Olazabal design project nears completion

JOSE Maria Olazabal’s new 36-hole Navarino Hills development in Costa Navarino is fast approaching completion.

The two-time US Masters champion flew to Greece to participate in the final preparations for the two 18-hole courses he designed – the world’s first International Olympic Academy Golf Course and the Hills Course.

Both layouts are set to fully open in February next year and, after inspecting both courses, the Spaniard said he “couldn’t be happier.

“I’m thrilled with how good the two courses are looking ahead of opening early next year” said Olazabal.

“The setting at Navarino Hills is one of the most spectacular that I have seen. The characteristics of the site are wonderful for golf and it surely ranks among the most beautiful properties we have ever had the chance to work on.

“The International Olympic Academy Golf Course is the longer and tougher of the two courses. It’s more compact and, in style, different to the Hills course, which is set in a valley and has more room, especially off the tee boxes.

“We are spoiled as golfers because there are so many great places to go, but Costa Navarino is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to.

“It is more than just the golf offering here. It is the whole experience that is exceptional – from the nature, the culture and the people with their amazing hospitality to the food, the beach and so many activities to choose from.”

Situated on 125 hectares overlooking the Bay of Navarino and Ionian Sea, it is a unique location with views to the sea, mountains and valleys, and the two courses measuring 6,366m and 6,280m in length.

A clubhouse is under construction and scheduled to be completed by the year’s end.

Navarino Hills will provide the ideal complement to Costa Navarino’s two other golf courses, the Dunes Course, designed by Bernhard Langer in association with European Golf Design, and the Bay Course, created by Robert Trent Jones Jr.