Best Golf Courses in Turkey
Montgomerie Maxx Royal
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal opened for play in 2008 and has become one of the main reasons to visit and play golf in Belek.
One massive selling point, other than some of the best golf on offer in Belek, is that Maxx Royal is an all-inclusive golf resort.
Lunch before your round, drinks cart while playing, and even dinner post-round is all included in your green fee! Add to that the back nine being floodlit so you can also tee off later in the day and have the morning at your leisure. These factors make the Montgomerie Maxx one of Europe’s most exceptional golf facilities and pro shop.
The course features some outstanding holes of golf, designed over a magnificent natural landscape with undulating fairways and plenty of strategic golf layouts and water features. This Par 72 is a great design of six par 3’s, six par 4’s and six par 5’s.
The finishing holes are three of the best holes in Belek; with a Par 3, Par 4 and a Par 5 18th to finish off a great round of golf. Matches are won and lost on the last three holes of the Montgomerie Course. One of the best golf courses in Turkey.
Carya Golf Course
This five-time European Tour championship golf course is the very best in the area, ranked 40th in continental Europe and designed by Australian Golf legend Peter Thomson. Thompson wanted to recreate the famous heathland layouts he played as a professional and took inspiration from Sunningdale, Wentworth, and Swinley Forest.
Carya golf club is a fully floodlit golf course and is one of the best courses in Belek to play later in the day. Each hole has a wide variety of challenges, and the layout of the course is quirky in places but a genuinely fantastic design. Teeing off from the villa roof tee box on the 16th hole is incredible; however, many golfers have seen sliced shots end up in swimming pools which are out of bounds.
The course is often described as one of the best in Belek by our customers with immaculately manicured fairways, pure and true greens and overall is a fantastic experience for anyone looking to play golf in Belek.
A unique golf course close to Belek, Lykia Links is around 25 minutes away from the central hub of Belek and is an absolute gem!
It is just so different from the rest of the courses in the region. Designed by Perry Dye, Son of the legend that is Pete Dye has created some stunning golf courses over Europe including one of my favourites in the Costa del Sol, San Roque Old course.
Lykia plays just like a true links course, as it’s firm and fast and although you could well be intimidated by the length of this course you do have to consider that the ball does fly here. The one difference to the best links courses in Scotland and Ireland is that you can hold the ball quite easy on the greens at Lykia.
The best and most scenic holes are on the stretch of the 13th – 16th Holes where you play between the natural dunes and each hole plays alongside the Mediterranean sea.
The Par 5 13th is considered the most stringent test on the course and is a lengthy Par 5 where the wind can catch out even the best of golfers.
No trip to Belek is complete without a round on Lykia Links.
The Pines Course is the course in which many would consider the Championship layout within the ever-impressive Sueno golf hotels.
The sister course Sueno Dunes is by no means a slouch of a course and although more resort-style of golf, compliments Sueno Pines perfectly.
The Pines course is located only a few hundred yards from the Mediterranean sea but plays through the number of umbrella pines and eucalyptus trees; and natural sandy terrain of the Belek coastline. There are several blind and intimidatingly tight tee shots required with precision, but also the length is necessary to score well on the Pines course.
The opening Par 5 “The Big Easy” is an excellent start to your round that almost gives you the illusion that this is going to be an easy scoring round. Do not be taken by this illusion, and your round is going to require a full bag of golf shots to make it to the stunning terrace after the 18th hole with a good score made.
The 18th hole (Mirage) is a real signature hole in Belek with an almost daunting tee shot to this dogleg right hole, The second shot once you have navigated a safe landing avoiding the four expertly placed bunkers creates a real “Tin Cup” finish. The 18th green is an almost Island like finish where avoiding the water is the key to securing a victory in your match.
The Pines course may be relatively new in Belek but is an outstanding addition to the best golfing Turkey has to offer.
Situated in Belek, the PGA Sultan course is one of the very best golf courses in Turkey, Located next door to the Pasha golf course, and Sultan is a course that already has an excellent pedigree. Designed by David Jones and European Golf Design, The PGA Sultan Course has had its share of golfing royalty grace its lush fairways.
Most Notably Justin Rose who shot a 65 on the final day of the World Golf Final 2012 beating fellow countryman Lee Westwood by one stroke and taking home a purse of 1.5 million dollars. Even Tiger Woods has played at PGA Sultan.
The 9th hole (The Choice) is a classic risk and reward hole where if you are brave enough to hug the left-hand side of the fairway and avoid the water hazard running up the left-hand side then you should have the more natural 2nd shot. Those not so brave and keep to the right will find themselves having an extra two clubs to get to this tricky green.
The 18th hole (Looking Back) is a great way to finish a round on this excellent golf course. The fairways on PGA Sultan are lush, and the bunker placement does make you think on each tee box. We are confident that the European Tour will be back at PGA Sultan shortly, therefore, its worth bearing this in mind when you book your next golf trip. When in Belek on your next golf break, PGA Sultan is one to play.
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Lastly, there are many other golf courses to play including the Antalya Golf Club plus many others.