Kusadasi International Golf Club is located between
the small town of Söke and the resort town of Kuşadası
on the Aegean coast, which is a port of call for luxury cruise liners during
the summer season.
It’s the first course in Turkey to be part of a residential development – those in the popular Belek region are constructed on leased land from the government so they were unable to include freehold property.
Designed by Spanish architect José Canales, the Kusadasi course overlooks the Dilek Peninsula-Büyük Menderes Delta National Park and the nearby Greek island of Samos, which is separated from the Turkish mainland by the narrow Mycale Strait.
Stretching to 6,322 metres from the back tees, the 18-hole course is set out on hilly terrain, with around 130 metres in elevation change across the property so the views of the surrounding mountain ranges and the Aegean Sea vistas are simply stunning.
Holes have been cut through small plantations of olive and carob trees, with the fairways routed around the contours of two adjacent ridges. A couple of lakes also come into play, between the 1st and the 9th fairways and to the left of the 4th.
Highlight holes include the 481-metre 4th (”Road Hole”), which runs alongside the entrance road to the property, and the 421-metre 14th (“Make Sure”), where the fairway doglegs slightly left to the green at this tough uphill par four.