As the reach of the low cost airlines extends further from northern Europe, the focus is sharpened on exciting new golf holiday destinations. At the forefront of this remarkable expansion are Turkey and Cyprus, in addition to Dubai, which is aided and abetted by its fellow United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. The incredible value for money on offer is embellished by the near guarantee of year-round sunshine.
Turkey’s golfing landscape is dominated by the hot spot of Belek, just a short drive from the international airport at Antalya. In Belek, the concentration of brand new championship courses and 5* resorts is astonishing – head to Gloria, Gloria Verde, Sirene or Cornelia Deluxe for impeccable levels of customer service and extraordinary facilities. Purpose built to welcome resort golfers, Belek is the newest star attraction on the golfing landscape.
Cyprus as a whole has experienced considerable growth as a tourist destination, and the golfing options have also made serious leaps. The star of the show is the 5* deluxe Aphrodite Hills resort, which is now among the finest anywhere in Europe, bathed in the ever reliable Cypriot sunshine.
The fastest-growing holiday destination for travellers from the United Kingdom is Dubai; the scorching heat, tax-free shopping and the phenomenal resorts make the emirate extremely attractive. Showcased by the Dubai Desert Classic and the extraordinary Emirates Golf Club, Dubai is home to some of the world’s most spectacular new courses.
Highlighted by prestigious European Tour events, Abu Dhabi and Qatar have joined the golfing bandwagon rolling through the Middle East. The vision of the most talented designers and architects is supported by seemingly endless financing for new projects. There are few destinations so spectacular, so why not make the scorching emirates your choice for a golf escape to the sun?