There Was an Awards Show in Marrakech, Morocco and This Italian Resort Took Home the Bacon (Prosciutto)

“Host of European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open,” is enough to grab the interest of any golfer. A European Tour, PGA Tour or even Korn Ferry Tour host site is legitimate certification.

On Sicily, Italy’s southern coast, the Verdura Resort includes an 18-hole course and a par-three nine-hole executive course, a double-ended driving range and first-class academy. In addition, the venue features Italy’s only European Tour-approved Performance Institute, while its second 18-hole championship layout is set to reopen next year following a major redesign by golf architect Kyle Phillips.

People are noticing because the Sicilian resort was named as one of the winners of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ (IAGTO) inaugural ‘Hotel Experience Awards’, and received the ‘Best in Italy’ honor at the IAGTO Golf Tourism Awards, which took place at this month’s 2019 International Golf Travel Market in Marrakech, Morocco.

This year’s IAGTO awards – the 20th time that they have been held – focused on recognizing the achievements of golf courses and hotels that delivered the best possible experience to visiting golf travelers over the last 12 months.

IAGTO’s global network of 700-plus golf tour operators in 64 countries voted for one hotel and one golf course/golf resort in 25 leading golf destinations worldwide, with Verdura claiming the top spot in Italy.

Antonio Castelo, director of golf at Verdura Resort, said, “Everyone at Verdura Resort works tirelessly to make sure that all our guests receive an a luxury golf, hotel and leisure experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Home of the European Tour’s Rocco Forte Sicilian Open, the exclusive luxury lifestyle destination has quickly established itself over the last decade as a firm favorite with golfers eager to combine outstanding golf with the finer things in life. Verdura Resort features 203 rooms and suites, all with a sea view, including six villas, each with its own private swimming pool.