport with its oldest course, Il Picciolo, celebrating its quarter century in 2014. There are a further five course on the island and what Sicily lacks in quantity is more than compensated for in terms of quality with the courses at Verdura and Donnafugata being designed by renowned architects Kyle Philips and Gary Player respectively. Il Picciolo and Sicily’s most recent addition, I Monasteri, are situated on the East coast whereas Verdura and Donnafugata are located in the South of the island albeit some considerable distance apart. Playing all courses from one base is probably impractical although both Verdura and Donnafugata offer 36 holes of golf, but if your preference is to play a more varied golf itinerary we would suggest a twin centre holiday.

Sicily has long been a popular holiday haunt for sun worshipers, culture vultures and gastronomic gourmets alike, but until now it has slipped under the radar of golf holiday aficionados. It is our opinion that this is about to change and that in terms of golf Sicily is a...

SMOLDERING ISLAND WAITING TO ERUPT!