The Costa Navarino destination in the south-west of Greece will in February 2022 open two new golf courses, created by the design firm of double Masters champion José María Olazábal.
The 6,961-yard International Olympic Academy course and the 6,867-yard Hills course – which will both be part of the Navarino Hills development at Costa Navarino – join layouts by European Golf Design and Robert Trent Jones II to give the resort a total of four courses.
“I’m thrilled with how good the two courses are looking ahead of opening early next year,” said Olazábal. “The setting at Navarino Hills is one of the most spectacular that I have seen. The characteristics of the site are wonderful for golf, and it surely ranks among the most beautiful properties we have ever had the chance to work on.
“The International Olympic Academy golf course is the longer and tougher of the two that I have designed. It’s more compact and, in style, different to the Hills course, which is set in the valley and has more room, especially off the tee.”
Both new courses will overlook the Bay of Navarino and offer panoramic views of mountains, valleys and the Ionian Sea.
“We are spoiled as golfers because there are so many great places to go, but Costa Navarino is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to,” said Olazábal. “It is more than just the golf offering here, it is the whole experience that is exceptional – from the nature, the culture and the people with their amazing hospitality to the food, the beach and so many activities to choose from.”
A new clubhouse, located between the two new courses, is scheduled to be finished by the end of the year. The Navarino Hills golf facilities will also include a driving range with a capacity for 60 people and a large short-game area.