Golf in Sicily: Diving in Europe’s hidden golf paradise

Written by By Paola Totaro, CNN CNN’s Paola Totaro learns the intricacies of riding a bike for “Golf in Sicily.” Golf isn’t just a sport. It’s also a way of life — and a…

Golf in Sicily: Diving in Europe's hidden golf paradise

Written by By Paola Totaro, CNN

CNN’s Paola Totaro learns the intricacies of riding a bike for “Golf in Sicily.”

Golf isn’t just a sport. It’s also a way of life — and a longstanding leisure activity in Italy’s Mediterranean archipelago.

“For a lot of people, golf is just another pastime,” says Sicilian public relations officer Gabriele Clasatti. “But in Sicily, it’s a living tradition.”

For those interested in golfing on the island, especially members of the professional or amateur level, this might be their ideal vacation. For the more adventurous, it’s a gateway to Africa.

Located on the island of Sicily and connected by a peninsula to mainland Italy, off the south coast, this beautiful island is undeniably a player. Located on the island of Sicily and connected by a peninsula to mainland Italy, off the south coast, this beautiful island is undeniably a player.

With a quick flight to Sicily’s Maggio Aerodrome, passengers can get an experienced flight tour through the region. ( “We now offer multi-day itineraries, dedicated to golfing and nature,” according to Mikael Veltman, the company’s founder.)

The Maggio is also a leading international airport, connecting it to the rest of the Italian mainland. The airport also has private villas for rent, available to the public for only €800 ($940).

There’s also full-size golf course at Pompei Hotel and Spa Resort, which offers full-size golf course at Pompei Hotel and Spa Resort, which offers five-star service.

But these full-size courses aren’t for everyone. There’s also smaller and more low-key courses across Sicily.

For those looking for a different view of golf, there’s also the Driving Range . It’s a public course that only allows expert players access to the eighth green. Visitors play without ever seeing a ball hit the ground.

In Cuscatini, there’s also a 17th hole. You shoot from a tower overlooking the resort.

Hidden from the radar of most international tourists, these small and quiet courses are ideal for those looking to learn the ropes in a tranquil setting.

Golf in Sicily is also known for its unique golf museum. Built between 1990 and 1992, it features pieces by some of the best golfers in the world, including Jose Maria Olazabal , Jose Maria Olazabal, Sergio Garcia and Michael Campbell. (

Since then, it has only grew in popularity, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year. The museum is now considered one of the best in Europe.

The road to Sicily’s golf paradise is a 30-mile road that runs around Cuscatini National Park. The walking route takes about four hours, and after that, players have just one exit off of the hotel path.

The walk offers incredible views, quiet meadows, rural pastures and… golfers. It is the perfect place to practice or perfect the swing of your golf career.

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