Greece

Greece conjures up many images but most would mention their olives, feta cheese and Ouzo – the Greeks certainly know how to party and they also know how to relax because most tourist towns and villages tend to shut down for the winter. The Greeks love tradition and they are blessed with a rich and colourful history, their love of the gods, mythology and dreams of Atlantis, which are all very much alive today. Greece is regarded as the birthplace of democracy, literature, philosophy and naturally the Olympic Games. In fact, Greece has a little something for everyone, from relaxing beaches to buzzing cities but unfortunately, there is precious little in Greece to please the travelling golfer.

Despite a rich sporting heritage, there are only seven 18-hole Greek golf courses (and one 9-holer). Greece is certainly focused on tourism and the Hellenic Golf Federation was founded in 1981 so we are genuinely surprised at the low number. Corfu and Rhodes have one course each and Crete has one 18-hole course and a 9-hole layout, there are four others on the mainland. The Bernhard Langer-designed Dunes course and Robert Trent Jones Jnr’s Bay course at Costa Navarino have however raised the Greek golfing bar and that will appease the travelling golfer.

Our golf course rankings for Greece were last updated in January 2016.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Greece

Costa Navarino (Dunes)

1st Greece Ranking

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 Greece Ranking

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: 5.5 out of 6

Porto Carras (Olive Grove)

3rd Greece Ranking

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 18 holes by David Mathews 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 18 holes by David Mathews in 2002. Rating: 3 out of 6

Crete

4th Greece Ranking

Designed by Bob Hunt from PGA Design Consulting in the UK, the course at Crete Golf Club was laid out to USGA standard over quite difficult, rugged mountain terrain.

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Description: Designed by Bob Hunt from PGA Design Consulting in the UK, the course at Crete Golf Club was laid out to USGA standard over quite difficult, rugged mountain terrain. Rating: 3 out of 6

Corfu

5th Greece Ranking

The course at Corfu Golf Club blends seamlessly into the picturesque Ropa Valley and the cleverly designed hazards make it a solid and fair test for both low and high handicap players.

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