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Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

by Richard Green 30. October 2012 19:49

Justin Rose might have walked away from the World Golf Finals almost a million pounds better off but he wasn’t the only winner in Turkey that week. Hundreds entered our recent competition to win an all-expenses-paid trip to Belek – including tickets to watch all four days of the golf at Antalya Golf Club – but it was David Chapman from Stockport who emerged victorious. 

David, along with a travelling partner, enjoyed a fantastic week in Turkey watching Englishman Rose claim the title in an eight-man tournament that also included Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Charl Schwartzel. An avid fan of the game but himself a lapsed golfer, David was so impressed by the standard of play that he was inspired to pick up his clubs again upon his return and hopes to start playing again.

Here are a few of David’s thought on the week.

“What an experience watching the world’s finest players up close. I’ve watched people like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy on television loads of time before but when you see them hitting balls just a few feet in front of you it’s truly amazing. I most enjoyed watching Lee Westwood and Justin Rose, though. It was great to see two Englishmen battling it out for the title. 

Earlier in the week Rose had smashed the course record, shooting an incredible 9-under, only for Lee to return an amazing 10-under round. He holed a huge putt on the 18th to achieve the feat (see video) that was undoubtedly the highlight of the week for me. The noise when it dropped in was incredible. 

Although I did want Westy to win I was pleased for Justin – what a year he’s had after winning a WGC event and also starring at the Ryder Cup.  

Turkey is fabulous place. I had no idea that golf was so popular here but there are loads of courses in the area and the guys from Millennium Golf – who took care of all our transfers – say that this is just the beginning. Apparently ambitious plans are afoot for many more courses across the country.

Apart from one afternoon of torrential rain, the weather was superb too… imagine playing in beautiful 30-degree sunshine at 11 o’clock in the morning. In October! Amazing.

We stayed at the nearby Sueno hotel – it’s a fabulous complex and I made good use of all the facilities, including gym, sauna and swimming pool. All very relaxing. We had a brilliant room overlooking the 18th greens of both courses and it was great to sit with a morning coffee watching players negotiate the island greens. 

I can’t recommend Belek highly enough and would like to give a big thanks to Golfbreaks.com for such an amazing competition prize.” 

With 14 golf courses, more than 20 five-star hotels in the region and 300 days of sunshine per year it is easy to understand why Belek has fast become one of the most popular golfing destinations in recent times. For the latest deals and a complete Golfbreaks.com guide to playing golf in Turkey simply click here.

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Richard Green

I’m the PR Manager for Golfbreaks, which essentially means working with the media and ‘encouraging’ them to a) write about Golfbreaks, and b) write nice things about Golfbreaks! I joined from Callaway Golf but before that I was Golf World magazine’s Travel Editor for six years. I’ve been fortunate enough to have played hundreds of courses around the world and like nothing better than talking (and writing) about golf courses. My wish list includes: Chambers Bay, Shinnecock, Pine Valley, Sand Hills, Sperone, Royal Birkdale, Morfontaine, Fancourt, Royal Melbourne, Barnbougle, Cabo del Sol, Kauri Cliffs, Mission Hills, Hirono and, of course, the new Trump course in Aberdeen. Not that I'm picky at all!

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