Carya in Antalya’s Belek region is the first classic, heathland style golf course to be built on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.
Designed by Thomson Perrett & Lobb, the international golf course architecture practice founded by five times Open Champion Peter Thomson, it is a championship golf course set on undulating sand hills and cutting through mature pine and eucalyptus forest, at the heart of Turkey’s golf coast.
Peter Thomson, said: “This is an exceptional piece of land on which to build a golf course. It is reminiscent of the famous Surrey heathland courses near London that I rate among the world’s best and which I was fortunate to enjoy much success on in my playing days. I am very excited about the prospect of TPL creating a classic, traditional style course in Turkey.”
Thomson Perrett & Lobb has created a classic course, unique to the region, and featuring naturally cultivated heather. Grown in an extensive nursery on site, Carya’s heather shapes define the course into a truly magnificent spectacle.
The 7,100 yard, par 72 course, is a demanding test of golfing strategy with free flowing holes that run between pine and eucalyptus trees and across a dramatic sand ridge. Carya also boasts a spectacular new clubhouse and state-of-the-art driving range.
Golf Day &Night at “CARYA GOLF CLUB”
Being one of the most popular country clubs of Turkey, “Carya Golf Club” has launched the first lighted golf course of Europe with a major investment.
By lighting the last 9 holes out of totally 18 holes, Carya Golf Club offers the opportunity of playing golf at night with the comfort of daylight. In this way, the guests can enjoy playing golf under the warm climate of Mediterranean Sea up until late at night.
Having been selected as the best golf destination in 2008, Belek Resort has been literally flooded by golf lovers since then.
It is nearly impossible to find place in the courses during intense golf seasons in Belek that is preferred thanks to its attractive facilities offered by luxurious hotels. Moreover, there was the problem that some games couldn’t be finished due to short days between the months of September and May in Belek resort especially for the games that start in the afternoon. Thanks to this particular project, not only such problems are eliminated but also there is the chance to discover the advantageous and joyful sides of playing golf at night.
The ball is clearly visible since lighting is provided from 36 meters high up to 250 Lux and the background is darker. Furthermore, players feel like they play in completely different 9 holes since the course turns into a whole another environment with the lighting.
Carya Golf Club has thereby contributed to Turkish Tourism sector considerably with this project that is first of its kind not only in this region but also throughout Europe.