Course Review: Antalya Golf Club

30 May

The Antalya Golf Club features two Parkland 18 hole golf courses – The Sultan and The Pasha. I played both of these on my recent golf holiday in Belek. The Sultan course being the course that played host to the Turkish World Golf Final where the great Tiger Woods teed it up alongside Rory McIlory and Justin Rose with Rose eventually walking away the victor.

You know you’re a a decent course when you’re practicing your putting on the same green Tiger practiced on a few years earlier! I expected to see some remnants of Tiger’s visits (and of the other pros) in the locker room but the locker room and club house was very basic…very, very basic! In comparison to the other courses I played in Belek, the warm up area and general check-in process and facilities at the Antalya Golf Club is lacking.

We played the Pasha Course first and found it a very forgiving course. The fairways were wide and an errant tee shot wasn’t badly punished. They were in very good condition as were the greens however the greens were painfully slow. They were so slow, that we found that you actually had to “hit” some putts as opposed to stroking them. There are a few water hazards on the course but they don’t really interfere with play. The course is also not very long, we played the course from the White tees and still found it a bit short.

Antalya Golf Club - The Pasha

We played the Sultan Course a day after playing the Pasha Course and the difference between the two courses is immediately noticeable. The Sultan Course is far more manicured and the fairways and greens are also in much better condition. The course also poses a bigger challenge with water hazards coming into play far more than on the Pasha Course. Hole number 12 was a bit weird in that you could play it as either a Par 4 or a Par 5 with a stroke rating of 2. We played it as a Par 4 as it definitely wasn’t a Stoke 2 Par 5.

Antalya Golf Club - The Sultan

We throughly enjoyed the golf on both golf course at the Antalya Golf Club although I think the Pasha course flatters a bit – a good round there may not be a true reflection of your game. The Sultan Course is definitely more challenging and far more enjoyable.

Antalya Golf Club - The Sultan Scorecard

Antalya Golf Club - The Pasha Scorecard

We played both courses as part of a package so I don’t the exact green fees and their basic website doesn’t offer much information. Buggys/Carts cost €35 per round (No GPS). While we were there they had an offer going on where you were allowed to play the same course again on the same day for just €25 which I suppose is a good deal if you want to play 36 holes. I would advise you to play the Sultan over the Pasha.

The Pasha
Par 72
White Tees: 5,731 meters/6,267 yards
Gold Tees: 5,360 meters/5,861 yards
Red Tees: 4,911 meters/5,370 yards
Blue Tees: 4,326 meters/4,730 yards
Front Nine: Two Par 5s, Three Par 3s, Four Par 4s
Back Nine: Two Par 5s, One Par 3, 6 Par 4s

The PGA Sultan
Par 71/72
Black Tees: 6,477 meters/7,083 yards
Gold Tees: 5,958 meters/6,515 yards
White Tees: 5,575 meters/6,096 yards
Red Tees: 5003 meters/5,471 yards
Front Nine: Two Par 5s, Three Par 3s, Four Par 4s
Back Nine: One Par 5/Two Par 5s, One Par 3, 7Par 4s/6 Par 4s