Are you looking out of the window thinking when is this winter weather going to end? Spring is upon us, but all I see is rain or snow. Well, this isn’t the case in Turkey, and it’s not just the sun that creates excitement. There’s no better way to enjoy the year-round heat in the Mediterranean than with a set of clubs in your hands. With courses designed by the likes of Sir Nick Faldo, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting which green to tee off from. Belek golf holidays are the perfect blend of immaculate fairways, stunning scenery and beautiful sunshine. Here’s my top tips for picking the right course in Belek.
Like a pro
Ever thought you could cut it as a pro? I know I couldn’t due to a handicap which shall forever remain a secret. What Belek Turkey golf offers is a steady rise of professional golf courses, fast becoming popular with players on the Tour. While they compete for championships, hopefully you’re not shouting “fore!” but instead honing your craft in Belek. The Turkish town has become more attractive to tourists recently due to its perfect playing conditions and stunning array of courses.
The likes of Tiger Woods plus British duo Rory Mclroy and Justin Rose have featured at the Turkish Open recently, with the latter winning twice at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal. Designed personally by former great Colin Montgomerie, this 18-hole course has some hazardous sand bunkers and narrow drives which should prove tough but fun. Rounding off on the 19th hole, head over to the restaurant for a flavoursome meal after what I hope is a productive day on the green.
While your time in Turkey will mainly be about the golf, Belek golf holidays offers a number of breaks, whether you’re thinking a short stint or long stay at some top-of-the-range five-star hotels. Your visit depends on how many courses you want to test out really. For the ultimate experience like no other, teeing off at Carya Golf Club should be on the bucket list. Why you ask? Because it’s the first of its kind that features lights to play at night.
This is a fantastic option if you want to try and fit two rounds of golf in one day, especially if you’re teeing off in the afternoon. Watch that ball glide through the night skyline while admiring the stunning views and breath-taking landscape around you.
There’s something different for every kind of player. Don’t just think it is an area for elite golfers. The courses are enjoyable and perfect for a beginner too. What better way to improve than on a world-class-course? My game needed drastic improvement while I was there, and trying out a variety of courses with different angles on each hole – while trying my best to avoid the water features – did help to drastically improve my weaknesses, which is what golf is all about. Practice makes perfect.
The National Golf Club – designed by former PGA Tour professional David Feherty – is wonderfully placed amongst pine trees and eucalyptus, overlooking the Taurus Mountains. Soaking up the sun on the front nine is a sight to behold.
If you’re feeling brave, why not test yourself with a mammoth game of golf in Belek? Head over to Gloria golf course, where the Michael Gayon-designed course is as perfect as the accommodation. A huge 45-hole championship course is immaculately set in pine forest, serving up a mental and physical challenge.
In between pinging the ball down the fairway, I’m sure there will be times where you would like to relax, taking in Belek golf holidays.
There’s many options which are accessible around the town or closer to the hotel. Whether it’s fine dining, down-time with a massage or other sporting activities such as tennis, there’s something for everyone. Alternatively, for a more relaxed game, Lykia Links which is set by the sea, pays homage to the Scottish Open. Make sure you avoid any number of bunkers with a delicate chip, or you won’t just be stuck in the sand on the beach.
The pick of the bunch might well be Nick Faldo’s 27-hole masterpiece, set in a beautiful landscape – testing the skill of any keen golfer with fast greens. Separated into three different challenges; the King, Queen and Prince’s course will need patience and your wits about you to master it.
When you add in the hospitality and temperatures that rarely drop below 15 degrees, this town on the Southern Mediterranean coast is definitely a paradise for golfers.