Golf is a very fashionable sport in Europe, a fashion that does not fades. The popularity of golf begins at the western extremity, in the British Isles, and reaches the eastern tips of the continent, that is Turkey, Greece, Croatia and Russia.
In 2005, the sports magazine Golf Digest counted some 32,000 golf courses around the world, over 6,500 of them being in Europe and an increasing number located in Greece.
According to the Hellenic Golf Federation, there are 1,200 active members registered in golf in Greece and the Greek islands apart from the thousands of occasional players who come to this country on vacation.
Greece offers the ideal conditions for golf holidays, as its good weather and a good amount of hours of sunshine along the year, are more than enough to play golf, a favourite sport that many people play while enjoying their holidays. That is one of the reasons why golf in Greece has emerged and the country offers a broad variety of opportunities to play golf.
As golf in Greece has been one of the sports that enjoy a remarkable popularity in recent years and has gained large numbers of fans too, several golf courses operate throughout the country today, where thousands of golfists do this relaxing sport all year round. Some of the golf courses in Greece that meet the international standard of 18 holes are found in Athens, Corfu island, Rhodes island, Halkidiki and Crete island.
Although golf in Greece is not as popular as in some other European countries, it has become pretty well-known in the last decade as the Greek tourism policy focuses on finding alternative ways to attract visitors, except for traditional tourism. The cause for success in golfing has to do with some golfing projects being developed in strategic areas and combined with other forms of alternative tourism such as religious and cultural trips, eco-tourism and weekend tours.
Golf clubs in GreeceAfandou Golf Course
The Afandou Golf course in one of the best spots to golf in Greece. It is located in Rhodes island. This is an 18-hole golf course presenting an interesting challenge for players of all levels. The extensive maintenance works make this course ideal to play golf all year round, and a set of different items and services for players, like caddies, balls, golf clubs and caddy carts, are available at reasonable prices.Corfu Golf Club
It is located in Corfu island. By blending the natural features of Ropa valley with the man made facilities, the well-known architect Donald Harradine has achieved one of the best golf courses in Greece but also in Europe. The variety on this golf course also makes it an outstanding golf destination for selected players from all over the world. There are sand traps, lakes, sinuous streams and other remarkable characteristics abound in this treelined golf link. Open both in summer and in winter, its popularity has increased steadily among golfers all over the world.Glyfada Golf Course
Located in the suburbs of Athens, Glyfada Golf Club is an 18-hole par-72 golf course that was opened in 1966 and, since then, it has been offering outstanding international golf events in one of the greenest links in Europe. The thick shrubbery and the old trees of the area are the perfect frame for days of joy and entertainment and are ideal for golfers who like to admire the stunning landscapes while playing their favourite sport.Hotel Porto Carras Golf Course
It is located in Halkidiki. This is the perfect golf destination for those players who seek for high standard golf links and paradise environments. Its Mediterranean weather, with cool summers and temperate winters, makes it ideal to practice golf all year round in an international golf course placed at a short distance from a luxurious hotel. The courts cover an area of 777,000 square meters and its holes are scattered along a distance between five and six kilometres.Crete Golf Club
It is located in Crete island. Placed in Hersonissos, Lassithi, the Crete Golf Club is pretty different from all the others in the country, as it is a desert golf course surrounded by a landscape with breathtaking rolling mountains and at just an hour from the airport of Heraklion. Its variety of challenges for players of all levels and the breathtaking views of the mountaineous backcloth is a real attraction in its own right. Note that the club has made a series of agreements with more than fifty five hotels to receive their golfers.Hotel Porto Elounda Mare Golf Course
It is located in Crete. The hotel offers two great possibilities to its guests. They can either use the golf links belonging to this five-star hotel or they go to play to the 18-hole golf course in the area.The golf course in the hotel surroundings is a 9-hole par-3 course and handicap 54 is required. This is usually enough for those who are on vacation and would like to practice their favourite sport while keeping themselves close to their accommodation place. However, the hotel is placed just at a 30-minute drive from the professional link course, which offers the possibility to take part in international tournaments at special rates for the hotel guests.Golf View Hotel Course
It is located in Rhodes island. This excellent golf course is placed in front of the Golf View Hotel, in the nice suburbs of Afandou village, Rhodes. The fact that this golf is located so close to the Mediterranean Sea contributes to make this location the ideal holiday resort for those whose main aim is to rest and carry out a healthy life while enjoying their favourite sports and watch the stunning landscapes of the area. The course was designed by the world famous architect, Donald Harradine.