Cornelia (Prince) - Turkey

Cornelia De Luxe Resort,
Ileribasi Mevkii,
Belek,
Antalya,
Turkey


  • +90 (0) 242 710 1600

  • Mitat Batir

  • Nick Faldo

  • Marc Duncan


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Nick Faldo called this: "an exceptional piece of land" and who can argue? Faldo Design has created an instant hit with holes routed through the pine-clad and naturally sandy area in Belek, southwest Turkey. The Cornelia Golf Resort is set to become very popular with locals and visitors alike. Construction of the Faldo designed Cornelia golf course began in early 2006 and, nine months later the first 18 holes opened for play. We think this may represent a world record for "beginning to end" golf course construction.

You may be forgiven for thinking a course built so quickly might look rough and unfinished. Well, having played the course some six months after it opened, we can assure you that the Cornelia is magnificent. It looks mature, lush and already has the ‘wow’ factor.

The sumptuous clubhouse waits with its open-plan style easing you through the reception, golf shop, restaurant and bar to the terrace. Thoughtful warm-up facilities – an obvious Faldo influence – and a team of David Leadbetter trained instructors are on-hand to help all standards prepare for golf on what will be a memorable round.

The opening hole on the ‘Tiberius’ nine is fairly gentle but the 2nd hole, named ‘Corridor’, is just that, a par five through an avenue of trees doglegging twice from left to right. Another great hole is the 7th, ‘Faldo’s Choice’, which is the drivable par four but watch out for the tall trees that protect the green. These will quite happily divert even a well-struck tee shot.

Continuing the Roman theme, the second nine is called ‘Sempronia’, which again contains a collection of stunning holes and one of the best must be the 13th, named ‘Deception’. It’s a lovely par four that turns right at the elbow of a dogleg leaving a tough approach to the well-bunkered green.

A third nine – called ‘Gaius’ – opened in June 2007, and this is perhaps the best of the three nine-hole loops. Combine Gaius with Tiberius and you have an 18-hole course known as The Prince and we believe this is the premier combination.

One of the best new clubs in Europe has further improved and we are convinced that the Cornelia will continue to receive many more accolades.

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Description: According to Nick Faldo, Cornelia is routed over "an exceptional piece of land" and who can argue? It's an instant hit with holes routed through pines and across naturally sandy ground. Rating: 4.7 out of 6 Reviews: 16

A really fun course to play from the black tees - lots of challenging holes with a good mix of water, trees and shaping fairways. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Belek

6 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
August 27, 2018


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Cornelia was the last of nine courses that I visited on my recent golfing tour of the Belek region and it was the one that (pleasantly) surprised me most of all with the general naturalness of the layout, apart from one or two water-laden holes on the second nine of the Prince’s 18-hole layout.

I knew it was ranked as one of the Top 100 courses in Continental Europe, it had co-hosted the Eisenhower Trophy world amateur team championships for men in 2012, and it was a Nick Faldo design, so I really should have expected to find a top track when I entered the front gates.

What I wasn’t ready for was the maturity of a course that’s not quite a decade old yet. I also didn’t think I’d see such heavily contoured terrain used to great effect, with greens perched on top of little ridges and fairways bleeding seamlessly into the surrounding vegetation.

Cornelia (Prince) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

With umbrella pines flanking most holes, it can get a little tight in places – which is no bad thing because it keeps big hitters on the teebox in their place, perhaps even getting one or two people to think about using a club other than driver on some of the holes.

The two par threes on holes 1-9 are wonderful short holes, requiring forced carries across small gullies to raised greens, but the best holes for me were the par fours at the 4th and 7th, where the first doglegs right and up to a semi-blind green and the second narrows off the tee before veering right and down to the green.

I thought holes 10-18 formed the better back nine, with the short par three 12th – pictured – an exceptional short hole (despite the unsightly floodlights of Gloria’s sports stadium behind the hole) and the uphill par four 15th beautifully framed by majestic pine trees.

For me, holes 19-27 rely too much on water to dictate the strategic test on the inward half, and this nine culminates rather disappointingly in a home hole that sports a massive water fountain in the centre of a lake flanking the left side of the fairway.

Still, if you arrive early enough, there’s nothing to stop you playing all three loops in whatever order you like then making your own mind up about which two combine best as an 18-hole layout. We might not agree about which two nines are best but we’ll surely be similarly minded about the overall quality of a very stylish golf complex.

