Although much shorter than the adjoining Sultan layout, the Pasha lacks nothing when it comes to interesting course design. Factor in the undulating, flawless greens plus numerous water hazards and you're left with a fun course that is enjoyable for all abilities.
Perhaps the main difference between the two courses is the cluster of short par-3's and 4's on the Pasha but as well as offering good scoring opportunities three of these holes were amongst my favourites. Accuracy from the tee is the key to success at the 300 yard 4th as the hole bends right to a wickedly sloping green located in a wooded dell. Anything played to the right side of the fairway will leave a blind approach, further hindered by a large pine tree. The 11th, "Take a chance", was another favourite which tempts the longer hitter to attack a sloping green jealously guarded by a ring of bunkers and a lake running along the left side of the fairway. Less than 300 yards in length maybe but the anticipated birdies failed to materialize.
My pick from the collection of relatively short par-3's comes at the 5th which plays over water to an attractive two-tier green but overall I slightly prefer the back nine which manages to retain a nice balance of genuine birdie opportunities and strategic longer holes. The 13th "Dilemma", a lovely risk and reward par-5 and the 15th "Deception", a difficult long par-4 with water running the full length of the hole are particularly memorable. Afterwards it didn't surprise me to hear that some mid to high handicappers actually preferred the Pasha as the examination on the Sultan can be quite daunting for some. Another good reason to give Belek a try if you haven't already done so. Brian W
Date: May 09, 2018