Regarded as the Mediterranean’s prime, sustainable destination, Costa Navarino is celebrating a new international golf award after the clubhouse on its acclaimed Bay Course was voted ‘Clubhouse of the Year 2020’ by Golf Inc. magazine.
The striking earth-sheltered building, which has received global attention after being unveiled last summer, took first place in the ‘public clubhouse’ category of the prestigious annual awards.
The uniquely designed Bay Course clubhouse covers an area of 2,000m2 and blends seamlessly into the natural landscape. Only clearly visible when playing the closing hole, its indoor and outdoor spaces afford stunning vistas across the renowned Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed golf course to the historic Bay of Navarino, enhancing the Bay Course’s positioning among the most scenic golf courses in Europe.
Nuno Sepulveda, director of golf and sports business development at Costa Navarino, said: “We are delighted to have received this award from Golf Inc. magazine. The feedback that we have received from guests has been overwhelming since we opened the clubhouse, the architects have done an incredible job and the view from the upper floor and terrace is truly memorable.”
Designed by Athens-based AETER Architects – with interiors by London’s MKV Design – the Bay Course clubhouse is aligned with Costa Navarino’s sustainable principles to preserve and enhance the local environment. The clubhouse is ideally located in a varied landscape with features that combine a pristine coastline with tree-lined hills, olive groves and sweeping sea views.
Based on the doctrine of bioclimatic architecture it features planted roofs which include a total of 27,500 plants and trees – both around the clubhouse and on its roof – as well as materials and systems that maximise the building’s energy efficiency.
AETER Architects, (Mr. Charry K. Bougadellis, architect), said: “It’s a great honour to receive this award, and we’re very pleased with the construction and overall execution of this project.
“Our favourite part is how the majestic view is spectacularly revealed to the visitors once they enter the interior of the clubhouse. The visitor arrives to the almost ceremonial entry plaza and the building’s entrance front functions as a theatrical curtain that conceals the protagonist, which is the landscape itself. Then they enter, and the stunning view unfolds.”
The clubhouse’s unique design and facilities, which also include an impressive pro shop and Ted’s Lounge, offering culinary delights to golfers, further enhance the golf offering at Costa Navarino and the unique experiences for its guests.
One of the world’s leading sustainable destinations, Costa Navarino is renowned for its pristine coastal location, outstanding landscape, cultural heritage, luxury hospitality and real estate. A commitment to the highest standards of environmental and social responsibility exist throughout its operation, as well as a desire to promote the entire region of Messinia, while protecting and preserving both its natural beauty and heritage.
And the destination is set to further improve its golf luxury experience with the development of two new 18-hole golf courses which, stretching over 150 hectares at Navarino Hills, are on track for a spring 2022 opening. Complementing the signature layouts at The Dunes Course and The Bay Course, the two courses will boost Costa Navarino’s position as one of the world’s most environmentally-friendly golf destinations.