PGA Sultan, Turkey
The golf courses of Turkey are rapidly becoming some of the hottest golfing destinations in Europe. With new golf courses and golf resorts opening all the time to complement some excellent existing layouts, this great value holiday destination has become increasingly popular and as this guide to Turkish golf shows that story is only just beginning.
On the south coast of the country the Turkish Riviera in the region of Antalya is centered on the resort town of Belek whose climate year round is perfect for fantastic golf. The most well known golf resorts in the area are the Gloria Golf Resort and the Sirene Palace Golf Resort which owns the 36 holes at the Antalya Golf Club.
The Old Course at Gloria is one of the best in the country, set amidst a forest of pines, and has already hosted European Senior and World Golf Championship events whilst the National Golf Club (pictured right) is simply not to be missed, ranked 43rd in Europe by Golf World, running through a pine and eucalyptus with a number of challenging water hazards.
If you relish a challenge then you should not miss the PGA Sultan (pictured left) course at the Atalya Golf Club, which is also home to the enjoyable Pasha layout. A newer golfing experience can be found at the Carya Golf Club where the Faldo course is as challenging and classy as you would expect. It is situated on a unique site that blends native pine with a sandy soil that is absolutely perfect for golf.
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Another new course that is associated with a European Ryder Cup star is the recently opened Montgomerie course at the Papillon Golf Club, a true championship layout that will test every level of player. The latest addition to the great courses this area has to offer is also unique and a must for lovers of linksland golf. The Lykia World Links is the first links to have been built in the Southern Mediterranean and offers a true seaside test of golf.
A burgeoning star on the European golfing scene Turkey is fast making its mark with some excellent golf courses and is a holiday destination that will certainly meet the needs of every player.