The National Golf Club, which is now under management of the owners of the Carya Golf Club, is a 27 hole Parkland golf course in Belek, Turkey. The course consists of thee different 9 hole courses – The Irmak (Holes 1-9), The Tuna (Holes 10-18) and The Ada (19-27).
While on a golf holiday in Belek, my golf group and I played The Irmak and The Tuna. It’s a very interesting start at the National Golf Club. The first two holes are a Par 5 and a semi-island green Par 3, you would think it an easy start and it would be if you were playing from the Yellow or “Regular” tees but not so from the White/Medal or Black/Champ tees. The course wouldn’t be much of a challenge from the Yellow tees so if you are an 18 handicapper or better, you should play the course from the Black or “Medal” tees as the extra length makes the course more of a challenge (especially on those opening two holes)
It is a nicely laid out course calling for you to both draw and fade the ball off the tee box and there are one or two really easy holes (Hole 6 and Hole 10) and some very tough holes – that hole number 2, par 3 can be a bit of a b*st*rd when the pin is front right (close to the water).
Like most other courses in Belek, the fairways are in great shape and the greens well manicured but too slow. There is some water on the course that could send your Pro Vs to a watery grave but it is by no means a tough course. I was told that the course was purchased by the Ozturk Group and has been annexed to the nearby Regnum Carya Resort. This can only be a good thing for the course. I won’t be surprised if the 2016 Turkish Open, which is currently set to be played at the Carya Golf Club is moved to the National Golf Club – The National is far more a Championship course than the course at Carya Golf Club.
Due to a late night preceding our round, we barely made it in time to tee off so I didn’t get to check out their locker room, clubhouse or warm-up facilities. I also didn’t get a chance to do so after the round as we played it on a Friday morning and had to rush off for Friday prayers to a nearby Mosque.
It was an enjoyable round at the National Golf Club and if I ever find myself back in Belek, I will definitely take in a round or two at the National 🙂
Their website is fairly basic and doesn’t feature any pricing. I’m not sure what the cost for a round of golf would set you back as our golf was part of a larger package. We did have to pay for golf carts/buggies at €35 per cart/buggie per round (no GPS unit)
Black Tees: 3,295 meters/3,603 yards
White Tees: 3,021 meters/3,500 yards
Yellow Tees: 2,762 meters/2,775 yards
Red Tees: 2,538 meters/2,834 yards
Two Par 5s, Two Par 3s, Five Par 4s
Black Tees: 3,263 meters/3,568 yards
White Tees: 3,065 meters/3,351 yards
Yellow Tees: 2,849 meters/3,115 yards
Red Tees: 2,582 meters/2,823 yards
Three Par 5s, Two Par 3s, Four Par 4s
Black Tees: 3,258 meters/3,562 yards
White Tees: 3,098 meters/3,569 yards
Yellow Tees: 2,934 meters/3,208 yards
Red Tees: 2,731 meters/2,986 yards
One Par 5, Two Par 3s, Six Par 4s