Donnafugata Golf Resort, Sicily, Italy

Located in the southern part of Sicily, just one hour from Catania Intl. airport and just a few km from the beach, this brand new elegant 5 star golf resort (it opened in 2010)  feature 2 championship 18 holes golf courses for a complete experience for golf lovers..and for a relaxing vacation for non golfers.. 
I spent one week at the Donnafugata last summer and had the chance to play on both courses, the Links course designed by Franco Piras, and the Parkland course, designed by Gary Player, venue of the 2011 Europen Tour Sicilian Open.
Links course is truly a link style course that runs along two valleys, with the add of many water hazards and where the wind is always any important factor. Fun course with great views of the sea.

Parkland is considered the main course of the resort. This Gary Player designed course is really different from the Links. Built among olives and carob trees, stone walls typical of this area and strategically placed deep bunkers this course is a challenging 6500 meters par 72.
With this wonderful resort and the new Ventura Golf & Resort by Rocco Forte located near Sciacca, Sicily is becoming  a new destination for golf lovers available all year round.

View of the Parkland 10th and Links 10th from the swimming pool

Swimming pool and the golf course behind 
The Driving Range

Links Course

Links Course

Links Course
Links Course

Links Course

Links Course
Parkland Course 7th and the resort on the back

Parkland course 7th green
Parkland course 18th green
Parkland course 9th green

Parkland Par 3 Hole 13th

Out of a greenside bunker on the 17th

Approaching the 18th green


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