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Turkey is where Europe meets the Middle East. It has a long and fascinating heritage dating back some 10,000 years and spanning thirteen successive civilisations. The country was very much facing East until Atatürk almost single-handedly turned it around to face the west.

There’s more to Turkey than kebabs, carpets and coffee, Turkey is more about mystery, mosques and the Mediterranean. Ok, so Turkey has a lengthy Black Sea coastline as well - as long Mediterranean one - but, for the moment, the best Turkish seaside golf is totally focused on the Antalya region or, more specifically, on Belek.

Despite Turkey’s long history, the Turkish Golf Federation has only been in existence since 1996 and there are around 20 golf clubs across this lovely country serving about seven thousand affiliated club members. Quantity does not with it bring quality and we can say with absolute confidence that there is some truly magical golf to be played in Turkey, perhaps some of the finest golf on the Mediterranean. We just hope that the standard remains high.

The Turkish Golf Federation wanted to create 100 new courses in four years. Their ambitious plan failed, in no small part due to the Global Economic Crisis, but a few spectacular new golf courses have opened in recent years and one receiving many accolades is Perry Dye’s Lykia Links.

Our rankings of the Top 15 Golf Courses in Turkey were last updated in January 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Turkey

Carya

1st Turkey Ranking

Thomson Perrett & Lobb, the golf course architecture company founded by five-time Open Champion and Australian golf legend Peter Thomson, designed the course at Carya Golf Club.

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Description: Thomson Perrett & Lobb, the golf course architecture company founded by five-time Open Champion and Australian golf legend Peter Thomson, designed the course at Carya Golf Club. Rating: 5.2 out of 6

Cornelia (Prince)

2nd Turkey Ranking

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.

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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

Lykia Links

3rd Turkey Ranking

The Links course lies within the sprawling Lykia Estate in Turkey’s Antalya region and it’s yet another in a line of fabulous 18-hole layouts to emerge from the Belek tourist area...

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Description: The Links course lies within the sprawling Lykia Estate in Turkey’s Antalya region and it’s yet another in a line of fabulous 18-hole layouts to emerge from the Belek tourist area... Rating: 5.2 out of 6

Antalya (PGA Sultan)

4th Turkey Ranking

Carved through a forest of eucalyptus and pine, the PGA Sultan course is one of Europe’s best new courses and it’s attached to one of Turkey’s finest resorts.

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Description: Carved through a forest of eucalyptus and pine, the PGA Sultan course is one of Europe’s best new courses and it’s attached to one of Turkey’s finest resorts. Rating: 5.5 out of 6

Sueno (Pines)

5th Turkey Ranking

The Pines course at Sueno Golf Club is an excellent addition to Turkey’s burgeoning portfolio of top-notch golf courses and it has elevated the Belek region to a new level.

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Description: The Pines course at Sueno Golf Club is an excellent addition to Turkey’s burgeoning portfolio of top-notch golf courses and it has elevated the Belek region to a new level. Rating: 4.6 out of 6

National Antalya (Irmak & Tuna)

6th Turkey Ranking

The National Golf Club Antalya is a bit special even though it’s relatively new. This truly magnificent course is routed thoughtfully across gently rolling terrain and through mature pine and eucalyptus trees.

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Description: The National Golf Club Antalya is a bit special even though it’s relatively new. This truly magnificent course is routed thoughtfully across gently rolling terrain and through mature pine and eucalyptus trees. Rating: 4.8 out of 6

Montgomerie Maxx Royal

7th Turkey Ranking

The Montgomerie Maxx Royal (formerly known as the Papillon Golf Club) is the third EGD project in the Belek area with Colin Montgomerie marketed as the course’s attention-grabbing headline designer.

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Description: The Montgomerie Maxx Royal (formerly known as the Papillon Golf Club) is the third EGD project in the Belek area with Colin Montgomerie marketed as the course’s attention-grabbing headline designer. Rating: 4.4 out of 6

Antalya (Pasha)

8th Turkey Ranking

The Pasha course winds its way through the pine forest and complements the Sultan beautifully.

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Description: The Pasha course winds its way through the pine forest and complements the Sultan beautifully. Rating: 4.2 out of 6

Gloria (Old)

9th Turkey Ranking

The Old course is one of the eldest Turkish golf courses and has become a true favourite for thousands of travelling golfers.

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Description: The Old course is one of the eldest Turkish golf courses and has become a true favourite for thousands of travelling golfers. Rating: 4.1 out of 6

Gloria (New)

10th Turkey Ranking

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.

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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