Construction is progressing on the new Jack Nicklaus signature course at Kilada Country Golf & Residences, located in the Porto Heli area of the Peloponnese region in southern Greece.
Work began in 2020 as part of a larger development led by Dolphin Capital Investors, involving a hotel, sport and leisure facilities and luxury resort homes. The golf course is being overseen by Dirk Bouts, a senior design associate at Nicklaus Design.
Some holes have now been grassed, with greens featuring Platinum TE paspalum and all other playing surfaces seeded with Pure Dynasty, supplied by Atlas Turf International.
“Various obstacles were overcome in order to achieve this goal, which makes it even more satisfying to see the first greened-up holes,” said Bouts. “With the first holes complete, it becomes even more apparent how the course integrates flawlessly within the existing terrain, landscape and numerous features throughout the property.
“Greens have been kept gentle and will be fun to play on. Bunkers are on the small end; however, we are making sure they are strategically well placed. There’s a great variation in golf holes, and all through the course there are amazing vistas, not only over the golf course, but towards the sea and the surrounding mountains.”
Construction and grassing will continue in spring 2023.
“Our mission has always been to design great golf courses but equally to help grow the game of golf around the world,” said Bouts. “The team at Kilada has given us the opportunity to bring to life our vision for this property and we look forward to seeing this be a successful project for years to come.”