The Sicilian Way of Life Involves Wine on the Golf Course

We visit the breathtaking Via Duca degli Abruzzi golf club in Sicily. Course owner Alberto and member Giovani talk about their love of the game, as well as the beauty of the golf course.

Released on 9/26/2016

Transcript

00:00
Sicily is a way of life.
00:02
Maybe tomorrow, not in a hurry.
00:04
Nice weather, good food.
00:06
Hospitality.
00:07
You are not my guest but you are my friend here visiting me.
00:12
We are in Donnafugata
00:13
and we try to let you understand why I love this place.
00:19
My dream was to create a resort with golf in Sicily.
00:24
Everybody thought that it was a little bit crazy
00:27
to develop something in Sicily
00:28
'cause they don't know anything about golf.
00:34
I started to play golf five years ago
00:36
when he opened the Donnafugata resort.
00:38
In Sicily there aren't many golf course.
00:40
I saw a golf tournament on TV.
00:42
I decided to try.
00:44
After two days of lessons I realized golf is really magical.
00:50
Donnafugata was an opportunity.
00:52
Donnafugata is one of the biggest golf resorts
00:54
in Mediterranean area.
00:56
A huge project with 202 rooms.
00:58
It's a five-star, luxury resort.
01:05
Parkland is very Sicilian.
01:07
A lot of carob trees and olive trees.
01:09
[Iano] The other one is the Links course.
01:11
Or similar to the course that you find in Scotland.
01:14
No trees but gorgeous overview on the sea
01:17
and on the countryside.
01:18
This is really one of the most beautifuL places
01:21
in the world, I think.
01:28
Do you know of any other sport that you can play
01:30
in an environment like this?
01:32
With sun, with this weather.
01:34
This is the kiss of God.
01:36
With the Sicilian way of living,
01:38
people that are working here as so proud
01:40
to have something to show to the world.
01:43
The world must know that Sicily is like Florida.
01:47
Sometimes better, okay?
01:49
When people ask me why do you love golf,
01:51
people look at me like I'm crazy.
01:52
What is all about chasing a golf ball all around.
01:56
If I don't play golf for two days,
01:57
I have a certain need to play.
02:00
Golf is a way of life.
02:01
The mind is on the golf course.
02:07
And this is important.
02:08
Golf is really magical.
02:10
I was diagnosed with the multiple sclerosis six years ago.
02:14
The day when I knew this problem, my life changed.
02:20
From tomorrow I live only on a chair.
02:24
When I began to play golf, it's changed my life.
02:33
Thanks to golf I socialize with people.
02:35
We love to provide tailor made service.
02:39
Hey, Giovanni.
02:40
Hey.
02:41
Hey, Salvatore.
02:42
How are you, how are you?
02:43
How is it going?
02:44
I spend much time on the course,
02:45
checking everything is fine, talking to the players.
02:48
I love what I do, it's a beautiful job.
02:50
That is where I find the inspiration
02:52
and where I put my passion.
02:54
Who's winning?
02:55
Who's scoring more vertex?
02:56
Oh Salvatore, always wins Salvatore.
02:59
Otherwise we would be like everyone else.
03:01
We are going to spend a very beautiful day
03:03
with a good friend.
03:06
Ciao, Giovanni.
03:06
The atmosphere here in Donnafugata is very friendly.
03:09
Every time you can find someone else
03:12
that can play with you.
03:17
(soft music)
03:21
Very good.
03:22
(soft music)
03:33
You're gonna do some snorkeling now.
03:40
Not too bad.
03:56
I think it's very important to spend time outside
03:59
for your health, for your body and for your mind.
04:03
Listen, you can hear the wind
04:09
and the sea behind us.
04:15
It's very very relaxing.
04:17
Very relaxing now.
04:22
I feel at great peace.
04:24
Giovanni, I think you played very well.
04:27
Oh thank you.
04:28
But we have the last chance to win the competition.
04:30
There is the last chance, okay.
04:36
Good shot, but not enough.
04:39
When I win a tournament sometimes,
04:43
for me is a win with my life.
04:46
Thank you for the match.
04:47
Thank you too.
04:48
Thank you too, Giovanni.
04:49
Go to drink.
04:49
Okay, let's go to the terrace
04:50
and have some wine together, okay?
04:57
Yes, it's true.
04:59
Well, it's true.
05:02
What a very beautiful day.
05:04
Golf.
05:06
[Iano] Golf is a little bit like life.
05:09
Each hole is different.
05:11
In each hole you got obstructions and you got hazards.
05:18
Yeah, you won.
05:19
It's life.
05:20
Golf is a perfect reflection of life.
05:22
I want a revenge next time, okay?
05:24
There's no other game in the world
05:26
that gives you the opportunity to meet people,
05:28
look at people inside,
05:30
travel and experience different cultures.
05:33
I think we are very very lucky that we live here around
05:37
because you have such a beautiful place
05:39
and you can play in this very--
05:43
Very beautiful wife.
05:44
It's pretty good.
05:45
(slow jazz music)
05:52
So, cheers Giovanni, congratulations.
05:55
Thank you very much.
05:57
It makes me very proud when I hear people say
06:00
I feel at home when I come to Donnafugata.
06:02
What can I say, you can see the heart in my eye.
06:05
That's my passion.
06:17
(speaking in a foreign language)
06:28
[Giovanni] Very good, very very good.
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