Hole 1 Par 4
This hole is all about the tee shot.
The better player may want to take on the water off the tee.
From there it is a short 2nd shot to a small green with a tier running through the middle.
Any shot slightly left will roll back down onto the green so use this if you need to. Good starting hole.
Hole 2 Par 5
Straight away par 5 which generally plays downwind, making it reachable for the better player.
Avoid the left-hand side with your tee shot and keep your approach shot out of the front right greenside bunker.
This green has another tier running through the middle, so take this into account for your approach to the green.
Another birdie chance.
Hole 3 Par 3
Short par 3 with quite an undulating green.
Avoid the right-hand side of the hole as lots of trouble lurks there.
Avoid the front bunker too as it is deep and your ball will probably plug.
Putting is the most difficult part of this hole so try to get the ball on the same level/area as the hole.
Don’t forget to look to your right for the first view of beautiful Navarino Bay and the town of Pylos.
Hole 4 Par 4
Signature hole of The Bay Course which runs directly along Navarino Bay.
One of the more difficult holes on the course, with a tight tee shot and second shot due to the water lurking all the way along the right.
Walking off this hole with a par or even a bogey is not a bad thing, so don’t take on the water unless you feel you’re playing well.
Favor the left-hand side of the green with your approach shot.
Remember to enjoy the view!
Hole 5 Par 3
This is the second hole that runs directly along Navarino Bay with a perfect view of Pylos town from the tee.
Straightforward hole where if you are to miss your shot, miss it short.
Hole 6 Par 5
Uphill par 5 with a generous fairway.
Avoid the fairway bunker about 80-100m short of the green at all costs and, whatever you do, do not leave your approach shot short or the ball will roll 30-40m back down the hill towards you.
Take an extra club to be safe. Good chance to make a score, so if you avoid the above two pitfalls you should leave the hole happy.
Hole 7 Par 5
Runs parallel to Hole 6 and is therefore downhill.
For the better player this is a very reachable par 5 and a good birdie hole.
Favor the right side of the fairway off the tee and avoid the big bunker short of the green with your second shot.
Approach the green carefully, as when dry it is very difficult to keep it from running through the back, so allow for this extra run.
A good birdie chance, especially for the better golfer.
Hole 8 Par 4
Short par 4 with a very tricky shallow green.
Keep your tee shot to the right as there is trouble lurking to the left.
With your second shot to a very shallow green, take a club that will clear the front bunker and don’t worry too much about going for the flag but also try to avoid going long.
Precision is important here.
Hole 9 Par 3
Tough par 3 where you definitely want to avoid the bunkers short and left of the green as it is almost a certain bogey from there.
Approach from the right-hand side and never attack the left sided hole location unless you are feeling supremely confident.
Another tough green, so walk away with a par here and you’ll be very happy.
Make sure you enjoy the views over the bay from the elevated location.
Hole 10 Par 5
Ranked the toughest hole on the course and rightly so.
You need to concentrate on keeping the ball in the fairway of the tee and be even more cautious with your second as trouble lurks everywhere.
You problems don’t stop there, as the green is wildly undulating with deep bunkers on the right-hand side which you really need to avoid.
Approach to the green is definitely from the left-hand side.
A front hole location is easiest but with anything at the back be very careful and play conservatively.
Walk away with a par and you’ll be very happy.
Hole 11 Par 3
The shortest hole over both courses, this is just over 100m in length from the back tees.
As it is the highest point of the course, the wind does play its part and missing left or right will leave a difficult up and down.
However, as it is so short you really should be able to find the green and two putt for a fairly easy par.
Hole 12 Par 4
Very enticing tee shot looking down the barrel of the hole from the high point of the tee.
You can afford to leak a little to the right and the ball should return to the fairway, but not too much.
Second shot will generally be off a downhill lie to a small undulating green, so allow for a little extra roll.
Great hole to look at, but it tends to sneak up on you so take care.
Hole 13 Par 4
Will become Hole 1 in the future so enjoy the great views of Navarino Bay.
Simple, straight away par 4, so just avoid the bunker of the tee and you should have a fairly easy second.
When conditions are dry, allow for extra roll on the normally hard green.
Short and right of the green will allow for an easier up and down.
Hole 14 Par 4
This hole shares the back tee with the 6th hole.
Nice wide fairway to aim for and a generous green too.
As with most holes on The Bay Course, avoid the bunkers as they are very difficult.
The Green has a tier that splits it into a front and back half.
Otherwise a fairly simple hole before the tough 15th.
Hole 15 Par 3
Hopefully you’ll have to wait on this tee because it has the most amazing view over Navarino Bay.
Sit and enjoy it but only if you have time.
This is a very difficult par 3 with hazards short, right and left of the very small and tough green.
Best to take one to two extra clubs and use the slope at the back to get as close to the hole as you can
Hole 16 Par 3
Alright, two par 3s in a row, but once you get onto the back tee here you’ll fall in love with the hole.
Avoid the large left-hand bunker at all costs, especially because anything right of the hole should roll back onto the green.
Very difficult three-tier green that slopes from front to back and left to right, so take great care when putting.
Hole 17 Par 4
Short par 4 and again, you need to avoid the bunkers off the tee.
From there you should have a fairly short second shot to a small but easy green.
Don’t go long as only trouble will be waiting.
Good chance for a score here.
Hole 18 Par 5
Short par 5 which gives you a good chance to finish on a high.
Stay left off the tee and avoid the fairway bunker.
From there, try to stay out of the bunkers for your second shot and you should have a fairly simple approach to a very undulating green, so pick the right club.
Because it is not a long hole, good players can try to reach the green in two but be careful as trouble awaits both short in the bunkers.
Time to visit the 19th hole!