June 2015 will mark the return of the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am to the PGAs of Europe event calendar for the tenth time and will see PGA Professional competitors battle it out for a €70,000 total prize fund.
Since 2006 the international Pro-Am event has attracted players from across the globe to compete on some of the best golf courses the region has to offer.
This year is no exception as the event returns to Costa Navarino’s Dunes and Bay Courses in Messinia, Greece, the venue for the previous two editions of the popular tournament.
The 2014 Pro-Am Individual Professional prize was won by the PGA of Italy’s Nicolo Gaggero, his 3rd Aegean Airlines Pro-Am victory, whilst he and his team of amateurs, Emanuel Georgoudis, Orlando Grondona and Marco Villa, also took the team honours.
Competitors are sure to have an excellent time both on and off the course, as the event’s popularity continues to grow as one of the foremost Pro-Ams in Europe.
Costa Navarino, the prime sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia, features the first two signature designed golf courses in Greece, The Dunes Course which opened in May 2010, and The Bay Course in 2011.
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Costa Navarino Resort - Dunes Course
Former Ryder Cup Captain and US Masters Champion Bernhard Langer, in association with European Golf Design, is the architect of the first 18-hole signature designed golf course in Greece.
Much of the contouring mirrors the rugged outlines of the distant mountains. Close to the sea, there is a links-like feel; further inland, it reflects a more typically Greek landscape of olive and citrus groves, and there are large undulating greens, wide fairways and steep-faced pot bunkers.
Primarily a resort course, the variety of tee placements on offer means that it will be hugely enjoyable for the casual golfer whilst at the same time an exhilarating challenge for the best players. Measuring a full 6,018 meters from the championship tees down to just under 5,000 meters from the front, the playing areas are generously wide and cater for the occasionally breezy conditions so close to the sea.
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Costa Navarino Resort - The Bay Course
Just a few minutes from Navarino Dunes, at the Navarino Bay development, the Bay Course offers an alternative set of challenges and choices in a quite different setting. Designed by leading American architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., it plays a little shorter than the Dunes Course at 5,760metres from the back tees. The par 71 course places a slightly greater emphasis on strategic play and positional golf.
The Seaside, Canyon, and Grove holes provide striking contrasts that create a dramatic and memorable golf round. The course plays to a par of 71 from a variety of lengths designed to test the golfing skills of amateurs and pros alike. The imaginative layout offers panoramic seaside and mountain views, including several holes that play directly along the sea and two directly overlooking the historic bay of Navarino.
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