Greek Mainland

Our Greek Mainland region is defined as the main peninsula of Central Greece and the Peloponnese peninsula, which is separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal. More than three quarters of the area within these two regions is mountainous, so the inhospitable terrain is as good a geographical reason as any when trying to explain why golf has never really caught on in the cradle of western civilisation.

There are only four courses located in this large area, the oldest of which is Donald Harradine’s Glyfada – host to the World Cup of Golf tournament in 1979 – and this sits 13 kilometres to the south of Athens city centre. Further to the northeast, not too far from Thessalonica, lies the Olive Grove course at the Porto Carras Resort and the original 9-hole layout was extended to a full 18-hole track in 2003.

On the southwest flank of the Peloponnese peninsula, the two courses at the new Costa Navarino resort are easily the best in the Hellenic Republic, to give Greece its official title. The Bernhard Langer-designed Dunes course was the first layout to open in 2010 followed a year later by the Bay course, which Robert Trent Jones Jnr fashioned on a property six miles further along the coast.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Greek Mainland

Costa Navarino (Dunes)

1st Greek Mainland - Best in Area

In 2010, the Dunes course was the inaugural signature 18-hole layout to open in Greece, the first of several intended courses to be constructed at the spectacular new Costa Navarino resort.

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Description: In 2010, the Dunes course was the inaugural signature 18-hole layout to open in Greece, the first of several intended courses to be constructed at the spectacular new Costa Navarino resort. Rating: 6 out of 6

Costa Navarino (Bay)

2nd Greek Mainland - Best in Area

Situated six miles to the south of the Dunes course, the Bay course at Costa Navarino opened at the end of 2011, shortly after its sibling made its debut.

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Description: Situated six miles to the south of the Dunes course, the Bay course at Costa Navarino opened at the end of 2011, shortly after its sibling made its debut. Rating: 5.3333333333333 out of 6

Porto Carras (Olive Grove)

3rd Greek Mainland - Best in Area

Originally designed by Geoff Cornish and Bill Robinson, the course at Porto Carras was renamed "Olive Grove" and given a total makeover and extended to eighteen holes in 2002.

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Description: Originally designed by Geoff Cornish and Bill Robinson, the course at Porto Carras was renamed "Olive Grove" and given a total makeover and extended to eighteen holes in 2002. Rating: 3 out of 6

Glyfada

4th Greek Mainland - Best in Area

Wedged between the coast and the mountains, Glyfada was for many years the undisputed premier golf course in Greece and played proud host to the 1979 World Cup of Golf...

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Description: Wedged between the coast and the mountains, Glyfada was for many years the undisputed premier golf course in Greece and played proud host to the 1979 World Cup of Golf... Rating: 1 out of 6