Golf in Turkey
Turkey has become one of the most popular golfing destinations in the world over the last few years, in a parallel to the countries more general rise in the travel sector.
The history and culture of Turkey is fascinating, creating a modern day country that borrows elements from a wide array of differing cultures and continents.
Turkey – formerly comprising part of the economic powerhouse that was the Ottoman Empire - is again threatening dominance; this time in the leisure sector. With five star golf courses and resorts, some of the most idyllic beaches in the world, luxurious accommodation and natural, historical and cultural diversity, Turkey will continue to attract visitors from around the world.
Climate and diversity
Turkey is situated in a temperate climatic zone, although the temperature varies based on the varying geographical landscapes. By the Marmar, Aegean and Mediterranean coasts, you will fill find glorious sunshine for most of the year. Spring is arguably a better time to visit, as the temperatures can become overbearing in the height of summer. Inland, the Anatolian plateau is transformed from blistering heat during summer days to sub-zero temperatures in the evenings and during the winter. Istanbul and Ankara are located in areas win a beautifully warm and mild climate, a trait they share with the vast majority of Turkey. Stay away from the east of the country and you will be welcomed with more than hospitable temperatures almost all year round.
As with many other European counties, Turkey has a great diversity of landscapes and locations, all of which offer so much to the tourist. Turkey’s beaches are world renowned for their golden sand and the crystal clear sea water that holds some of the most impressive aquatic species in Europe. The mountain regions are nothing short of spectacular, and some of the main cities, such as Istanbul, will provide the perfect combination of golf, culture and sightseeing. With so many golf resorts springing up over one of the most interesting regions in the world, deciding where to go in this vast and varied country is a challenge in itself.
Naturally, the golf will be perfect wherever you chose to go in Turkey. Unsurprisingly, the country has attracted some top quality architects and highly acclaimed golf designers, and with competitive prices and sybaritic accommodation, you won’t be disappointed, wherever you chose to go. We have done some of the hard work, and selected three of the finest offerings for your contemplation...
Sueno Golf Club - Belek
Belek, on the Meditarranean coast, is the ideal place to play golf, and is represented twice in our list of courses to play in Turkey.
The Sueno Golf Club possesses two eighteen-hole golf courses that wind through pine trees and expansive lakes in an area of the country that offers unrivalled golfing perfection. The two courses, the ‘Dunes’ and ‘Pines’, are similar in layout, and if you keep the ball straight you won’t have long approaches into the greens. The clubhouse overlooks an enormous lake; the ideal place to relax and contemplate as the sun sets on a fine golfing experience.
Away from the golf course, the accommodation matches the excellence of the golf club. The suites, which overlook the perfectly manicured fairways, are truly five star quality, just a stone’s throw away from some of the best beaches in the country. The resort organise a comprehensive array of activities and watersports, if you fancy a break from the strenuous practice of playing golf in paradise.
With www.golfbreaks.com, five nights and five days’ unlimited golf will cost less than £500.
Cornelia Golf Resort
Just down the road you will find a Nick Faldo designed golf course which has been ranked as one of the top 100 golf courses in Europe. It is Faldo’s first design in south-east Europe, and one that will present a challenge for any standard of golfer.
Faldo Design managed to turn an “exceptional piece of land” into a fully functioning golf course in nine months. As with Sueno, the plot is inundated with water and pine trees that provide for some challenging golf holes, like the 9th. It has water all down the right hand side of the fairway and green, an example of the exciting yet exigent nature of the course.
There is a great variety of golf holes, with differing hazards ranging from thick shrubland to the aforementioned lakes. An additional nine holes were completed in 2007, creating a 27-hole golfing experience at a new, prestigious golf club revered by all that play it. According to www.top100golfcourses.co.uk, it is “one of the best new clubs in Europe.”
The resort has all the facilities that are almost obligatory with so much competition for custom. The beach is metres away from a spectacular clubhouse, along with a newly constructed sports centre, a magnificent swimming pool, conference centres and lavish accommodation.
Klassic Golf and Country Club
Klassis Golf and County club is located less than an hour away from Istanbul . It is a championship standard par-73 golf course designed by former U.S. Open Champion Tony Jacklin.
The golf course is the epitome of pristine. It winds its way through dense oak forests and twists around a variety of lakes that present a constant hazard. The course has many undulations which add to the challenge of arguably the toughest course in region. The scenery from some of the highest positions on the course is striking, and the sun, coupled with the tranquil, still setting mean you will come off the course relaxed, regardless of score.
After your round, why not head into the centre of Istanbul, a city that is rapidly becoming one of the trendiest in Europe. In a city that is a mixture of both east and west, new bars and restaurants are springing up all over the place, the arts are booming, and the many historic sites and landmarks pay testament to the cultural significance of the city.
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