There is no doubt that the resort of Costa Navarino in the Greek Peloponnese is now one of the most beautiful golf destinations in Europe, and this month’s opening of a direct line between Paris and Kalamata will enhance, for us French, the allure of this magical place that has four top-class golf courses, hotels and holiday residences, and about twenty restaurants and entertainment of all kinds.
All with the Ionian Sea and the port of Pylos as the background. Scandinavian, German and British golfers have already set their sights on this exceptional venue, in blue, green and gold!
This success has a name: the passionate love of his native Messenia who was a wealthy shipowner, Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos, throughout his life, and decided to make it a leading golf destination. A revolution when you know that Greece only has 7 golf courses and has no culture in this area. After long negotiations to buy back their olive groves land from local farmers and a total investment estimated at 1.2 billion euros, the result was impressive. Costa Navarino, run by Achilles, the eldest son of a captain who died 11 years ago, has propelled itself into the list of the top 10 most beautiful resorts in Europe.
Let’s start the estate tour of the golf courses Which have the advantage of not being too far from each other (maximum 20 minutes by hotel shuttle bus):
- The oldest we discovered when it opened about ten years ago is Dune racing drawing by Bernard Langer. We have a soft spot for this ‘fair’ pitch whose hole 2 going down to the sea remains the Costa Navarino’s signature hole, equaling 4 out of 300 metres. Also note 6 and 16, two other nice par 4s. Here, we are not in the amazing world but in the reality of golf, in its encounter with nature, and playing it to have a good time. No wonder the pros continue to love this course designed by the German champion.
- baythe second track, chronologically, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. whose Welsh designer has been left behind after construction, he feels completely at home in the serenity and beauty of the site. It equals 71 by 5,232 meters of yellow which highlights the natural inclination of the place towards the sea. With holes always mentioned as 1, 3, 6, 9. or 17, this average 4 runs along the water where the ball has a bad tendency to shower. The attached pictures speak for themselves to describe. Wonderful that often slip out of your mouth between blows.
- And now here are the last two bearing the signature of the great Spanish hero, Jose Maria Olzabal, better known as Txima or Ole. Two courses opened in March, very different from each other, the most beautiful Olympic and hills More sporty and challenging. Let’s start with the latter: a journey in the midst of nature where real estate does not disturb (for now?) the charm of this secular land populated with olive trees. It is 72 by 5,864 meters yellow, and hardened by its coarse density that the local rule turns a stray ball into a ball in the obstacle…another scale 5 by 484 meters up and 15 meters up, is a third-order small masterpiece. This course, which is still new, should find its final place and eventually will be a great tournament course with international tournaments. Small suggestion: the finishing hole deserves better…a finishing touch.
- the other way, Olympic, is 72 feet by 5,747 metres, balanced (2 par 5, 2 par 3, 4 par 4 out and back), where sea views will delight all golfers. Ah, the twelfth, sixteenth and seventeenth! Hardware Takeout: You’ll be successful when you get home… I also liked hole number 3, a gauge 4 of 369 meters where the water in play on the second shot complicates any lack of strategy. Everyone will gather in the beautiful club he designed Lubomir Zeman, the famous architect, which overlooks the Gulf of Navarino. A drink in hand, in the company of friends, life never seemed to be so beautiful …
An academy equipped with the latest technology equipment complements the golf offer.
By Jose Maria Olzabal : “Costa Navarino is one of the most beautiful places I have ever known. Over the past five years, we have worked hard to form two courses that respect their unique settings and fit as naturally as possible with the environment. The two cycles are different in nature. Golfers will find the International Olympic Academy Course, with its stunning views of Navarino Bay, to be more refined, while Hills Course, amid gentle hills, has a more rustic charm. With two new courses and two existing courses, Costa Navarino has become a great golf destination, and I invite everyone to come and try it out. »
Water tank with an area of 485,000 m23 It was created to meet the irrigation needs of both cycles. To keep water consumption to a minimum, all fairways, vegetables, tops, and rough were seeded with a mixture of hardy grasses adapted to the local climate, while 52,000 species of trees, shrubs, seasonal flowers and native herbs were also planted.
In terms of accommodation, Costa Navarino offers two 5-star hotels in the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort. Luxury apartments and villas are also available on site.
As for recreation, here guests enjoy a myriad of sports, wellness and leisure activities: exclusive therapeutic treatments at the award-winning Anazoe Spa, Europe’s first Mouratoglou tennis center, cycling, hiking and trekking in the surrounding countryside laden with 4,500 years of history and so on. till then.
Nuno SepulvedaMD, General Manager, sums up Costa Navarino’s offer as follows: “We came here for three main reasons: the quality of services, the exceptional golf offer with 4 courses, and finally the variety of accommodations, always on top of the pack. We have 850 rooms today (1100 in future), 20 restaurants and many activities including great beaches or historical sites such as Olympia or Sparta, which are 1 hour away by car… Our motto is: We deliver! »…
Good news for the French: Chris, the formidable Master Professional, originally from France, will be able to advise you regarding the golf aspect and outings around the resort. Feel free to go see it!
for REACH there: Two trips a week to Kalamata: Transavia and the Aegean. Also from GB, Germany or Switzerland…otherwise via Athens (3 hours drive).
There are packages starting from €2,500 per week in a double room.
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