Costa Navarino named as Europe's number one in 2022 Golf World resort ranking

01 November 2022

Costa Navarino has been rewarded for a period of continued investment, after claiming first place in Golf World’s respected industry ranking of the ‘Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe’.

Alongside the opening of two new 18-hole signature golf courses at Navarino Hills – designed by two-time Masters champion and Ryder Cup legend José María Olazábal – this year marked the launch of the vibrant, lifestyle resort W Costa Navarino, located in Navarino Waterfront, the destination’s newest integrated resort area.

In addition, the destination will add to its offering next spring with the unveiling of the Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino at the Navarino Bay area and the opening of Navarino Agora, a vibrant marketplace featuring a wide choice of shops, open-air stalls, street food, outdoor cinema and live events.

Assessed over four different categories – golf courses, accommodation, amenities and setting – Costa Navarino scored highly in each to amass an overall total of 91 points out of 100.

Chris Bertram, chairman of the Top 100 panel, said: “Two years ago we said that the addition of not one but two new courses at Costa Navarino would likely make it an irresistible number one, and so it has proven.

“The opening of The International Olympic Academy Golf Course and The Hills Course, both by José María Olazábal, gives Costa Navarino 72 holes of high-class golf to add to its comprehensive accommodation and amenity offerings.”

Costa Navarino was launched in 2010 with the aim of developing a sustainable tourism destination in the Greek region of Messinia, in southwest Peloponnese. The destination is now a reality with four 18-hole signature golf courses – The Dunes Course, The Bay Course, and the two layouts at Navarino Hills, all within a 13km maximum distance – three five-star hotels across distinct resort areas, and an array of leisure and sports facilities combining to make it Europe’s newest golf destination.

Nuno Sepulveda, General Manager at Costa Navarino Golf, said: “We are extremely proud to be ranked number one in continental Europe by Golf World. With the opening of two new golf courses and the arrival of W Costa Navarino, it has been a remarkable year which further enhanced the top-quality experience that we aim to offer to all our guests.”

The accolade is the latest global recognition that Costa Navarino has received this year including Navarino Hills and the new Hills Clubhouse being recognised in Golf Inc. magazine’s ‘Development of the Year’ and ‘Clubhouse of the Year’ 2022 awards.


About Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breath-taking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history. Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It comprises five distinct sites featuring five-star deluxe hotels, luxury private residences, and a total of four signature golf courses. Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, as well as to Costa Navarino Residences. Navarino Bay, the second area, is set to welcome the Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino in 2023. At the nearby site Navarino Waterfront, the upscale, vibrant W Costa Navarino is open as of August 2022.

Golf at Costa Navarino

  • The Dunes Course
    Measuring 6,018m, the par-71 Bernhard Langer and EGD-designed The Dunes Course offers spectacular sea and river views and incorporates links-style features in areas closest to the sea, while occasionally venturing into olive and fruit groves.
  • The Bay Course
    Surrounded by olive groves and overlooking the historic Bay of Navarino, the par-71, 5,422m The Bay Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones II and meanders through three distinct settings – seaside, canyon, and grove – to provide striking contrasts. Golfers can also enjoy the award-winning earth-sheltered Bay Clubhouse, which blends seamlessly into the natural landscape.
  • The International Olympic Academy Golf Course
    Launched in partnership with the International Olympic Academy and the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Olazábal-designed par-72 course routes around the western part of the Navarino Hills property. Measuring 6,366m, more than half its holes play along the ridge overlooking the historic Bay of Navarino and the Ionian Sea, providing spectacular sea views.
  • The Hills Course
    Also designed by José María Olazábal, The Hills Course offers a scenic golf journey through nature, along the way passing old olive trees, ancient rock walls and stunning ravines that carve deep into the Kinigou Hills. Measuring 6,280m in length, the par-72 course offers a good balance and variety, while myriad strategic options await, providing a good test for creativity and course management.

Pete Simm - Editorial Manager
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