The Carya Golf Club is Europe’s first and only golf course offering night golf. It is part of the amazingly surreal and insanely awesome Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Belek, Turkey which is about a 30 minute drive from the Turkish city Antalya.
As previously mentioned on here, I had booked in a golf holiday in Belek and the Carya Golf Club was on our agenda of courses to be hacked up. Given that we were staying on the resort, we booked in 5 rounds at the Carya Golf Club from the 11 rounds we were scheduled to play. Two of the 5 rounds were night rounds.
The course is very well laid out and very manicured. It is an all round test with some easy scoring holes and some very testing holes. I particularly struggled with the Par 5s especially the Par 5 ninth hole – stoke 4. A tight fair way with pine trees all the way up the right and water all the way up the left meant that if you didn’t get a good drive away, you were in trouble. The super long Par 5 sixth hole was also a good test – it plays as the second hardest hole on the course.
The Par 3s are relatively short but don’t play level making club selection a bit tricky when you factor in the elevation changes. Playing at night was a little bit tougher especially on the greens. We had struggled with reading the greens during the day and at night it was near on impossible. On the subject of greens, they were way too slow – this would be my only criticism of the course (and maybe that it plays a bit short). The next Turkish Open will be played at the Carya Golf Club and if they don’t speed up the greens, the Tour Players (especially the long ones) are going to put in some really low rounds.
The clubhouse is impressive but not on the level of any of the courses we played in Dubai with the locker room being fairly basic. What did stand out was the food served up in the club house! Everything we ate there (barring the pizza) was excellent. The service by staff, particularly Hasan at the Golf Reception, was phenomenal (however be weary of handing in your shoes for a clean, a simple tip will not suffice as there is a firm €5 charge per pair). All told, it is an amazing course which is in very good condition, it is very postcard pretty – a little work on the greens and they’ll have a real winner of a course.
Our rounds were booked as part of our package through Golf Escapes so I don’t know exactly what the rounds at Carya Golf Club cost us and their super cool website doesn’t have their green fees, so unfortunately I can’t help with green fees. Golf buggies/carts cost €35 for a round and are fitted with a (slightly buggy) GPS unit.
Black Tees: 6,302 meters/6,891 yards
White Tees: 5,872 meters/6,421 yards
Yellow Tees: 5,564 meters/6,084 yards
Red Tees: 4,721 meters/4,316 yards
Front nine: Two x Par5s, Two x Par 3s, 5 x Par 4s
Back nine: One x Par 5, Two x Par 3s, 6 x Par 4s