Jim McCann

5 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
February 12, 2017


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This course could be amazing if they were efficient in the clubhouse and the fairways and greens were cut properly. The design is great but the finish is very poor. For 125 euros it is a great deal for the owner who pays his employees in a depreciating Turkish lira, but a rip off for anybody with a handicap below 20.
2 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
October 27, 2015


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A fantastic challenging golf course. I would rank this course even higher up the top 100 list. A group of us played this course twice and the Carya twice in September 2013. What a great golfing experience! Having had golfing holidays in Portugal, Spain , and Tunisia, this was one of the best yet. The Cornelia course is beautiful, and designed to challenge all levels of golfer. If you only get pleasure from booming your driver and playing to your handicap then this is not the course for you. The course requires good course management and less use of the driver than usual. Many of the fairways are tight and have extreme slopes that kick your ball into trouble, so you need to keep the ball near the centre of fairway. I played well over my handicap both times I played the course, but I still thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Some of the group preferred the Carya which is more forgiving, but this was my favourite. I look forward to playing it again. A great golfing experience and I would highly recommend you play this course.
6 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
September 29, 2013


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I played here last year with a group of friends and hated it then but thought I would give it another go as a few of them wanted to play there again. Well after this year, everyone disliked it. How it is so highly rated is beyond me. I notice a few comments from other reviewers that rang very true to us. If you hit the ball a long way, leave the driver at home as you will constantly run out of fairway. All the fairways slope off to the sides so anything other than dead straight will end up in the rubbish. Shame really as it is beautiful but unplayable in my opinion (and the other 7 that played)
3 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
September 13, 2012


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This is a very good golf course but I fail to see how it rates so highly against Carya and Sultan. These two courses are in another league above. As a low handicap and long hitting player, the fairways are crowned and shots that seem to be straight down the middle seem to roll off into waste sand catchment areas and and you feel unfairly punished.
4 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
March 01, 2012


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I played Cornelia in March 2011 with my team-mates on a trip to Belek. The piece of land is awesome, really beautiful pine trees give the course a much more mature look than it actually is (opened in 2006). Designwise Faldo did a very good job, the course is demanding and the architecture fits well to the land. Especially the Par 3's are strikingly beautiful. Unfortunately the greens were a disappointment. They do not look bad, but as a previous review states: "concrete hard but tee box slow.." I couldn't have said it more suitable, very strange and of course this tempered our delight. (the Sultan course for example had perfect greens the same week) Usually I like to walk a golf course, but in Cornelia a buggy might be a good idea. However be careful with the staff, we only rented trolleys for the day, which some staff guys pushed rudely in front of our feet, while they were apparently swearing at us, impudent behaviour for no comprehensible reason, I just didn't understand that. Having said that, the course is too good to look back in anger. With better greens it should get 6 balls.
5 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
February 14, 2012


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Being a part of the golf travel industry gives me the chance of playing some great venues as part of my work and this is one of those times, as I Cornelia Golf Course - photo by reviewerdid a site visit for the Argentine Golf Association preparing some info for 2012 Word Amateur. I played the course last week with 3 swedish colleagues (one of them ex European Tour Player who scored 4 under 68) and I was impressed by the design, really challenging and creative, I really liked it. As I didn´t carry my own set, played it without driver and I believe this made me not being able to test it with my best abilities, but all the same it was a very fun round. Many doglegs, some blind shots, a lot of hazards and very ondulated greens together with high temperatures and humidity will really test world´s top amateurs next year. A great Faldo creation, really worth the visit.
6 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
November 22, 2011


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I played this course 3 times in October, 2011. I failed to understand why this course is rated that good. Design is average, fairways'quality is good, but the greens were terrible (way worse than at Carya, National or Montgomerie): they were very slow (don't think they were rolling any faster than 4-5 on stimpmeter), speed of the greens was very different on front 9 and back 9.
3 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
October 31, 2011


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I played 7 golf courses in Turkey during the summer of 2010. Cornelia had the highest expectations given the number 1 rating in Turkey and high European rating. And I can see why. No expense spared, fantastic clubhouse etc. I have played two modern Faldo designs (this and Algarve) and, well, he likes to trick them up! I was well over my handicap, this is one tough course. It is certainly no resort course for feel good factor. A word of warning: buggies cost extra, and the layout of the design really does not allow for walking (we did). A buggy is a must. I rank it course number 3 in the region behind The Sultan and Lykia Links.
5 / 6
Cornelia (Prince)
December 02, 2010


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James
May 30, 2011
I would have to agree, and with all the doglegs, the Faldo, Lykia and Pines you will definitely want a buggy : But of the 7 you still have 7 more to enjoy yourself on, and with 2 more courses just around the corner!!