Holidays in Greece are ideal for everybody. Whether you are a watersports enthusiast
, a sun worshipper, a history buff or a nature lover, Greece has it all. Even better, if you wish to combine sun vacation with a little golf. While the sport has recently gained some popularity, there are only eight golf courses spread out across the country. Nonetheless, here are the beautiful golf havens on offer.
Glyfada Golf Course
The first golf course in the country, the Glyfada course is located in the southern suburbs of Athens, often dubbed the Greek Hamptons. Opened in 1966, the Glyfada Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-72 championship golf course which often hosts international golf events as well as golf cultural awareness. Easily accessible by car or even public transport, the club also includes two tennis courts, a restaurant and bar, beside the main course and practice range areas. A perfect destination for golf lovers and their family and friends.
Glyfada Golf Course, Terma Konstantinou Karamanlis, Glyfada, Greece. +30 210 894 6820
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Costa Navarino – The Dunes Course
Peloponnese also has its set of golf courses. For a world-class golf experience, Costa Navarino is the answer. The Dunes Course is Greece’s first signature-designed golf course, which opened in 2010. Designed by none other than Bernhard Langer, two-time US Masters Champion, in collaboration with European Golf Design, the Dunes Course is located in an idyllic setting near the luxurious resorts. This 18-hole, par-72 course has been designed to form a links course with dunes to separate the holes near the sea. A favorite among golfers, the Dunes Course is definitely a must-see.
Costa Navarino, The Dunes Course, Navarino Dunes, Messinia, Peloponnese, Greece. +30 27230 90200
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Costa Navarino - The Bay Course
Costa Navarino – The Bay Course
Also situated in the splendid Costa Navarino resort, the Bay Course is the Navarino Bay’s second signature course and was designed by Robert Trent Jones II. This 18-hole, 71 par is a seaside golf course, perfect for players of all experience levels. Offering a different setting from its brother, the Bay Course has spectacular views over the sea and the Bay of Navarino. Located very close to the resorts, the golf course boasts professional coaches, world-class services and even a pro shop and restaurants as well.
Costa Navarino, The Bay Course, Navarino Bay, Messinia, Peloponnese, Greece. +30 27230 90200
Afandou Golf Course
Afandou Golf Course
If you think you can only golf in mainland Greece, think again. Located in the picturesque island of Rhodes, the Afandou golf course is one of the best in Greece. The 18-hole golf course, opened since 1973 and designed by British golf architect Donald Harradine, presents an interesting and fun challenge for golfers of all levels. Ideal for playing all year round, the course is well maintained and offers quality services at affordable prices. Perfect if you are a first-timer.
Afandou Golf Course, Afandou beach, Rhodes, Greece. +30 2241 051451
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Corfu Golf Club
Corfu Golf Club
If you are summering in the fantastic island of Corfu and want to play your favorite sport, you are in luck. The 18-hole Corfu Golf Club was also designed by Donald Harradine. Seamlessly blending into the natural setting of the Ropa valley, the Corfu Golf Club is actually one of the best in Europe. Boasting small lakes, sand traps and other features, the course is open in the winter and the summer.
Corfu Golf Club, Ropa Valley, Ermones, Corfu, Greece. +30 2661 094220
Porto Carras Golf Course
Designed by Geoffrey S. Cornish and William G. Robinson, the Porto Carras Golf Course was inaugurated in 1973 and renovated in 2003 by Roy Mc Rayis. The first golf course in Northern Greece, the Porto Carras is an 18-hole course situated in the seaside resort of Neos Marmaras in Halkidiki. Blessed with warm summers and mild winters, the golf course is open all year round. With its youth academy, the Porto Carras is perfect for all the family and provides a plethora of services and amenities for all.
Porto Carras Golf Course, Neos Marmaras 63081 Sithonia, Halkidiki, Greece. +30 23750 77000
Crete Golf Club
Set in sunny Crete, near Hersonissos, the Crete Golf Club stands out from the rest of the courses in Greece. Designed by the golf course architect Bob Hunt in 2003, the desert 18-hole course is surrounded by a spectacular and breathtaking landscape of mountains. Equipped with modern facilities, the Crete Golf Club is open 365 days a year thanks to the mild climate the island enjoys. As such, it is a favorite among golf enthusiasts and with its pro shop, opulent clubhouse and delicious restaurant, the Crete Golf Club is undeniably a major player on the Greek golf scene.
Crete Golf Club, Hersonissos, Crete. +30 28970 26000
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Porto Elounda Golf Course
Also located in Crete, the Porto Elounda Golf Course is a nine-hole par-three course, where a handicap of 54 is required for guests of the hotel. With different tee-boxes per hole, the course is fair enough for those who wish to practice their favourite sport without leaving the premises, or for beginners. You can choose to set up a personal lesson with a professional player to learn or practice new tactics. Of course, for the more advanced, the Crete Golf Course is only a 30-minute drive away. If you are a guest at Porto Elounda, you even benefit from special rates.
Porto Elounda Golf Course, Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort, Elounda, Crete, Greece. +30 28410 68000
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