Written by By Samantha Delgado, CNN
Golfers can get their fix in Sicily at the Great Shelter Golf Resort & Spa , just a few hours from the capital, Palermo. The resort boasts two courses, its signature Showa golf course and the Seaside course.
Designated Italy’s World Best Resort in 2017 by TripAdvisor, the resort has extended its footprint to include a spa and golf school. The 22-hole Seaside golf course overlooks a stretch of coastline in calmer waters, which is ideal for putting and chipping as well as water sports.
For those interested in hitting a little higher, there’s the 18-hole Showa golf course, an easy four-hour drive from Palermo. Designed by Ian Fidler, the course has an 18th hole that juts out over the Adriatic Sea into the sea.
The course, which is popular with English-speaking guests, is decorated with fairy lights in addition to traditional Italian features.
For golfers who prefer a different type of game, there’s also a popular horseshoe-style game known as par-three, played during sunrise and sunset. At the end of each shot, guests are given paper discs so that when the hole is hit, they can write the number down.
The resort takes in breathtaking views of the countryside and offers a charming wooded bungalow that provides comforts like custom linens and ambient light.
There are luxurious, spacious rooms and suites that are decorated in soothing, European-inspired styles.
The resort also boasts three on-site restaurants, two bars and a fitness center. For the up-and-coming golfer, there’s the Pony Squat Challenge, where you can twist, pitch and roll your way through a fully equipped obstacle course.
The resort also offers private one-on-one and group lessons. Best of all, the resort is located on an 800-acre property, making it one of the best golf spots on the island.