Donnafugata North Course - Parkland
Designed by the famous Gary Player, the Donnafugata North Course presents an unforgettable challenge on a beautiful landscape that has intricately been adapted into a highly regarded golf course. Despite being an undeniably testing course, it is fair to say it successfully provides a fun game to all golfers, regardless of their handicap.
A member of the Donnafugata golf course duo, this parkland course bears a unique design, weaving its way across a Ragusan landscape with an abundance of Mediterranean flora and greenery. This parkland course was constructed between carob trees and olive trees which line and surround the course. This undoubtedly one of the most stunning courses in the Sicilian region, with many interesting natural features for you to see along the way. Despite massively contrasting from its sister course, the South Links course, it still provides a rewarding round of golf.
It is fair to say that Gary Player succeeded in creating a golf course that is playable by anyone, regardless of their skillset and handicap. Despite accommodating for those playing with a higher handicap, even the pros will be kept on their toes on this fantastic course. Player has also understood the importance of maintaining a landscape’s natural history and character during construction, and this has certainly paid off; the Donnafugata North course is widely considered to be one of the best in the region.
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The distinctive character of this course is made evident throughout; all of the holes here appear so natural it seems as if they could have been there decades. With Bermuda grass lining the fairways, each hole fits perfectly to its surroundings throughout the Sicilian landscape. This course certainly acts as a reminder to players of how fun golf can be, even on the final 18th hole with the exciting challenge it bears. Players are sure to remember this hole as they are forced to overcome the downhill slope and sweeping dog leg, not to mention the water hazards on the left side of the green and bunkering on the right.
A particularly unique feature of this course includes the area between holes 2 and 3 where there is a wet zone for animals and birds to stopover on, and if that doesn’t prove how nature-themed this course is then nothing will. From the 6th hole you can access a 6000BC Greek necropolis which epitomises how this course really was built and designed around natural features already present to create a distinctive and beautiful character.