With its gastronomic delights, towering mountain ranges and breathtaking coastline, Sicily is one of the treasures of southern Italy. Immerse yourself in a land of extremes - except for the climate, which is just about perfect all year long. Golf in Sicily is, unsurprisingly, an exceptional experience. The region's courses are thick with Mediterranean trees and bushes and look out on wonderful landscapes; here is to be found some of the best seaside golf in Italy. The island now boasts some 126 holes open for play at five different but equally fine golf facilities. These range from the 9-hole course at Villa Airoldi in the heart of Palermo to the elegant and brand new 45-hole Verdura complex near Sciacca. And one of the most beautiful courses in Italy is at Le Madonie Golf, host to the 2006 Alps Tour Professional tournament, which is surrounded by trees of many kinds and has a fantastic view of the Golfo di Cefalù. The two courses (Links and Parkland) at Donnafugata Golf Resort are also of high standard.