Discover Great Golfing in Turkey

turkey-patA country with a rapidly developing golf market, fast growing tourism industry and favourable climatic conditions, Turkey has enormous golf development potential. Its emergence as a “hotspot” for new golf courses seems certain to make Turkey Holidays increasingly popular, especially with European golfers. The country welcomed over 30 million foreign visitors in 2009, of which some 40% were from established golf destinations such as the UK, USA, Germany and the Netherlands.

At present, the Antalya / Belek region offers the most attractive golf Holidays in Turkey, having built a noteworthy worldwide standing as a golfing destination. The area’s finest courses include the David Feherty-designed National G.C., an excellent venue, offering 300+ days of sunshine, in a tranquil part of the eastern Mediterranean. Arguably, the flagship course of the Anatalya region, its modern features are tastefully incorporated into the natural landscape, offering a classy championship-standard layout. A decent test for the even the best players, accomplished golfers will need to find the narrow landing areas on the sculpted, tree-lined fairways from the back tees, whilst less experienced players will be tested by tricky approaches to greens, including the “signature” 2nd hole, with its green apparently floating in a lake.

Other offerings for golf holidays in Turkey include the nearby, Tat Beach International G.C., a Fred Hawtree design, some 20 miles east of Antalya.
With 3 loops of 9 holes, of varying characteristics, it is another course worthy of inclusion in any Turkey holidays itinerary.

The Antalya / Belek region is one of the Mediterranean’s most accessible, with Belek just a half hour drive from Antalya airport, which is served by many budget airlines including in the cooler months, when demand for Turkey holidays incorporating golf is at its greatest. As a result, Turkey should continue to capitalise, with Turkey holidays on the Aegean Coast increasingly focusing on golf as a major tourism product.

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