Hit the Links in Turkey

You probably already know that Turkey is breathtaking vacation destination for anyone interested in sand, sun and fun. But as well as snorkeling and sunbathing, Turkey also offers first-class golfing at some of the world's most gorgeous courses.

Turkey's first golf club opened in 1895 in Istanbul – others soon followed, but the first professional course did not open until the late 1990s. Although Turkey was a bit late to the game, the country quickly made up for lost time by creating some great greens, which can be enjoyed year-round, thanks to Turkey's mild winters and hot summers. The Belek region, in particular, is known worldwide for its amazing golf vacations. The city features a dozen golf courses ranging in size and difficulty, from the 27-hole Tat International Golf Club that features seven lakes to the Kaya Golf Club and its 700-square-meter practice putting green, there is a course for every golfer, no matter what your stamina or skill level.

Turkey's myriad courses ensure there is something for every type of golfer. The Antalya Golf Club boasts two courses, each of which appears to be a natural walk in the woods but will challenge even the most dedicated driver. The National Golf Club offers lessons for all levels, including beginners, but do not let that fool you – in 2003, it was ranked the 14th best course in the world by readers of Germany's "Golf Journal" magazine.

If you're a hardcore golfer, there are several companies that offer custom golf vacations. Imagine, 36 holes every day on one or more of Turkey's greatest golf clubs! Plus, if you're traveling with non-golfers, destinations like the Gloria Golf Resort one of the best golf clubs in Turkey, provide for your nine-iron dreams as well as the relaxation of your travel companions – while you hit the rounds, your family can enjoy massages, restaurants, swimming pools and a children's playground.

Whether you're looking for the perfect location for your next corporate retreat, a hot vacation spot for you and your family or a romantic hideaway (complete with golf, of course), Turkey will exceed all your expectations and show you a great time – whatever your handicap on the greens!