Tee-off, but watch out for lava flows!
Sicily may not be the first place that springs to mind when you think about golf, but with four impressive 18 hole courses set among some of the Mediterranean island’s most beautiful land and seascapes, it is the ideal location for a golfing holiday. Ranging from Sir Rocco Forte’s internationally renowned Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, to Il Picciolo, with Mount Etna as its backdrop and a green dotted with old lava flows, golfing in Sicily is an unforgettable experience. What’s more, the resorts all have plenty to keep non-golfers happy as well.
Verdura Golf and Spa Resort
Sir Rocco Forte’s Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, recently voted the best golf course in Italy – as well as one of the five most beautiful courses in Europe by Condé Nast Traveller – will host the Rocco Forte Open in May 2017. With a course designed by Kyle Phillips, it occupies a 230 hectare estate with two kilometres of private shoreline, and its clubhouse occupies a medieval fortress. There are also six clay tennis courts, five restaurants and a world-class spa.
Villas near to Verdura Golf Resort: Antica Scuderia La Coloniale Torre del Falco Ninfea

Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort
Playing a round of golf with an active volcano erupting – or even just quietly smoking — in the background is not something you are ever likely to forget, while the 18 hole course, dotted with old lava flows, offers challenges you are unlikely to meet anywhere else. Located on the North side of Etna (with some great wine cantinas close by), it has a restaurant, and both indoor and outdoor pools.
Villas near to Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort: Zagara Villa Marina Kiwi Idda

The Donnafugata Golf Resort
Built around a historic manor house, between the romantic Donnafugata Castle and the sandy coastline, this resort has two prize-winning 18-hole courses (one designed by Gary Player), five restaurants and a spa. There is also a shuttle bus to a private beach in the summer.
Villas near to Donnafugata: Hyblea Iris Dune Opale

I Monasteri Golf Resort
Occupying a former Benedictine monastery, and located between two UNESCO world heritage sites – Siracusa and Noto – I Monasteri is an 18-hole course set among 86 hectares of palms, olives, carobs and orange and lemon groves. There is also a spa, and an outdoor swimming pool with hot tub.
Villas near to Monasteri Golf Resort: Il Borgo Dimore delle Balze Prora del Plemmirio

Written by Julia Bellhouse