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Best golf courses in Turkey

Luxury hotels and no less than 300 days of sunshine each year, Turkey is a great golf break destination...why not check out our top nine courses in this golfing hot spot?

Bradley Legg
Bradley Legg 6 mins read

In just 20 years Turkey's Belek has gone from a golfing backwater to a bonafide big-hitter of the European game, thanks largely to its combination of superb courses, five-star all-inclusive accommodation and no less than 300 days of sunshine every year.

We are often asked by our customers, what are the best golf courses in Turkey? Here’s a list of some of the top golf courses on the beloved golf coast…

Carya Golf Club

The handiwork of five-time Open champion Peter Thomson, multiple Turkish Airlines Open host, Carya draws its inspiration from the classic heathland layouts of the Surrey/Berkshire sandbelt. More than a million sprigs of heather were imported in order to create a wonderfully scenic course that weaves through the pine forests. Special mention of the greens is deserved too – these are some of the finest you’ll ever putt on!

Carya Golf Club

Cornelia Golf Club, Faldo King Course

With three loops of nine designed by six-time Major winner Sir Nick Faldo presenting very different challenges - there’s plenty of great golf to be found among the pine forests and sandy ridges of Cornelia. Featuring tricky doglegs and shimmering lakes, the course is a strategic masterpiece that is highly rated in the golfing jewel of Belek. Just to keep your game in tip-top condition, the practice facilities are equally superb.

Faldo Course, Cornelia Golf Club

Lykia Links Golf Club

The only links-style course in the area, Lykia is a stunning seaside layout on the very edge of the Mediterranean. and part of the Lykia World Antalya resort. Running along a two-mile stretch of golden sand, the course boasts some amazing sea views. But don’t be distracted – with sleepered bunkers and plenty of contours, this Perry Dye (son of the great Pete Dye) course is a wonderful addition to the region.

Lykia Links Golf Course

Gloria Golf Club, Old Course

Opened in 1997, Gloria Old Course is one of the oldest in Belek – it’s also still one of the very best. Plotting your way around is like negotiating a golfing minefield, with sand and water hazards lying in wait to put a big dent in your scorecard. A second 18-hole layout New Course was added in 2005 and is famed for its island green 17th that is reminiscent of TPC Sawgrass. A nine-hole practice course completes the set.

Old Course, Gloria Golf Club

Sueno Golf Club, Pines Course

With two outstanding courses onsite, it’s little wonder that the Sueno resort is one of the most popular. The Pines probably edges the shorter Dunes course but in truth, both courses play through the same wonderful landscape of sand and pine, with a few sizeable water hazards thrown in for good measure. Both courses feature island green holes that will certainly live long in the memory.

Pines Course, Sueno Golf Club

Montgomerie Course, MAXX Royal Resort

Venue for the European Tour’s prestigious Turkish Airlines Open in 2013, 14 and 15, the Montgomerie course at the 5* MAXX Royal resort features some very special holes that have certainly impressed both professionals and amateurs alike. Made up, unusually, of six par-3s, six-par-4s and six par-5s, the course is immaculate, challenging and very playable with myriad water hazards and expanses of sandy wasteland to negotiate.

Montgomerie Course, MAXX Royal Resort

National Golf Club

The original Belek course, and still the standard by which all others are judged. The National is a wonderfully quiet and tranquil place, with the course winding through a stunning forest of eucalyptus and pine trees. It’s not easy, with narrow fairways and loads of water to be avoided, but it’s a wonderful challenge that is best capped by a lovely lunch on the terrace overlooking the 18th.

National Golf Club

Antalya Golf Club, PGA Sultan Course

It might be the younger of two excellent courses at Antalya, part of the Sirene Belek Hotel, but when it comes to the severity of challenge the PGA Sultan is undoubtedly the senior partner. It also has a genuine knee-knocker of an opening tee shot - right up there with Machrihanish - with water in front of the tee, trees on the left side of the fairway and water all down the right.

PGA Sultan Course, Antalya Golf Club

Antalya Golf Club, Pasha Course

The Pasha is shorter and a little more forgiving than its bigger brother, but as they say at Antalya, “it is no walk in to the woods”. Both courses are great fun to play, with a wonderful variety of holes, difficult bunkering position and a natural feel throughout.

Pasha Course, Antalya Golf Club

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