Heavily reliant on tourism, it is no coincidence that Turkey has become the golfing destination it is today. The quality of its resorts, hotels, golf courses and all inclusive deals have proved invaluable in attracting golfers and holiday goers from all over.
It began in the early 90s, when a growing number of affluent Turkish residents moved to the outskirts of Istanbul so that they could enjoy the peaceful greenery and easily commute to work.
Naturally, this led to an increase in leisure facilities and a chance to promote a new sport to the people of Turkey. And why not golf considering its success in Dubai eh? The country’s first professional golf course was founded in Istanbul in 1994 (Note – Turkey’s only surviving non-professional golf course before this was actually opened in 1895!) and was shortly followed by National Golf Club in Belek – soon to become the hub of Turkish golf.
The success of these courses ultimately resulted in the establishment of the Turkish Golf Federation in 1996. And the rest is history… Since then, Turkey (and more specifically Belek) has established itself as a premier golf destination, with more and more courses being introduced to keep up with the demands of Turkey’s growing tourism sector, all with a prime focus on All Inclusive golf!