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Belek Golf scores top handicap for professionals

For diehard fans, golf in Belek is the premier destination, and its success has sparked an interest in Turkish real estate. But let’s look at Turkey’s history and love for the game. Be careful, because once you play a couple rounds on Turkey’s best golf courses, you might be tempted to investigate real estate, and be shocked at the low price of that villa on the 14th green.

Turkey first introduced the sport in the 1800s by creating a club in Istanbul. It moved a few places before finally calling the Harp Academies home. After noticing the popularity, the Tourism Ministry gave the ok in 1990 for Antalya and Izmir to build courses. In 1994 the first professional course opened in Turkey, given the name, Istanbul Klassis Golf Country. Two more country clubs followed suit in Belek, Antalya, they were National Golf Club and Kemer Country Club. Before you could say ball, Turkey was on its way to being a leading European destination for golfers.

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Golf in Belek: Development in the Last Decade

For many years, Europeans had mostly flocked to the Costa Del Sol or the Algarve as their premier retreats. But, in the last 15 years, Turkey has been providing enthusiasts with excellent locations and giving Spain and Portugal a severe run for their money. No longer trying hard to compete but brandishing the title as a premier international golfing destination, Turkey’s rich culture, history and climate make it an extremely desirable place to swing that club.

Within the last decade, seaside Belek has gained international favour by recreating itself with the focus as an unrivalled golfer’s holiday and beach resort. Extremely hospitable golf resorts, affordable spa packages, and hotels are the typical offering here. The city relies significantly on tourism, so it would be a challenge to find a holiday destination with a breathtaking welcome as Belek offers. Some top names like Feherty, Faldo, and Colin Montgomerie have designed deluxe courses here. Colin Montgomerie’s, Maxx Montgomerie Royal, has given Turkey a lot of international promotion for vacations because of its selection as a European Tournaments host.

This area started building with the aim towards becoming a premier golf resort it has seen an influx in tourism, vacationers and has significantly prospered. Belek is an easy and convenient 30-minute drive from the nearest airport in Antalya. The resort city holds ten premier clubs that offer a variety of holes to play. It is easy to see why this area is a golfer premier haven. All courses here are within minutes of each other, and the climate is always a perfect temperature with sunny skies.

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Why buy a home in Belek?

Naturally, Belek is a beautiful place to invest in real estate, surrounding many courses. This town also boasts of long sandy beaches, with a backdrop of lush green from the forests of pine and eucalyptus. All these silhouettes against the majestic Taurus Mountain range backdrop. Four- and five-star quality accommodations are typical here. The level of service reflected by the guest service members and local town people is that of a pleasant manner. Belek strives hard to create a welcoming environment with other attractions for those who are not enthusiasts of the game.

For the deal seeker and penny pincher, there are all-inclusive packages offered by most award-winning luxury resorts here. The area’s climate with loads of sunshine and a comfortable year-round temperature makes it possible to golf every month in this golfer’s paradise. To understand the top-notch quality offered by the real estate market, see the range of villas for sale in Belek here. Just fill in the enquiry form on the same page, if you want to know more or arrange a viewing


Where to Golf in Belek

Start with a round at the terrain of the tranquil Gloria Resort and Spa. Great restaurants and bars sit throughout the property. When finished, return to your private villa, complete with private swimming pool and hot tub for ultimate relaxation. The luxury only continues from there.

Amateur and experienced players from every corner of the globe continuously rank Gloria Spa Resort as a top Turkish destination. Travelling with non-golfers is no problem as they can enjoy the dunes on the picturesque sandy beach, private water park or get spoiled rotten with a relaxing spa package. As a secret tip, grab a drink and watch the sunset from the pier, the view is fantastic!

Also, consider the Cornelia Diamond Resort and Spa. This hotel offers excellent food, great accommodations, low key nightlife, and is a great place to tee off. Travellers consistently give the Cornelia Diamond high marks. Carya is an 18-hole course designed by Thomson Perrett and Lobb. This championship golf playground offers undulating sand hills and delivers magnificent views through mature pine and lush Eucalyptus forests that the golf-course cuts through.

Carya is Turkey’s first heathland style course built on the coast. One architectural genius; Peter Thomson boasts this it to be reminiscent of heathland courses found in London and ranked among the best in the world to play golf. There are a freshly built clubhouse and ultramodern driving range all surrounded by a 7,100-yard 72-par course. Systematically placed holes run through the lush emerald coloured pine and eucalyptus forests and sand ridges deliver an adequate level of difficulty. You can even play golf at night thanks to the lighted range.

If you cannot enjoy the best of Belek, you can always get a round or two in around Istanbul. The Istanbul Club is notable as Turkey’s first club, but the modernised course and amenities are top-notch. We would also suggest the Klassis Golf and Country Club. But, be warned, this is an incredibly challenging round. Overall, the combination of fantastic weather, perfect soil, luxury villas, a rapidly growing economy, and architecture by many of today’s best course designers should naturally drive you to great golf in Belek.

Golf in Belek


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