A Greek Golf Course Fit for the Gods

Eat. Stay. Love. | Presented by Edward Jones | In this episode, our host Jamie McDonald travels to the Crete Golf Club in Crete, Greece. There he talks with General Manager Nicholas Sotiropolous and Head Pro Henrik Engdahl about what makes this course so unique. Doesn't hurt that it's right by the birthplace of the Greek God Zeus.

Released on 10/15/2018

Transcript

00:00
This is where God Zeus was born.
00:02
There is a cave there that you can visit if you like.
00:04
So if you were going to,
00:05
if you were going to pray for help,
00:06
this is the hole to do it 'cause maybe Zeus can help you.
00:09
Yes, the God of gods.
00:14
We all believe that Crete can be
00:15
a destination for the whole year around.
00:17
A real golf destination.
00:18
That's what we are striving for.
00:20
Everyone can have bricks and mortars
00:22
It's all about people.
00:24
And we do our best to accommodate
00:26
every bespoke need of everyone here.
00:30
We're really happy when people talk about our staff.
00:33
You're treated as a member even if you are not one.
00:36
And right there are so many fabulous courses all over
00:38
Europe, why do you think people should come here to Crete?
00:41
This course is a different course from the ones
00:44
that they have played in Portugal and Spain.
00:47
Which everything is a little bit flat.
00:48
Here, you will not recognize any of the holes.
00:51
And you will not see the next hole.
00:53
Play hole number four, you don't see hole number five
00:55
or hole number three or hole number nine.
00:58
So it's a unique course.
00:59
All right Jamie, show us the way.
01:04
(ball pinging)
01:06
[Henrik] Oh beautiful.
01:07
[Jamie] Whoa.
01:08
[Henrik] Wow.
01:09
That is a perfect shot.
01:12
Nicholas, the signature hole.
01:14
Why don't you tell us about it.
01:15
This is the one.
01:16
So this is more or less like an island green.
01:18
But we don't have any water hazard.
01:20
You have to go over the ravine, make it to the green.
01:23
Left side is not good.
01:25
Short is not good either.
01:27
You just have to go for the green or a bit over.
01:31
(ball pinging)
01:32
[Jamie] Nice.
01:33
[Nicholas] Wow.
01:34
[Jamie] Oh my God, that really could be in the hole.
01:36
[Nicholas] That's my bro.
01:38
(ball pinging)
01:39
[Henrik] There we go.
01:41
[Nicholas] Wow.
01:41
[Henrik] Get there.
01:43
Oh that should work.
01:46
I would say I would put my money here.
01:49
Just a tad outside.
01:50
Okay.
01:51
[Henrik] Average speed I would say.
01:53
(ball pinging)
01:54
[Nicholas] That's a good one.
01:56
Yes!
01:58
[Henrik] Well done.
01:59
Great birdie.
02:02
[Nicholas] So this is hole 11.
02:03
This is our president's favorite.
02:05
It's probably the most photographed hole on our course.
02:09
I usually play an iron here, keep it safe.
02:11
And I enjoy the view.
02:13
I would play this with a three
02:15
but I would go for the green, it's quite short.
02:17
275 meters downhill with the wind today helping us.
02:21
So I'm not going to hold back.
02:22
I'm not going to play an iron.
02:24
Safe, risky.
02:25
Correct.
02:26
(ball pinging)
02:27
[Henrik] Oh great swing there.
02:28
Perfect.
02:29
(ball pinging)
02:30
[Nicholas] Woo!
02:32
Woo.
02:32
(in a foreign language)
02:33
[Nicholas] Did you see that land?
02:34
Yeah that's next to the bin.
02:35
[Nicholas] All right.
02:43
It's a word that there is no direct translation
02:46
to English or other language.
02:48
They call it philotimo.
02:50
We all know other people and it's about hospitality.
02:54
Right.
02:55
So what are we toasting?
02:56
We're toasting to Greece as a golf destination.
02:59
[Jamie] Yamas.
02:59
[Nicholas] Yamas.
03:00
(glasses clinking)
03:02
[Jamie] Oh my God.
03:03
(laughing)
03:04
No hangover huh?
03:04
[Nicholas] No no.
03:05
[Jamie] Okay, I'll let you know.
03:06
[Nicholas] All right.
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