VETERAN Ryder Cup player Bernhard Langer has designed a major new course in Greece. The Dunes Course in Navarino Dunes at Costa Navarino occupies more than 130 hectares of breathtaking beachfront landscape.
The two-time Masters Champion and Ryder Cup-winning captain – in partnership with European Golf Design – has produced a course that has caught the headlines in recent months.
“I’m thrilled to have had this opportunity to design the golf course at Navarino Dunes and I believe we have built something really very special,” said Langer.
“I know that many people from Germany have already discovered this hidden but beautiful corner of mainland Greece and I’m sure that, with the opening of the Navarino Dunes Resort, many more from all over the world will be drawn to this area and our new golf course.” Located in Messinia, south-west Peloponnese, The Dunes Course opened alongside The Romanos Resort, soon to follow, is the opening of the second five-star hotel – The Westin Resort.
The Dunes Course – the first of two championship courses at Costa Navarino – was completed some 12 months ago, allowing it to fully mature ahead of play. The stunning views of the Ionian Sea are particularly enjoyable on the links-inspired holes, where tall sand dunes divide holes from an adjacent golden beach.
Moving further inland, the course evolves to fit the Messinian surroundings of olive and citrus groves. The diversity of the course is evident throughout, with some holes even running alongside a river that meanders throughout the site.
The par 72 championship layout features wide fairways, pot-bunkers, rolling greens, and memorable aesthetics for an unforgettable experience for all standards of golfer.
The on-course amenities at Navarino Dunes include an extensive clubhouse with stunning views offering dining and banquet facilities and a fully-equipped shop offering the latest golf equipment and apparel from a range of international brands. Extensive practice facilities include a well-appointed full-size driving range, putting green and short-game practice area.
Ross McMurray of European Golf Design, who led the design team, said: “The inspiration for The Dunes Course was its spectacular location. It is one of the most beautiful places you could be asked to design a golf course and, frankly, the waterfront views are just breathtaking.
“Our objective was to create a course which would not only complement this wonderful setting, but would set a benchmark in its own right for quality and high standards, in order to attract the attention of a golfing public who may not previously have considered coming to Greece.”
Future plans include The Bay Course – designed by Robert Trent Jones II – on the bay of Navarino close to The Dunes Course, and that is due to be completed early next year.