Posted on November 7, 2023 in Travel & Golf.
Golf on the Antalya Riviera
With a mild climate and exceptional courses designed by world-renowned architects, the Antalya region in southern Turkey is one of the most popular destinations for practicing your swing in all seasons in a privileged environment.
Turkey offers a variety of high quality courses where whatever your level of play, you are guaranteed to have a memorable golfing time. The country offers travelers nature and landscapes of great beauty, splendid beaches, ancient cities which are real open-air museums, numerous activities as well as a beautiful gastronomic diversity.
The golf adventure began in the XNUMXth century
The history of golf in Turkey goes back further than one might think. Istanbul Golf Club, founded in 1895, led to the establishment of clubs in the famous Turkish cities ofAntalya, Muğla, Izmir, Ankara, Samsun and Aydın. However, with its pleasant climate and magnificent nature, the region of Belek in Antalya has stood out in this area, offering an unrivaled combination of privileged hotel services and numerous golf courses. Today, Belek golf hotels, which have helped make Antalya an important sports tourism destination, are a meeting point for amateur and professional golfers.
Play in all seasons in Antalya
Thanks to the quality and diversity of its complexes, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) awarded Belek the prize for “Best Golf Destination of the Year 2008 in Europe”. In addition, the region offers fairway enthusiasts the opportunity to play golf during most of the year. In an environment where the sun shines 300 days a year and the average temperature rarely drops below 21 degrees.
Golf in Belek
The region's premium accommodation facilities are complemented by golf courses designed in harmony with their surroundings. In the heart of the emerald nature of the Turkish Riviera, eleven golf clubs, Antalya Golf Club, Cornelia Golf Club, National Golf Club, Kaya Palazzo Golf Club, Sueno Golf Club, Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club, The Gloria Golf Club, Nobilis Golf Club, Lykia Links Antalya Golf Club, The Titanic De Luxe Golf Belek, Carya Golf Club, with no less than seventeen 18-hole championship courses. From classic courses to seaside links like the excellent Likia Links, these international-level complexes signed by renowned players, such as David Jones, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Faldo, where golfers of all levels can enjoy a wide selection of high-quality courses with varying levels of difficulty. By welcoming thousands of players from Europe, Asia and America every year, Belek offers its visitors unique advantages, approximately 35 minutes from Antalya airport and courses that are less than five minutes from each other.
Belek has hosted many tournaments with participation, including by Tiger Woods, Charl Schwartzel, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson. The most famous tournaments are the “ Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup" , as well as the " Turkish Airlines Challenge", which brings together the most talented amateurs in Europe, or the " Turkish Airlines Open Golf Tournaments", one of the eight tournaments of the PGA European Tour Series.
If the region is a remarkable travel destination for its environment, its rich cultural heritage, and its sporting and well-being activities, the city of Antalya immerses us upon arrival with emotion, in the vestiges of its ancient past. A visit which must be completed by the discovery of ancient and renowned sites in the surrounding area: Perge and the remains of its Greco-Roman city, Aspendos and its Roman theater, or the impressive ancient site of Termessos. Located in the hinterland 35 km northwest of Antalya, in the middle of the mountains with lush vegetation of which it occupies a steep valley. The Termessos site has been occupied for a very long time. Already mentioned by Homer in the Iliad, this city with a warlike reputation, well protected by its environment, valiantly resisted Alexander The Great who tried in vain to conquer it in 334 BC. Between Turkish hospitality, varied culinary tradition, and exceptional sunshine, Antalya is definitely a destination of choice for planning golfing and cultural holidays throughout the year.
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