Troon Golf has announced that the Bay Course at Navarino will be designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jnr. The legendary golf course designer made his first working visit to the site this week to meet with Captain Vassillis C Constantakopoulos, founder and chairman of Temes, the developer of luxury mixed-use resorts at Navarino in Greece.
The Bay course at Navarino, to be managed by Troon Golf, promises to be a challenging, yet fair test to golfers of all levels. Located along the idyllic western coast of the Peloponnese, in the peninsula of Messinia, the course will meander through natural rolling hills and lush olive groves. Its beachfront position offers stunning views of the Ionian Sea and the historic Navarino Bay from the majority of the holes.
The first phase in the developing destination of Navarino will include two individual sites, spreading over a total of 270 hectares. This initial phase will incorporate four 5-star hotels, managed by international premier partners, several state-of-the-art spas, luxurious villas, two signature golf courses and other numerous amenities.
The Dunes course, designed by former Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer, in association with EGD, is also under construction and will be managed by Troon Golf. The Bay course and The Dunes course are both scheduled to open during 2009, and together with the favourable climate conditions, will establish Navarino as new high-end year-round golf destination.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Navarino is committed to preserving the authenticity of the area, for guests to enjoy what has been part of the landscape for hundreds of years. Only eight percent of the total land area will be developed, while, more than 4,500 olive and orange trees will be replanted.
Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, Troon Golf EMA is committed to developing Troon Golf’s presence in Europe, Middle East and Africa. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 29 courses in nine countries including Dubai, Portugal, Spain and England with further expansion planned across all regions.