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Metin Kutusu: Antalya GC-Leading Golf in Turkey

Golf - The First Golf Newspaper in Turkey - Dec 2002

As the course "Pasha" of Antalya Golf Club has opened in Belek, Antalya, Belek has reached a number of five courses. And the club number of courses in Turkey has become eight. Antalya Golf Club's Sultan Course will be available in September 2003 after the Pasha Course. The Pasha is 72 pars and 5731 m. and The Sultan is 72 pars and 6401m.

Both courses were designed by European Golf Design of Sunningdale, England. Jointly owned by the worlds foremost sports management group IMG and the PGA European Tour, European Golf Design are now recognised as one of the worlds leading golf course design companies. Working closely with design consultant and Senior Tour Professional David Jones, their brief for Antalya Golf Club was to create two courses; one course should provide a challenging yet enjoyable test for golfers of all standards while the other should present a tough and uncompromising test of golfing skill. The result was The Sultan and The Pasha. Antalya Golf Club is undoubtedly one of the most exciting new golf projects being undertaken in Europe today.

With two courses of unrivalled quality, Antalya Golf Club has a Golf School equipped with the very latest and most technologically advanced training aides available today, excellent clubhouse facilities and luxurious accommodation at The Sirene Golf Hotel right next to the courses. In the pros shop golfers can find a wide array of accessories including a large range of ladies and men Ashworth golf apparel-one of the worlds leading brands. A fleet of electric golf buggies, pull trolleys or electric trolleys are available for hire, and there are two restaurants and a terrace bar in the club building. The Golf School managed by PGA Head Professional John Dent offers comprehensive tuition and 3 day game improvement courses and utilises the latest swing analysis technology on a facility that includes dedicated chipping, bunker and putting greens, a hanging lie practice hill, 14 covered and 16 open bays, a large grass teeing area and a driving range 290 metres long.

Golf course construction was completed by Naki Evrandir of GOLF MED yapi ve Turizm San.Tic.Ltd.Sti.

The management team of Antalya Golf Club is; Angus Mackenzie - Golf Director, Metin Ozata - General Manager, John Dent - Head Professional and Ahmet Cagil - Course Manager.
Metin Kutusu: Turkish Delight

Article by Martin Dempster, Bunkered – Issue 88.

We visit Colin Montgomerie's latest championship course design.

Turkey is the up-and-coming golf destination in Europe and it sever increasing list of excellent courses now includes Colin Montgomerie’s first Mediterranean design, the Montgomerie Papillon Golf Club.

Located in the Belek region, 30km to the east of Antalya on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, Monty’s course has been built in an area chosen for its outstanding beauty and designated for golf course construction by Turkey’s Ministry of Tourism.

More than a dozen other courses have been built in the area over the past few years and, according to local sources, there are a few more to come as well. That is creating lots of competition but The Montgomerie, which the eight-time European No. 1 created in association with European Golf Design is being tipped to become one of Turkey’s top courses.

It is set within a picturesque pine forest and creates a feeling of being at Blairgowrie or Sunningdale – two of the top inland golf venues in the UK. Southern Turkey, of course, offers better weather than Perthshire or Surrey for most of the year and it’s not surprise that more and more British golfers are heading for the Belek region during the winter months in particular.

Many will be keen to sample The Montgomerie in months and years to come and the likelihood is that they won’t be disappointed.

First and foremost, the Scot and his team have created a course that is playable from start to finish, Sure, there is trouble in the shape of water and trees and bushes. But the rough certainly isn’t knee deep and, even if you do miss a fairway, you are more than likely to find your ball. “You want people to enjoy the facility and come back,” says Monty.

The course has a par of 72 and, off the back tees, measure more than 7,000 yards. There are three other sets of tees on each hole, though, and these help make the challenges set by Monty a bit easier.

The front nine in particular sees a fair bit of water come into play, Indeed, you have to avoid trying to get wet, so to speak, at five holes in a row. That run starts at the par 5 fourth, a classic risk-and-reward hole, while the fifth is a par 3 where a long, accurate tee shot is required to carry a menacing-looking lake.

Another cracking short hole, the eight has a stream that crosses the front of the green and then snakes up its right-hand-side while the green there has a ridge on it that can leave you facing an Augusta like putt depending on where the hole is cut.

After a relaxing stroll through the villas, you will need to hit an accurate drive up the night as the approach to a green guarded by water at the front and bunkers at the back is fraught with danger.

On the back nine, you’ll have to decide where to go left or right of three towering tress that stand in the middle of the 13th fairway, while make sure you take plenty of club to get over the water at the par 3 14th.

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that many of the holes are made for anyone who fades the ball like Monty, but a slight draw is definitely the more favourable play at the last a par 5 where good concentration is required to give yourself a chance of that sweet, closing birdie.

“This is the first course I have designed that borders the Med and I am delighted with it” Monty told Bunkered at the official opening. “Turkey is becoming very much the new Algarve or Costa del Sol, so to speak, and I am pleased with what we have created here. Our goal was to have a look at other course in the Belek region and make sue that ours was better. It’s not just the course e are talking about here – it is the whole serve at the club. And the feedback I’ve received about the course and service has been very good so far”

With a golf academy already in place and a nine-hole course also in the pipeline, it’s easy to see why Monty and the owners have such high hopes for The Montgomerie Papillon Golf Club.

Feb 4, 2009