GREECE

GREECE

GOLFING IN THE LAND OF THE GODS!

Steeped In history and bathed in sunshine all year round, Greece, considered by many, to be the cradle of civilization, exudes a beguiling charm and disarming friendliness.

The birthplace of democracy, western literature and philosophy, Greece is a cultural treasure chest. The rich undercurrent of history is all embracing, a past still making its presence felt with the ancient ruins, timeless villages and tiny picture postcard churches that are seemingly everywhere. The country’s vast historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites, amongst the most in Europe if not the world. Undoubtedly, the most famous of these is the Acropolis, one of the premier ancient sites of the world. Crowned by the Parthenon, it is visible from almost every corner of Athens.

As with many of the Mediterranean countries, Greek history is chequered and diverse, from being part of Alexander the Greats vast empire, it has also fallen under the rule of the Romans, Byzantines and Ottomans, before modern Greece was born in 1830.

Located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, the country occupies the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula and can boast the longest coastline in the Mediterranean basin and indeed the 11th longest coastline in the world. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with the mythical home of the Greek Gods, Mount Olympus, being the highest at 9,573 feet. Greece is also made up of over 2,000 islands, of which, 227 are inhabited, Crete being the largest. It is also the southernmost country in Europe surrounded by sea on three sides, the Aegean Sea to the East, the Ionian Sea to the West and the Mediterranean Sea to the South.

The very mention of Greece conjures up evocative images of remote, tranquil islands with pristine white-sand beaches, the ruins of Greek temples, quaint harbours surrounded by atmospheric tavernas, men in white skirts and tights wearing slippers with enormous pom-poms on the toes whilst playing the Bouzouki and performing a stooping dance, plate smashing and of course not least Ouzo!!

Greece will bewitch you, days just melt from one to the other under the wide sapphire skies. Seas speckled with islands that deliver the sensational swathes of sun drenched sand that you have dreamt about. The idyllic beaches and secret bays are the epitome of tranquil seclusion, only punctuated by sleepy, laid back villages with the quintessential vine-entwined, harbourside tavern, where waiters greet you like old friends. The Greek people are certainly a passionate people who know how the live life to the full!

Greece isn’t a country that immediately springs to mind as a golfing holiday destination, and why should it! For a country with a history that stretches back over 4,500 years and a country that gave the world the Olympic Games, they have been extremely backward at embracing the Royal and Ancient game. Glyfada Golf Club on the outskirts of Athens paved the way in 1962, but the country still boasts seven 18 hole courses plus one nine hole layout. Three Donald Harradine designed courses in Corfu, Rhodes and Halkadiki in the north followed in the early 70’s, but there were no further courses built through golf’s boom years of the late 70’ and 80’s, until the Crete Golf Club opened in 2003. It was the opening of the luxury 5*, 36 hole resort of Costa Navarino in 2013 that finally woke the world up to golf in Greece.

There are those that will try to tell you that golf in Greece is a “best kept secret” don’t be fooled. Costa Navarino is being widely talked about by golfing aficionados throughout the world and the time to visit is now!

If you have ever dreamt of playing golf amongst ancient landscapes so steeped in history that you can almost taste it, if your idyllic golf holiday involves playing golf in the morning before retiring to a lazy lunch that lingers long into the afternoon at a traditional taverna watching the world slide slowly by, then this is the perfect golfing holiday for you...

GOLFING IN THE LAND OF THE GODS!