Costa Navarino by Chris Brown
There are just seven golf courses in Greece so I was delighted to visit two of the best during my stay at the Westin Costa Navarino.
The resort is vast and it took me a day to get my bearings, but this was made easier by the excellent resort app which included the latest timetable of events and an easy to use resort map.
We travelled in an unseasonably warm November, but I would recommend the best time for golfers as April to early June and September to October when the sun is not too hot.
Designed by two-times US Masters Champion Bernhard Langer Greece’s signature course The Dunes is the player’s course, where wide fairways are protected by large bunkers; a style typical of Langer. If you miss the greens here your short game needs to be on point to get up and down! You can walk this course, but a buggy is advisable especially in hotter conditions.
With panoramic views of the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, The Bay Course is shorter and fairways are wider making it a typical ‘Resort’ course. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the greens are big but also have subtle undulations which make putting a bit of a challenge and protects the course from very low scoring. Buggies are advisable as some holes have big inclines and long distances from green to tee.
Away from the golf course, I was impressed with the size and comfort of the beds, the outstanding choice and quality of cuisine, and the facilities that make this a great family resort including an outdoor cinema, a bowling alley, an indoor climbing wall and the Aqua Park. I would also encourage a day to enjoy the local village where you can take part in an authentic Greek cooking experience whilst enjoying the stunning views of the Mediterranean. Otherwise, sip a cocktail by the pool and visit the first-class spa.