Costa Navarino awarded European Golf Resort of the Year 2017

Costa Navarino awarded European Golf Resort of the Year 2017 1


Costa Navarino, in Messinia, Peloponnesos has been awarded the prestigious title of 2017 European Golf Resort of the Year at the IAGTO Awards, voted for by almost 640 specialist golf travel Tour Operators, based in more than 61 countries worldwide.

The award of European Golf Resort of the Year is voted for by almost 640 specialist golf travel Tour Operators, who are each members of the International Association of Golf Tour Operators, and based in more than 61 countries worldwide.

Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Peloponnese, nestling in one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking landscapes in the mediterranean. Situated amongst olive groves and complemented by the Ionian Sea, the destination features two 18 Hole signature golf courses, “The Dunes Course” and “The Bay Course”.


The Dunes Course, designed by Bernhard Langer, former US Masters champion and ex-captain of the European Ryder Cup team, together with European Golf Design, is set in  natural scenery, with sea and river views, where tall dunes divide a number of the holes adjacent to the golden beach. The Bay Course is designed by the Robert Trent Jones Jr, with a layout offering panoramic seaside and mountain views, in addition to featuring holes that can be traced directly along the historic Bay of Navarino, providing an amazing experience for golf lovers.

Both golf courses have been accoladed, as “Best Newcomers”, in 2014 and “Best Service” in 2015 by the organisation, “World of Leading Golf”.

With easy access and all year-round ideal weather, Costa Navarino provides an easy-to-reach escape for all season vacations, as, apart from the two signature golf courses, it offers many activities, including two luxury five-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, the award-winning Anazoe Spa, a 4,000 sq.m spa & thalassotherapy centre, specially designed facilities for children, as well as a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities.


Stephanos Theodorides, Managing Director and Vice Chairman of TEMES SA – Costa Navarino stated, “We are both delighted and honoured that tour operator members of the International Association have selected Costa Navarino as the Best European Golf Resort 2017. With its variety of challenging yet rewarding courses by the sea, and perfect weather all year round, Costa Navarino is fast establishing itself as a leading destination to excite golf aficionados. Furthermore, with plenty to offer beyond exceptional golfing, Costa Navarino introduces guests to a plethora of authentic experiences, combining culture and history, thus becoming the perfect, all season getaway”.

IAGTO are the global trade association of the golf tourism industry and their annual awards event has been ongoing for the last 17 years- representing the pinnacle of achievement for golf destinations and golf resorts. It reflects the opinions of golf tour operators, golf travel writers and, ultimately, the golf traveller.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.