Golf tourism

Golf tourism
Of course we mean it in the good sense. In years past a frequent comment by visitors was: why aren’t there more than just a few golf courses? The answer was that Greece, being a basically dry country, simply didn’t have the grass and water resources to maintain many large courses. But all that has changed now. Well-heeled tourists are demanding golf among the other holiday amenities Greece has to offer. The Glyfada golf course in Athens has been around for a long time, the playground of politicians and tycoons. There are now others at Hersonisos course near Heraklion in Crete, the recently-refurbished Corfu course, the Porto Carras hotel complex course in Halkidiki, at big new golfing projects at Afantou in Rhodes. If you’re a dedicated golfer, here’s where you can practice your swing:

This choice piece of playing ground overlooks Afandou Bay on the island of Rhodes, served by scheduled and charter airline flights from all over Europe. The 18-hole par 73 course was designed by Donald Harradine and opened in May 1973. Rhodes town is less than 15 miles away, and a goodly number of world-class hotels ever nearer. Open all year round, the Afandou Golf Club can supply you with caddies, caddy carts, golf clubs and balls for a very reasonable rental fee. Facilities include a club house with pro shop, snack bar, men’s and ladies’ locker rooms, a putting green and driving range. In July 2007 the Afandou Golf Course hosted the golfing events of the International Island Games Athletic Competition.
Afandou Golf Course
Rhodes, Greece
Tel: +30 22410 51451, Fax: +30 22410 51122. E-mail:

Golf tourismCRETE
The Crete Golf Club is a relatively recent creation, about 16 miles east of Heraklion airport and surrounded by posh hotels, so it’s pretty easy of access. Opened in October 2003, it’s a year-round course, 18-hole par, designed by PGA Design Consulting of Great Britain. The course includes a double-ended 300-yard covered driving range with a short game area and two practice putting greens. It also has a golf academy for teenagers and adults. There is a club house with snack bar, a pro shop and a cafe. The Crete Golf Club collaborates with more than forty hotel partners that provi.
Crete Golf Club
Hersonissos, Crete. Tel: +30 28970 26000, Fax: +30 28970 30180. E-mail:

The Porto Elounda Golf Course is Crete’s second, located at the Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort on the northeast coast. Nestling in a hillside, the 9-hole course, with the mountains as a backdrop, blends with its surroundings, offering a spectacular view of the Bay of Mirabello. The course, designed by Chris Pittman, opened in 1996. The clubhouse is set in a picturesque Cretan village square and contains a pro shop and golf academy.
Porto Elounda Golf Course – Porto Elounda De Luxe Resort
Elounda, Crete 72053
Tel: +30 28410 41903, Fax: +30 28410 41889, E-mail: &

Golf tourismGLYFADA (ATHENS)
This is the oldest and most distinguished – and was for a long time the only – Greek golf course of any worth. Until the new Athens International Airport opened in 2001, the Glyfada course flanked the east end of the old airport, and golfers were never quite sure whether a particularly vigorous drive might not send the ball into the engine of a plane on its landing path… The18-hole par 72 course, designed by Donald Harradine, opened in 1966 and has continually hosted international events. It’s a green oasis of rolling slopes landscaped with mature trees and shrubbery. In addition to its pro shop, driving range and putting green, the course has facilities for meetings and social events for up to 2,000 people. And next door, of course, is the bustling seaside suburb of Glyfada, which can meet any golfer’s culinary, boozing, swimming and socializing needs at any hour.
Glyfada Golf Club
P.O BOX 70034, 16610 Glyfada, Athens. Tel: +30 210 8946820 & 210 8942338, Fax: +30 210 8943 721
Email: – website:,

Golf tourismCORFU
The Corfu Golf Course is 18-hole par 72, located in the Ropa Valley in the centre of the island of Corfu.
Its rolling green hills and lush landscape makes it one of the most scenic courses in Europe.
Golf is played throughout the year with plenty of warm sunshine and blue skies.
Designed by Donald Harradine, it opened in 1973.
Now under British management, the Corfu Golf Club has a junior academy for children from 8 to 16 years of age. Facilities include a stone clubhouse which features a bar, a restaurant, locker rooms, and a pro shop. There is also a driving range and a putting green.
Corfu Golf Club
Ropa Valley, P.O. Box 71, 49100 Corfu. Tel: +30 26610 94220 & 210 692 8795, Fax: +30 26610 94220

Golf tourismHALKIDIKI
The Porto Carras Grand Resort is located on the Halkidiki peninsula about 50 miles south of the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece. The course started out as 9-hole, designed by Geoffrey Cornish and William Robinson, but was redesigned in 2003 by Roy Machary and opened the following year as an 18-hole par 71 course. The Porto Carras Golf Course has a brand new clubhouse, practice range and practice green.
Porto Carras Golf Course
Porto Carras Grand Resort – Neos Marmaras, 63081 Sithonia, Halkidiki
Tel: +30 23750 71381 & +30 23750 77000
Fax: +30 23750 71229, E-mail:

Costa Navarino is a high-end destination in the Mediterranean and is situated on a spectacular seaside land in the Greek region of Messinia in the south-west Peloponnese. This 1.000 hectares consists of distinct and exclusive mixed-use resorts & hotels and high-end private residences. Costa Navarino features two brand new signature golf courses; Navarino Dunes and Navarino Bay. Both are set in a landscape with spectacular sea and river views and offer a challenging test for golfers of all levels.
Costa Navarino
GR-24 001, Greece
Tel: +30 27230 90200, Fax: +30 27230 90201.


Hellenic Golf Federation
P.O.Box 70003
Glyfada 16610, Greece
Tel: +30 210 894 1933, Fax: +30 210 894 5162. E-mail:

PGA Greece
The Professional Golfers Association of Greece
9 Harilaou Trikoupi str., 2nd Floor, Glyfada Athens 16675, Greece
Tel: +30 6938 261 200. Email: