The Birthplace of Civilization – On Par with World’s Most Civilized Sport
The international horizons of universally appreciated golf mantras such as “staying out of the rough” and “avoiding obstacles” have been expanded in recent years with the growing popularity of Turkey as a golf destination – a growth which has prompted the development of 11 new world-class courses by the end of the decade to complement those already attracting golf aficionados seeking exotic luxury at accessible prices.
While Turkey’s Biblical landmarks, ancient ruins and historic shrines are safely out of reach of soaring Slazengers, they provide intriguing backdrops to challenging play and lend a cultural bent to the sport of pre-and/or après golf, for which Turkey presents captivating options. Those, coupled with breathtaking landscapes, a climate that affords year-round outings and an internationally acclaimed cuisine, make coastal Turkey one of the world’s most desirable and fastest-growing destinations for duffers. Moreover, English as the language of luxury travel is universally spoken at Turkey’s glamorous golf resorts and clubs, and the favorable currency exchange rate, complemented by budget-friendly greens’ fees make Turkish tee-offs a remarkable value.
The Belek Borough, located in the popular leisure region of Antalya, is a particular hotspot for golfers, boasting a cluster of Turkey’s most attractive golf resorts. The Antalya area is dubbed the “Turkish Riviera” because of the chic clientele of its sumptuous hotels and resorts who relish the 300 days of annual sunshine on its breathtaking blue-flag awarded beaches; consequently, its golf resorts sport luxurious accommodations, exquisite culinary choices and pampering service.
Embraced by two seas and the legendary Bosphorous Strait that connects them, Istanbul with its dazzling selection of world-class hotels is another magnet for golf aficionados in the spring, summer and autumn. The only city in the world that straddles two continents - Europe and Asia - is home to the one of the oldest clubs in Europe, founded in 1895. At some point even the most fanatic of golfers will trade spikes for walking shoes to explore Istanbul, a vibrant treasure trove of awe-inspiring religious structures, breathtaking palaces, unparalleled museums and dynamic dining, arts and entertainment scenes.