National Golf Club
Having opened in 1994, National was the area's first internationally recognised course, and arguably sparked the massive development that has turned Belek into one of Europe's golfing hot spots.
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Such is the quality of David Feherty's design, National (6,907 yards) is still regarded as the best course in Belek by many, and has a maturity that belies its youth. Spectacular holes are carved in to the groves of pine and eucalyptus, and there are treacherous water hazards throughout.
National has more of a members club accent than many of the resort courses, and as such is extremely popular. The most established course in Belek, National should be a certainty for a challenging and rewarding round during your next golfing holiday on Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
We caught up with Ladies European Tour player Sophie Walker who finished 6th in the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in 2014 to talk us through her tips for playing the National Golf Club
"The National is a breathtaking golf course and one of my favourites on tour. It is a very tricky golf course but the variety of tees on offer mean it can be enjoyed by professional and club golfers alike.
It is the oldest course in the area so has a mature look to it. With tree lined fairways and carefully placed water hazards, the holes are very well defined. Nearly every hole has a shape to it and the greens are well guarded by carefully placed bunkers and over hanging trees so course management is key to playing well. The greens are large, true and undulating with many exciting pin positions to be had. The positioning of the tee ball on the correct side of the fairway is vital to attacking the flags.
My favourite hole on the front 9 is the par 5 4th. It is a short par 5 which values a straight drive in order to go for the green in two. However the whole left side of the hole is protected by a water hazard meaning any stray drive or second shot will be punished. It is very much a birdie or bogie hole for the Ladies on tour.
The best hole on the course for me is the 18th; it says everything there is to say about The National course. The tee shot needs to be precise in order to avoid the fairway bunker and water on the left. The approach shot is very picturesque with the clubhouse at the back of the green.
My tips for playing The National are not to always use a driver off the tee, as accuracy is more important that length. Always take more break than you think on the greens. Try a kebab at the half way house and have a photo taken on the 2nd tee and on the patio with the 18th hole in the background.
It really is a stunning golf course to look at, so enjoy the surroundings and the scores will come."
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- Driving Range
- Pro Shop
- Putting Greens
- Club House
- Championship Standard Course