Travel News    16th Jul, 2022 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk

Visit Europe’s newest golf destination!

Costa Navarino is fast becoming a must-visit for those seeking a world-class hotspot, writes Peter Ellegard

Set in the stunning Mediterranean, Costa Navarino is one of the fastest-growing golf destinations in Europe. The Greek region has recently been blessed with two new championship courses, doubling the total count of golf options to four.

The two existing golf courses already boast an impressive pedigree. The first, The Dunes, was designed by two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer, and compliments two luxury hotels. That was followed shortly after by the Bay Course, designed by legendary architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. As the names suggest, both these courses offer incredible views across the Mediterranean ocean, which might distract you from the golf at hand.

Don’t let that be the case though. Both these architects knew what they were doing when they laid these venues out, so danger can lurk for any errant shots. In particular, several holes at the Bay Course run directly adjacent to the sea, so you may find yourself playing it safe away from the Med’.

Both the Dunes and the Bay courses are already accompanied by luxurious hotels and spa developments, however in 2022 the region has gone from strength-to-strength.

In February, Costa Navarino welcomed two new flagship golf courses. These, along with two hotels that are in the pipeline, will really elevate the destination to being one of the best in Europe.

Both the new golf courses have been designed by Ryder Cup legend Jose Maria Olazabal, and offer the same stunning views as the original two. The Hills, the first of Olazabal’s designs, features fairways that are pretty wide open. But, don’t let this lure you into thinking it’s an easy task. Miss the fairway and you’re going to be amongst some olive trees and shrubbery.

The International Olympic Academy Course is the tougher of the two new additions. Where the Hills Course will allow some lee-way off-the-tee, there’s no such luxury at this layout, where accuracy is at a premium. You’ll circle stunning ravines, but you’ll do well to keep your golf ball well clear of them.

Of course, whilst the golf is important, the hospitality away from the fairways is what will really make your stay in Costa Navarino memorable. There are no fewer than 21 restaurants to choose from, all of which are going to offer traditional Greek cuisine, consisting of local seafood.

You’re also spoiled for choice when it comes to hotels. Soon, the region will welcome a fourth luxury destination to match the number of golf courses. Right now though, with three places to stay, loads of places to eat and enough stunning golf courses to last you a long time, you would struggle to find a better destination for a European golf holiday than Costa Navarino.

Fancy it? Head to costanavarino.com for all the details and start your European journey!


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