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.
It has recently undergone extensive work on the greens, which are now Bermuda Tifeagle. The entire course was closed for the summer of 2011 in order to ensure top quality was maintained following a couple of busy seasons with many golfers on the course.
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 6571 metre, 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.