Was lucky enough to play in the Turkish Airlines ProAm here, so was expecting to see the course in absolutely perfect condition. Sadly that wasn't the case, after heavy rain the week before, the greens started chewing up and the fairways were very scabby (resulting in preferred lies) during tournament play. Away from the condition of the course, the actually layout and whole facility is absolutely fantastic. Clubhouse and practice facilities world class, and a magnificent golf course weaving through tall pines, a number of huge water hazards, wasteland and on sight villas. It really is a fantastic place to play. The course gets off to a gentle start with a pretty straight forward par 5. When you get to the 4th that's when the challenge begins to start, a cracking par 5 over water followed by another brilliant par 3 over a huge lake. The stretch of holes 4-9 are very strong, and a challenge where your round can go either very bad or very good if your not careful. Par 3 8th is a very good hole until you get onto the green, where there is a huge mound in the middle of the green that can throw the ball off in every direction. The greens are extremely undulating but they've gone too far with this green. On the back 9 there's a lot less water but a lot more strategically placed bunkers/ and trees. The trees in the middle of the fairway on 13 are a bit silly on what is apart from that a very good par 5. The same can be said for the driveable par 4 15th. A huge oak tees surround by bushes guards the front of the greens so if your tee shot isn't placed correctly, you can have no shot from 50 yards off the greens. Plenty of balls have for stuck up that tree over the years. My favourite hole on the back 9 was the 18th. A spectacular par 5 finishing hole, where you alot your tee shots through a narrow shoot in the pines leaving a 2nd shot to a raised green over a giant bunker with water lurking down the left and the magnificent clubhouse providing a memorable backdrop. All in all it was a sensational day on a fantastic golf course. The only shame been the condition being a little iffy, but the greens were the most undulating I've ever putt on and run very fast.
Date: November 04, 2015