The popularity of Turkey a destination for a golf holiday is growing quickly and it’s easy to see why. With world-class golf courses, a fascinating history, and beaches to enjoy it really is a perfect holiday destination. Professionally designed golf courses in the areas of Alanya and Antalya have been well received by international professional players and they’re sure to make your holiday a memorable one.
The Top Reasons to Visit Turkey For a Golf Holiday
If you’re thinking about booking a golf holiday in Turkey but want to know more, here are the top 5 reasons to visit.
1. Glorious Weather for European Travellers
2. Be a Trendsetter
While the courses in Turkey are certainly up to world-class standards, the country is relatively new to the sport of golf. It’s quickly grown in popularity and there are a number of top international tournaments that have been hosted here. But there is still an opportunity to be something of a trend-setter as Turkey is relatively unknown as a golf holiday destination. Turkey’s leaders have made an express commitment to the growth of golf throughout the country so you can expect the number of courses to grow.
Cornelia Diamond Hotel
Montgomerie Golf Course
3. Experience the World Class Courses
The area of Belek in particular has hosted many international golf tournaments and boasts courses designed by European Tour winners including David Feherty, Nick Faldo and Colin Montgomerie.
The Carya Golf Club, developed by Peter Thomson, is a unique melding of British and Turkish culture. The course is dotted with Heathlands, a type of vegetation not often seen in Turkey, giving the course some old-world charm. An interesting feature of the course is that the last nine holes are floodlit so you can finish your round after sunset.
The course at Cornelia Golf Resort was designed by Nick Faldo. This impressive course was constructed in record time without compromising on quality and has been well-received by top international golfers.
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course, designed by Scottish golfing legend Colin Montgomerie, is a sprawling course with an internationally respected golf academy. This course has played a unique role in the development of the sport as the host of the European Tour three years in a row.
Maxx Royal Hotel
The Nick Faldo Golf Course
The Nick Faldo Golf Course
4. Enjoy the History and Attractions of the Area
As Belek golf courses build on their reputation, it’s not only the high-quality courses that are attracting golfers from around the world. The area is host to a range of beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, along with spectacular scenery and views.
There is lots to explore in the area of Antalya less then 1 hours drive from Belek. Starting with the harbour there’s an opportunity to explore the narrow alleyways, marvel at the ancient Roman Walls and enjoy the picturesque Kaleici old quarter. The old harbour in Antalya is also not to be missed with the beautiful boutiques, yachts, beautiful clear water and pretty cafes.
Other points of interest include Yivli Minare, the fluted minaret, constructed by Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Kykubad and Aspendos, a famous archaeological site which is home to a well-preserved Roman theatre. Of course, there are near limitless opportunities to shop which might be a perfect option for non-golfers on the tour.
The area is easily accessible from the busy international Antalya airport.