Created in conjunction with European Golf Design, Montgomerie
Maxx Royal is a bona-fide modern championship test, highlighted by the fact
that in the relatively short time-span of six years, it was selected by the
European Tour as the host course for the Turkish Airlines Open, one of the
events tour’s Race to Dubai Final Series.
Measuring comfortably over 7,000 yards from the championship
tees, the course is certainly no pushover even for the best players in the
world but with an additional three sets of tees the course can be played from
as little as 5,382 yards, making it accessible to all and an excellent addition
to any Belek Golf Holiday.
Rather unusually, Maxx Royal features 6 pars 3s, 6 par 4s
and 6 par 5s so the playing experience is an extremely dynamic one which keeps
the golfer on their toes from start to finish. Fairways are generous but have
been carved through the mature pines that typify the Belek region, placing an
emphasis on accuracy from the tee, without being overly penal on the odd stray
tee shot. An extra feature of this course is that the back nine holes are floodlit allowing golf to be played into the evening.
Monty’s layout, which sits on the type of sandy sub-soil that
is ideal for year round golf, also features no less than 8 on-site lakes,
placing a premium on solid course management which should see you avoid most of
As with any golf course, the conditioning is largely
dependent on the season but like most of the resort courses in Turkey, every
effort is made to keep this to the highest possible standard throughout the
The newest addition to the golfing landscape in Belek is
among the most desirable, so why not include the fabulous Montgomerie course in
your next golf holiday in Turkey?
Designed by: Colin Montgomerie in conjunction with European Golf Design
Previously hosted: Turkish Airlines Open (2013-15)
Black (US Open): 7,132
Gold: 6,044 yards
Red: 5,382 yards
Signature Hole – No18: Par 5, 543 yards (Blue Tees)
While it’s a tough task to pick just one hole at Montgomerie Maxx Royal, the
signature hole is probably the doglegged par-5 13th. Two towering
pine trees positioned in the middle of the fairway present the golfer with
options from the tee: take the Tiger line to the left for a better chance of
carrying the waste bunker which splits the fairway for your second shot; or
choose the easier line to the right, lay-up, and be faced with a more difficult
approach to the green. This hole is a test of both body and mind and sums up
the Maxx Royal perfectly, with sound decision making and skilful shots required
to escape safely with a par.
As you may expect for a venue which has
successfully hosted one of the European Tour’s biggest events, there are ample
practice facilities at Maxx Royal.
At the Golden Swing Academy, you’ll
find two purpose built indoor teaching rooms on the range as well as a
workshop, fitting centre and Yes! putting studio. Should you feel the need to
sharpen up your game; this is the place to be.
A huge double-ended driving range
allows golfers to warm up to their heart’s content before their rounds and with
separate greenside bunker and chipping greens, as well as a 1000m2 practice
putting green, there is also plenty of scope to work on your short game before
heading to the 1st tee.
At The Clubhouse
The clubhouse at Maxx Royal is one of the most
impressive in the Belek region and the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks or
indeed a delicious meal before or after your round of golf.
Elegant and spacious, the Maxx Royal clubhouse
has its own 30m-high viewing tower from which golfers can watch fellow
players make their way up the final hole, as well as enjoying views over the
distant mountains and out towards the Mediterranean Sea.
With 2 floors accommodating every need, golfers are able to
use the conference rooms for special tournament prize giving ceremonies, or
indeed for business requirements before and after their round.
Depending on the season, the
weather in Turkey can get plenty hot so be sure to pack sun cream and take
plenty of water onto the course with you. Buggies are recommended too as in the
heat of the sun, walking the course can be quite tough.
A drink or two in the clubhouse’s
tower is a must.
Course designer Colin Montgomerie
became only the 7th man in history to play in 600 European Tour
events when he teed it up in the £4.4 million Turkish Airlines Open in 2014.