Turkey can boast many things – beautiful beaches, fascinating culture and history, Turkish Delight – but it doesn’t, or rather didn’t, have a great golfing heritage.
However, this is changing and at a very rapid rate. In particular the area around the city of Belek, near to Antalya airport, has developed hugely over the past 30 years to now be regarded as one of the most sought after golfing destinations in Europe – with over 20 courses laid out amongst stunning natural scenery. These courses offer choice, quality and variety not easily found in the rest of Europe or even the world.
Turkey’s golf market is also growing, with new courses and ever more luxurious places to stay further enticing the golfing tourist.
The region’s fabulous golfing pedigree also attracts the world’s best players, many of whom will be playing the Turkish Airlines Open 2015 on the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course later this month.
With Turkish Airlines flying to more destinations than any other airline, the players will have no problem getting to the competition as well. Whether it will be Ben An travelling from Korea, Lee Westwood making his way from England, or Ian Poulter taking the maiden Turkish Airlines trip from Miami to Istanbul.
These extensive flights to the region also mean there is no excuse for any keen golfer not to test themselves on this most exciting emerging golfing region.
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