Golf News for Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Resorts

Siciliy's Donnafugata Golf Resort hosts mixed pairs competition

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa prides itself on its reputation for excellence on and off the course, making it the perfect venue to host an enterprising new mixed pairs competition in Sicily in 2013.

The luxury five-star venue has been selected by bespoke UK golf tour operator Golf Par Excellence to stage its 'Sicilian Sizzler Mixed Pairs Tournament' from September 29 to October 4.

Costing £525 per person to enter, the Stableford event will see 24 pairs compete over 54 holes on Donnafugata's two championship courses, the Links and Parkland - venue for the 2011 Sicilian Open - for the chance to be crowned inaugural champions.

In addition, competitors will enjoy five nights' accommodation in the resort's five-star hotel, breakfast, two drinks receptions, a welcome Sicilian buffet and gala prize-giving dinner (both including wine), and experience some of the award-winning facilities that have helped Donnafugata become one of the most talked about new golfing venues in Europe.

Guy Roberts, golf director at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, said: "We are always interested in hosting new competitions and this event is an ideal match for what we have to offer at Donnafugata.

"Over the past few months, we have noticed a tremendous increase in demand from the UK which is starting to become a very important market for us, with more bookings already in place for 2013 than we had during the whole of 2012.

"With the 'Sicilian Sizzler' competition, not only will people be able to play two fantastic golf courses in luxury surroundings, but they can also experience a flavour of what makes Sicily such an outstanding holiday destination."

Golf Par Excellence (www.golfparexcellence.com) has organised thousands of bespoke golf holidays for groups of all sizes across Europe, America and Africa since being founded in 1995, during which time the company has forged a reputation as specialists in organising overseas mixed pairs events.

Open to all golf club members with an official handicap, the event also offers competitors the opportunity to explore some of the historic sights of Sicily, whilst accommodation for an extended stay can be booked at Donnafugata for a special rate of £78 per person per night including breakfast.

James O'Sullivan, owner of Golf Par Excellence, said: "Traditionally, we have shied away from resort-based events as our guests like to mix some local culture with their golf. However, when I saw the quality of the two very different courses, the accommodation at Donnafugata and the local cultural highlights, I realised it might be time to break with this particular mould.

"The weather in Sicily in late September, early October will be perfect for golf. We're expecting some great action on the course, while the opportunity to investigate the island's incredible history and indulge in the outstanding local cuisine promises to make the event an unforgettable experience for everyone."

After hosting the 2011 Sicilian Open, Donnafugata has enjoyed an outstanding last 12 months including being named top golf resort in Italy for 2012 by Conde Nast Traveller magazine and becoming the first course in Italy to be invited to join IMG Prestige, an exclusive collection of some of the world's most celebrated golfing venues.

Situated 90 minutes' drive from Catania airport, the resort offers the perfect solution for people seeking a relaxing holiday in five-star surroundings on the largest island in the Mediterranean.

Donnafugata is located near to the historic town of Ragusa, the cradle of Sicilian Baroque architecture, with its neighbouring towns listed among the pearls of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Modica, Scicli and Noto.

As well as its golf courses, the deluxe venue offers a 202-room five-star hotel, spa and wellness centre, swimming pools and fine-dining in three restaurants, and is the ideal destination for a holiday focused on sport and relaxation in a truly exclusive setting.

For further details about the 'Sicilian Sizzler Mixed Pairs Tournament' and to enter, phone 01737 211818, e-mail info@golfparexcellence.com or go to www.golfparexcellence.com/dox/tournaments/sicilian-sizzler-2013.htm .
For more information on Donnafugata or to book a stay, call 00 39 0932 914 200 or visit www.donnafugatagolfresort.com.

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Press release written and distributed by the Azalea Group.

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, Contrada Piombo - 97100 Ragusa
Tel: +0039 0932 914 200
Fax: +0039 0932 914 222
Email: nhdonnafugata@nh-hotels.com

For further information please contact Pete Simm at The Azalea Group on +44 (0)1730 711920 or email petes@theazaleagroup.com