Gloria (New) - Turkey

Gloria Golf Club,
Acisu Mevkii,
Belek,
Antalya,
Turkey


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  • David Clare

  • Michel Gayon

  • Onur Tanakinci


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The second ‘championship’ course at the luxurious Gloria Resort is called the New and, like the Old course, was also designed by Frenchman Michel Gayon. Opened in late 2005, this undulating tree-lined track is challenging yet fair and there are many unforgettable holes.

The par five 2nd has a wonderful undulating fairway and the 3rd is a great short hole, named ‘The Quarry’ where the tee shot is played over rocks to a green that is a lot wider than it is long. An average length par five comes at the end of the front nine, but with a lake all the way down the right of the fairway, the name ‘Watery Grave’ says it all.

There is belief that all golf courses have an obligation to have a cracking 17th hole (St Andrews, Wentworth, Sawgrass etc.) and the Gloria’s 17th on the New course is actually not dissimilar to the famous Sawgrass hole with its own island green, a little wind and a great trade in lake balls around the green. The water theme continues at the last hole and is similar to the 9th, where the same lake comes into play, this time down the left of the entire hole, providing a dramatic end that can ruin scorecards and turn matchplay games around.

At the turn of the new millennium, the Old course at the Gloria Resort hosted three PGA European Seniors Tour Turkish Opens but, when the event returned to Turkey in 2007 after a six-year absence, it was the New course that played host. This underlines the depth and quality of the Gloria Resort with both the Old and New courses capable of wearing the ‘big event’ tag.

With a further nine holes – named the Gloria Verde – set around another big lake in the midst of a pine forest and off-course facilities as good as anywhere in Europe, the Gloria Resort is high quality through and through.

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Description: Opened in late 2005, the New course at the Gloria Golf Resort is an undulating tree-lined layout that is challenging yet fair with many unforgettable holes. Rating: 3.8 out of 6 Reviews: 6

Having stayed a few days at the Serenity Resort during the recent PGAs of Europe Annual Congress, I was only too aware of the quality of Gloria’s off-course facilities. The 45-hole golf complex that accompanies the three attached resort hotels more than matches the excellent standard of the accommodation and I can fully understand why this place was ranked #5 in Golf World’s recent Top 100 Golf Resorts in Continental Europe chart.

The New course co-hosted (along with the Old course) the Espirito Santo Ladies World Amateur Team Championships in 2012 and the European Challenge Tour returns here for the third edition of the Turkish Airlines Challenge in April so this is a top track which is capable of testing the very best elite amateur and professional players of either sex.

Gloria (New) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

The first thing to impress was the conditioning, which is something I generally pay little attention to when visiting a course (especially during the winter off-season when it’s such a transient factor that can often detract from more serious review criteria) but in this case it was hard to ignore the immaculate state of the fairways, playing firm and fast only 24 hours after a couple of days of very heavy rain showers.

The rolling topography of the opening half dozen holes is very pleasing on the eye but the flatter holes from 7 to 10, along with the closing three holes on the inward half, are routed around a large body of water (complete with island green on the 17th) and this aquatic component lends itself to a rather predictable, formulaic finish to both nines: the 9th hole running along the left side of the lake and the 18th running down the right side of the same hazard.

I can see why professional players will like the New course because everything’s laid out in front of them, with no surprise elements to impede their progress around the layout and I’m sure casual golfers will enjoy the buggy ride around here on holiday, even if some of the tree-lined fairways, like the par five 4th, are a bit too tight. As a complete stay and play package, Gloria’s a formidable contender in a very competitive market.

Jim McCann

5 / 6
Gloria (New)
February 06, 2017


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1st course we played on the trip and I must say it was very impressive, the layout was fantastic. Carved through a forest, extremely tight in places, and great use of the land to create some fantastic holes, the Par 5 4th been a great example, teeing off from an elevated tee providing an exciting and great view of the hole.Gloria (New) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer Great use of doglegs, which made it a thinking course. You had to be in the right spots to make a score round here. My personal favourite hole was the 13th, a brutal Par 4 with a huge dogleg to the right. Run out of fairway and your in the lake, take too much of the corner off and you'll end up in the middle of the giant pines guarding the corner. The 2nd shot is to a semi island green, with water circling around the left, right and back of the green. 2 good hits to hit this green in 2. The stretch of holes from 13-18 are fantastic, an island green par 3 on 17 is a very nice hole followed by a par 5 finishing hole with water running all the way down the left of the hole. On what was a fantastic the layout the only downside was the greens, the condition of them was terrible, sandy, fluffy, and extremely slow. It came as a surprise which was a shame as the rest of the course was brilliant.
5 / 6
Gloria (New)
November 04, 2015


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Played Gloria New 11th May 2014. Track itself was good and interesting, but part way through the front nine with no warning the green keepers hollow tined four of the fairways during our round - Apart from the noise four of the holes were totally unplayable. Tried to discuss this with David Clare the course manager who was dismissive of the impact of their actions. As a result would never recommend this course or the old course that we played three days ago, and which was in very average condition due to high foot fall to anybody.
2 / 6
Gloria (New)
May 11, 2014


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Gloria (New) Golf Course - photo by reviewerI visited both New and Old during the same day, playing only the Old in the afternoon as part of a site visit due to 2012 World Amateur. I found this course pretty fair and playable, with better finishing holes in both half 9s than the Old Course and with wider fairways and easier greens. All the same the course is in great condition and I believe only a few ladies teams will be able to score low. The facility is great, a very complete proshop and the staff there is the best in Antalya together with Sueno Golf Club.
4 / 6
Gloria (New)
November 22, 2011


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Lovely set up - some very nice holes especially on the back 9, but the greens were awful when I played there October 2009. Over 200 green fees here every day so I would question whether the greens could ever be great? And with so many players, many of whom are of a very poor standard, the speed of play is DIRE, as I understand it is on several Belek courses. 5+ hour rounds. Shame.
3 / 6
Gloria (New)
November 02, 2009


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In comparison to the Old course at same resort, the New is easier and that is probably because there is more room off of the tee. Around five years newer also but is still a credit to the resort as a decent test. Plenty of par variation and it is as late as the 8th hole when there are two consecutive holes with the same par. Most golfers will be visiting from around Europe and I am sure all will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere at the Gloria golf courses. This is playing host to the European Seniors in May 2007 and I cannot wait to see how they tackle the course, especially the dramatic final holes, watch out as there may be a very busy drop-zone.
4 / 6
Gloria (New)
May 05, 2007


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Ivan
October 31, 2007
For an average golfer this course is just as good as it gets. It looks very similar to classic PGA tour style courses like TPC Sawgrass (remember 17th hole?) with its harsh bunkering and abundant water but at the same time it has wide welcoming fairways and when played from the right tees is overwhelmingly enjoyable. The course`s yardage is overall modest and the width of fairways and lack of rough gives you a great opportunity to hit the ball really hard and long. The slightly undulated fairways don`t diturb but add up to the overall beauty.I had pleasure to play at this course on 9th of MAy 2007 in a Pro-am whithin the framework of european seniors tour and found it fabulous. Accoding to our pro (Denis Durnian is by the way super great guy and very amicable)the only drawback are the greens being really slow.Other than that it was just fabulous.