Golf in Greece & the islands
Golf in Greece is an up and coming activity!
Golf is in fashion in Europe, a fashion that never fades! The popularity of golf begun from the western extremity, in the British Isles and gradually reached Turkey, Greece, Croatia, and Russia.
In 2005, the sports magazine Golf Digest counted 32,000 golf courses around the world, over 6,500 of them being in Europe and an increasing number of them located in Greece.
According to the Hellenic Golf Federation, there are 1,200 active members of the golf community in Greece and the Greek islands, apart from the thousands of occasional players who come in Greece for golf holidays.
Greece has the ideal conditions for golf holidays, as its mild weather and a good percentage of sunshine days along the year are more than enough for people to enjoy golf! This is one of the reasons why golf in Greece has become popular and the country offers a broad variety of places to play golf. Other reasons behind this popularity have to do with some golfing projects developed in strategic areas and the combination of golf with other forms of alternative tourism such as religious and cultural trips, eco-tourism and weekend tours.
Given that golf in Greece is one of the sports that enjoys remarkable popularity and has gained a large number of fans, there are several golf courses operating throughout the country, where thousands of golfers do this relaxing sport all year round. Some of the golf courses in Greece and the Greek islands that meet the international standard of 18 holes are located in Athens, Corfu island, Rhodes island, Halkidiki and Crete island.
Golf clubs in Greece
Afandou Golf Course
The Afandou Golf course in one of the best spots to golf in Greece. It is located on 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 on 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 of 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 favorite sport.
Hotel Porto Carras Golf Course
It is located in Halkidiki. This is the perfect golf destination for those players who seek 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 kilometers.
Crete Golf Club
It is located on 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 mountainous 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 favorite 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 on 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 favorite sports and watch the stunning landscapes of the area. The course was designed by the world famous architect, Donald Harradine.