Belek Golf scores top handicap for professionals
For the diehard global golf lover, Turkey is the premier destination for golf and golf real estate. Let’s take a look at Turkey’s history with and love for the game of golf. But, be careful, because once you play a couple rounds on Turkey’s best courses and are tempted to investigate golf course bordering real estate, you’ll be shocked at the low price you’ll pay for that villa on the 14th green with Belek golf properties.
Turkey was first introduced to the sport of golf in the 1800’s and the first golf club was created in Istanbul named the “Istanbul Golf Club.” The golf course was a main gateway for other golf clubs and the introduction to golf in Turkey. The first Golf course was also built in Istanbul. It moved a few places before finally calling the Harp Academies home. After noticing the popularity, the ministry of tourism gave the ok in 1990 for Antalya and Izmir to also build golf courses. In 1994 the first professional golf course opened in Turkey, given the name, Istanbul Klassis Golf Country. Two more Golf country clubs followed suit in Belek, Antalya, They were National Golf Club and Kemer Country Club. Before you could say “FORE,” Turkey was on its way to being a leading European destination for golfers.
Development in Belek in the last decade:
For many years, Europeans had mostly flocked to Spain or Portugal as their premier golf retreats. But, in the last 15 years, Turkey has been providing golf enthusiasts with amazing locations and giving Spain and Portugal a serious run for their money. No longer trying hard to compete but actually brandishing the title of one of the premier international golfing destinations. Turkey’s rich culture, history and climate make it an extremely desirable place to golf.
Within the last decade, Belek has gained international favour by recreating itself with the focus as a golfer’s holiday retreat. Extremely hospitable resorts, hotels and golf courses are the typical offering here. The city relies greatly on tourism, so it would be a challenge to find a golf haven holiday with as warm a welcome as Belek offers. Some of the top names like Fehert, Faldo, and Colin Montgomerie have designed the golf courses here. Colin Montgomerie’s, Maxx Montgomerie Royal, has given Turkey a lot of international promotion because of its selection as a host of the European Tour.
This area started building with the aim towards becoming a premier golf resort because of this area’s purpose for being the city has seen an influx in tourism, vacationers and has prospered greatly. Belek is an easy and convenient 30-minute drive from the nearest airport in Antalya. The resort city holds 10 premier golf clubs that offer a variety of holes to play. It is easy to see why this area is regarded a golfers premier haven. All of the courses here are located within minutes of each other and the climate is always a perfect temperature with sunny skies.
Why buy a home in Belek?
Belek is also naturally beautiful and a wonderful place to invest in real estate, including real estate surrounding the many golf courses. This city boasts long sandy beaches, with a backdrop of lush green from the forests of pine and eucalyptus. All of this is silhouetted against the backdrop of the majestic Taurus Mountains. Four and five star quality accommodations are the normal here. The level of service reflected by the guest service members and the local town’s people is that of an upbeat warm welcoming manner. The city strives hard to create a warm welcoming environment and pleasing attractions for the others with you that may not be golf enthusiasts. For the deal seeker and penny pincher, there are all-inclusive packages offered by most of the luxury resorts here. The climate of the area is also the best with a year round comfortable temperature that makes it possible to golf every month of the year in this golfer’s paradise. Average temperatures are; AUTUMN- 28 C°- 21 C°, WINTER-16 C 15 C°, SPRING- 16 C°-22 C°.
If you are going to explore Belek Turkey golf, start with a round at Gloria Golf Resort. When you get done working on your short game, you’ll return to your private villa, complete with private swimming pool and hot tub. The luxury only continues from there. Great restaurants and bars are found throughout the property. Gloria Golf Resort is consistently ranked as a top Turkish golf destination by players from every corner of the globe. Travelling with non-golfers is no problem as they can enjoy the white sand beach, private water park or get spoiled rotten at the resort spa. As a secret tip, grab a drink and watch the sunset from the pier, the view is amazing!
You should also consider the Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort and Spa. This property also offers great food, great accommodations and great golf. Travellers consistently give the Cornelia Diamond high marks.
Carya Golf Course is an 18 hole course designed by Thomson Perrett and Lobb located in Belek. This is a championship golf course offering undulating sand hills and delivers magnificent views through the forests of mature pine and lush Eucalyptus that the course cuts through. Carya is Turkey’s first heathland style golf course to been built on the coast. One of the architectural genius’s Peter Thomson boasts this course to be reminiscent to the heathland courses found in London and ranked among the best in the world for golfing. There is a freshly built clubhouse and state of the art driving range all surrounded by a 7,100 yard 72-par golf course. Systematically placed holes run through the lush emerald coloured pine and eucalyptus forests and the sand ridges deliver a good level of difficulty.
If you aren’t able to enjoy the best of Belek, you can always get a round or two in around Istanbul. The aforementioned Istanbul Golf Club course is notable as Turkey’s first club, but the course has been modernised and the amenities are top notch. We would also suggest the Klassis Golf and Country Club. But, be warned, this is seriously tough course.
All in all, the combination of amazing weather, perfect soil, a rapidly growing economy and architecture by many of today’s hottest golf course designers should naturally “drive” you to great golf in Turkey.