Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - olive trees
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - olive trees
There are 16,000 olive trees on-site at Costa Navarino, including 6,000 that were transplanted during resort and golf construction. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - location
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - location
Near the town of Pylos, Costa Navarino is about a three-hour drive from Athens. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino
The Bay Course is named for the protected bay that flows in from the Mediterranean Sea. Brandon Tucker/GolfPass
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - sea
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - sea
The Bay Course at Costa Navarino features several scenic holes that play right beside the bay. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - par 5s
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - par 5s
A couple of the par 5s on the Bay Course at Costa Navarino head uphill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - design
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - design
Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed the Bay Course at Costa Navarino, which opened in 2011. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - par 3
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - par 3
This par 3 features a green that plays high above the sea and offers views of the surrounding bay and hillsides. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - par 3
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - par 3
This is the shortest par 3 on the Bay Course at Costa Navarino. It's about 120 yards downhill and plays to a small, protected green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - Navarino Bay
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Bay golf course at Costa Navarino - Navarino Bay
Minutes from the golf course, Navarino Bay is famous for an 1824 battle during the Greek War of Independence. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Bay Course at Costa Navarino is the newest golf course in Greece

PYLOS, Greece -- The newest of just a handful of golf courses in Greece is the Bay Course at Costa Navarino.

Set on the country's southwest coast, the Bay Course opened in 2011 and was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The site sits on rolling coastal hills, littered with olive trees and other native vegetation and also has few flat spots, though is still a walkable routing (the course currently plays out of a temporary clubhouse from a different point of the course than was originally planned for the opening hole, and thus the routing of the course is not officially in play yet).

The highlight of the course is the handful of bayside holes that bring the calm waters and beach into play, though sea views are in play throughout the round here.

A Troon Golf-managed facility, the Bay Course is the second to come to Costa Navarino, which also debuted the Dunes Course in 2010. Playing out of separate clubhouse, the course is a Bernhard Langer and European Golf Design collaboration.

In addition to 36 holes of golf, Costa Navarino features two Starwood-brand hotels, The Romanos, which will open in the summer of 2012 (A Luxury Collection Resort) and Westin. The two side-by-side properties share a common area that features a mix of shops and restaurants.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.
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