Golfing legend Tiger Woods marked the start of the Turkish Open 2013 by hitting golf balls on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge on 5th November, putting Turkey and its golf resorts firmly in the global spotlight.
After spending the morning of 5th November in Istanbul attending publicity engagements ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open in Belek, from 7th to 10th November, Tiger hit a few drives off the bridge that joins Europe to Asia, bringing traffic on the bridge to a standstill.
The first Turkish Open, with a bumper prize fund of $7million, will take place at the prestigious Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek, an international golf resort near the city and airport of Antalya on Turkey’s sunny southern coast. Montgomerie Maxx Royal was designed by its namesake, Ryder Cup legend and 2010 European Team Captain Colin Montgomerie, in association with European Golf Design.
In October 2012 the Antalya Club in Belek hosted the first Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, an elite event won by the UK’s Justin Rose, while The Ladies European Tour is also played at the National course there. Further courses in Belek can be found at the Cornelia Faldo Club, the Gloria Club, the heathland Carya Club, the Sueno Club, set amongst pines and dunes, the Kaya Eagles Club, the Tatgolf club and on the eastern edge of Belek, the Robinson Nobilis Club.
Belek was named ‘Europe’s Best Golf Destination’ at the Golf Magazine Awards earlier this year. Hosting its first Open will be a boost to Belek and as the resort becomes more prominent on the global golf stage, property there and in neighbouring areas is becoming more sought-after. While the centre of Belek has a selection of apartments and villas with easy access to the dozen or so golf courses, the pretty resort of Side, popular with British families and mature buyers, is also only 20 minutes away.
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