Held recently in Abu Dhabi, the event saw a global gathering of golf industry pioneers, influencers and leading figureheads where the best golf organizations were honored following a year-long search for the world’s favorite golf tourism and hospitality brands.
Owned by TEMES SA, Costa Navarino won the World’s Best Emerging Golf Destination award and its International Olympic Academy Golf Course was honored with the World’s Best New Golf Course distinction.
Upon receiving the awards, Costa Navarino Golf General Manager Nuno Sepulveda said the honors were a testament to the hard work carried out by the Costa Navarino team and to their continuous commitment towards offering guests high-quality facilities and experiences.
“We are extremely humbled to win two global awards and we look forward to sharing the Costa Navarino story with the world’s golfing community over the coming years,” he said
The World’s Best Emerging Golf Destination award was given to Costa Navarino in recognition of a continuous investment in developing a sustainable tourism and golf destination in Greece’s southwest Peloponnese.
“It’s very rare to see a golf tourism destination develop in the way Costa Navarino has, the amazing courses and resort facilities it has to offer are simply world class,” said World Golf Awards Managing Director Chris Frost.
Today, Costa Navarino offers a world-class golf experience with its four 18-hole signature golf courses – The Dunes Course, The Bay Course, and two layouts at Navarino Hills, The Hills Course and the award-winning International Olympic Academy Golf Course, all within a 13km maximum distance, with contrasting natural landscape and sea views.
“I believe we are experiencing the emergence of a new and exciting era for golf tourism at this jewel-in-the-crown location, and congratulations to all involved in creating this legacy,” Frost added.
The ’World’s Best New Golf Course’ – International Olympic Academy Golf Course – resides high on a clifftop plateau with the back nine providing memorable views across the historic Bay of Navarino. The International Olympic Academy Golf Course is the first of its kind worldwide and was launched in partnership with the International Olympic Academy and the Hellenic Olympic Committee.
Costa Navarino also features three five-star hotels across distinct resort areas, 27 dining venues, state-of-the-art sports facilities, world-class spas and a wealth of authentic experiences connecting guests to the region’s culture, history and nature.
Launched in early 2022, the The Hills Course and the International Olympic Academy Golf Course were designed by two-time Masters Champion and Ryder Cup legend José María Olazábal and hosted, alongside the Dunes Course, the first ever ‘Aegean Messinia Pro-Am’ Golf Event in September.
Costa Navarino’s double accolade at the World Golf Awards marks a year of achievement for the destination, during which it was the recipient of an array of global honours, including being named number one in Golf World magazine’s updated list of the “Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe“.