Turkey is a relative newcomer to the golfing fraternity. Their Golfing Federation has only been in existence since 1996, currently with around 20 golf courses available and more in the planning stages. Turkey planned to increase the number of courses available. But unfortunately, global financial problems put a hold on this. New ones have been designed and are in operation but not the 100 that was anticipated. Although Turkey is a vast country most of the golf courses are to be found in the Mediterranean region of Antalya, in particularly Belek – whose topography is perfect for golf. Istanbul has two established courses just outside the city.
Quality not quantity
Visiting Belek you will be amazed by the high quality of the courses. Internationally popular; golfers come from all over Europe to play here. Getting to combine playing on well designed and challenging courses, with beautiful weather and 5* accommodation, is attractive to both players and their families. Travelling abroad to play golf is becoming more and more popular, a visit to yesgolf.co.uk can help you prepare for a long distance golfing trip. Conveniently close to a major International airport, a transfer time of fewer than 45 mins, ensures you can be on the Belek courses almost immediately, which of course is perfect.
Courses designed by names you will recognise.
Designed by Perry, the son of the legendary architect Peter Dye, the Lykia Links course, follows in dad’s footsteps as a tough, meaty 18-hole course, a challenge for any golfer. PGA Sultan is one of two courses of the Antalya Golf Club, the 18-hole course designed by David Jones and the European Golf Design is one of the original courses for the area. Both PGA Sultan and sister course Pasha offers the opportunity to play some challenging water hazards alongside quality greens. The Carya course built by Peter Thompson’s company and Cornelia designed by Nick Faldo are both exceptional courses offering memorable rounds.