Crete only has one golf course so is not going to be a golfing destination. However if you are on the island and fancy a game then this is a very nice course to play.
I played in October and the course was in good condition with well-watered fairways and, for the most part, good greens. Some of the greens seemed to be puck-marked, possibly by birds or animals. Overall the course is a little on the tight side, but perfectly playable, and I felt played a little shorter than its 6,300 yards off the whites.
There is a good mix of holes with the standouts being the par 3 6th and par 4 13th. The 6th plays 190 yards over a gorge to a green well-protected by bunkers. The 13th is 380 yards with a blind second shot (except for longer hitters) to a green set below you with an escarpment behind.
There are some stunning views across the hills and it’s nice to hear the regular clanking of goat bells. There are quite a few walks, often uphill, between greens and tees which can make for a tiring round. In the summer it is definitely a buggy course. I walked it because I wanted the workout to help combat some of the excesses of my all-inclusive family holiday and I certainly felt that it lifted my heart rate on numerous occasions!
At €95 for the round it is relatively expensive. However it has clearly taken a substantial amount of investment to build and maintain a golf course in what is not natural golfing terrain. Hence this high price is probably fair in this context.
Overall this is a nice course to play and a welcome option if you are on the island for a holiday, itching to get your golf fix in and don’t mind paying a bit over the odds.
Date: October 21, 2021