October 26, 2023Costa Navarino, the sustainably driven destination in the Greek region of Messinia, southwest Peloponnese, has further established its position among the world’s premier golf destinations, after winning two of the leading honours at the 2023 World Golf Awards. During the prize-giving ceremony in Abu Dhabi, Costa Navarino received the coveted accolades of ‘World’s Best Golf Venue’ and ‘Europe’s Best Eco-Friendly Golf Facility’, in recognition of the destination’s continued sustainable commitment and its establishment as Europe’s newest golf destination.

As well as offering four 18-hole signature golf courses, the opening of the ultra-luxury Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino in the summer has further enhanced the hospitality offering. Together with The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and W Costa Navarino, there is a wide choice across distinct resort areas. In addition, guests have access to Navarino Agora, a curated marketplace and incubator of art and culture showcasing a wide range of shops, street food, dining venues, outdoor cinema and live events. Furthermore, to a total of 40 gastronomy outlets, state-of-the-art sports facilities, world-class spas and numerous authentic experiences connecting guests to the Messinia region’s culture, history and nature.

Situated within a 13km maximum distance, the destination’s four golf courses – The Dunes Course, The Bay Course and the two new José María Olazábal -designed layouts at Navarino Hills, The Hills Course and International Olympic Academy Golf Course – feature contrasting natural landscape and sea views. All have been built in line with the sustainable practices of the destination, whereas Costa Navarino has further enhanced its environmental commitment this year by adopting a number of new initiatives.

The total grass areas that need to be irrigated on the Bay and Dunes courses have been reduced by five and ten per cent respectively, while the destination has partnered with WWF Greece with the aim to limit single-use plastics across its resorts and operations, noting that in 2022, managed to reduce the use of single use plastics by 38%, compared to its usage in 2019.


Costa Navarino has also achieved an 80% reduction in emissions, as part of the destination’s broader decarbonization strategy, as a result of initiatives such as electricity supply from renewable sources, the reduction of LPG use, as well as the reduction of energy consumption per stay, and is aiming to achieve net-zero operations for the destination’s facilities by 2050.

Chris Frost, Managing Director of the World Golf Awards, said: “With the investments that it continues to make, Costa Navarino stands out among the world’s top golf destinations. There is simply no other venue like it in Europe, and these awards are deserved recognition for the long-term commitment that it has made in developing a world-class golf tourism destination using a fresh and innovative approach to sustainability.”

David Ashington, General Manager at Costa Navarino Golf, who received the awards at the prize-giving ceremony in Abu Dhabi, said: “It is a great honour to accept these global awards on behalf of everyone at Costa Navarino. As a team, we are committed to offering the highest-quality facilities and service to all our guests, and we will continue to strive to deliver the best customer experience possible to our growing family of golfers across the world.”

Costa Navarino’s recognition at the World Golf Awards follows in the footsteps of the destination recently being named number one in National Club Golfer magazine’s updated list of the ‘Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe’.



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About Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is a sustainably driven destination in the Mediterranean, located in Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese of Greece.  Graced with a breath-taking seaside landscape, this is a region shaped by 4,500 years of history. The Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to preserve the natural beauty and heritage of Messinia. The destination comprises several distinct sites featuring five-star hotels, luxury private residences, a world-class golf experience, and many year-round activities. Navarino Dunes is home to The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Costa Navarino Residences. Navarino Bay is the setting for Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, W Costa Navarino and Navarino Agora, a curated marketplace. Both sites have signature golf courses, while at Navarino Hills there are two further signature golf courses.


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