Global Edition users judge Costa Navarino ‘Best Golf Resort in Europe’

2.04pm 22nd May 2023 - Courses has published its latest ranking of the 100 Best Golf Resorts in Europe which are based on reviews provided by the website’s users. 

The latest ranking has produced a new number one for the first time in four years, with Costa Navarino in Greece, which offers four championship 18-hole courses, edging past the long-time top-ranked resort at Finca Cortesin in Spain. 

The criteria for being classed as a ‘resort’ is that the hotel and the golf course/s must be located on the same premises or next to each other, and the venue should offer more than just golf-related facilities. This year’s ranking also factors in added marks for resorts which offer more than one golf course, with venues given a bonus of 0.005 points per every hole offered, thus giving a boost to resorts that offer 27 holes or more.

Costa Navarino now boasts 72 holes following the opening of two new José Maria Olazabal designed courses at Navarino Hills

Costa Navarino has jumped an impressive six places up the ranking, having been judged seventh best in 2022. Located in Messinia, in Greece’s southwest Peloponnese, Costa Navraino offers a world-class golf experience with four 18-hole signature courses, but it also boasts four hotels, including The Westin and The Romanos.

Other venues to improve their ranking was Gleneagles, which is up to third from last year’s fifth, no doubt helped by having three 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole par-3 course; while Der Oschberghof in Germany moved up to fifth place from last year’s tenth. 

Breaking into the top 10 is The K Club in lreland, while the Donald Trump-owned resorts at Turnberry and Doonbeg both dropped down the list, with the former slipping from 2 and 4, and the latter from 3 to 6.  

Der Oschberghof in Germany has risen to fifth in’s European resort ranking

The overall ranking is based 50% on the rating of the golf club on and 50% on the rating for the resort itself on 10 Best Golf Resorts in Europe 2023

  1. Costa Navarino, Greece                                  9.46
  2. Finca Cortesin Hotel Golf & Spa, Spain          9.44
  3. The Gleneagles Hotel. Scotland                     9.42
  4. Trump Turnberry Resort, Scotland                 9.38
  5. Der Oschberghof, Germany                            9.33
  6. Trump International Doonbeg, Ireland            9.19
  7. The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Turkey           9.19
  8. The Machrie Hotel & Golf Links, Scotland     9.17
  9. Monte Rei Golf & Country Club, Portugal      9.14
  10. The K Club Golf Resort, Ireland                     9.13

To check out the full top 100 listing, click here. 

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