Great golf and familiar faces at Costa Navarino's season opener

26 February 2019

The successful third annual Messinia ProAm, featuring competitors from 20 countries, saw a victory for Italy, while Hollywood actor Bill Murray and England's Rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall added to the event's appeal.

PGA of Italy's Alessandro Tadini retained his concentration amid the celebrity spotting to win the season-opening event, at the Mediterranean's leading destination, Costa Navarino, in Greece.

Tadini's final tally of 197, 15-under par, was a hugely impressive 11 shots ahead of his nearest rival, Wentworth's Stuart Boyle, following two rounds of golf on the Dunes Course and one on the Bay Course.

The 45-year-old Italian was full of praise for the destination, saying: "I would like to thank Costa Navarino for hosting this wonderful event. It is a fantastic place with two spectacular courses, and myself and my team have had the most amazing time in Messinia."

More than 120 professionals, celebrities and amateur golfers - including Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe winner Murray and rugby legend Tindall - enjoyed three rounds of competition golf in a professionally organised event, and a series of thematic social events culminating in a memorable gala dinner and prizegiving hosted by pro golfer and TV presenter Iona Stephen and golf coach and YouTube star Peter Finch.

Murray was as in awe of Costa Navarino as Tadini, and said: "This is the best place I've ever been. The golf courses are great; I've never been treated nicer anywhere. This is a different level; it is not like anything I've ever seen."

And Tindall added: "I can see why Costa Navarino is called a gem. The views are stunning and everyone is so friendly."

The event was attended by a substantial gathering of international media while accommodation was provided for all at the five-star The Westin Resort Costa Navarino.

Event partners included AEGEAN Airlines, a member of Star Alliance, the official airline of the tournament, and Erasmus, the official travel partner.

One of the world's most sustainable destinations, Costa Navarino is renowned for its pristine coastal location, breathtaking 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.

View the video of the 2019 Messinia Pro-Am at Costa Navarino, here, while a gallery of images from the event is available here.


Picture caption: Bill Murray, credit Elias Lefas

Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history.

Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring five-star deluxe hotels, luxury private residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and children.

Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury five-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino; Navarino Residences, a collection of luxury villas for private ownership; and The Residences at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino - fully furnished resort apartments for sale; the signature golf course The Dunes Course; Anazoe Spa, a 4,000m2 spa and thalassotherapy centre; the state-of-the-art conference centre House of Events; specially designed facilities for children; and a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities. Navarino Bay, the second area, is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course.

Navarino Hills, with two 18-hole golf courses, is currently under construction, and there are two further sites underway.

High-resolution images of Costa Navarino may be downloaded from here.

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