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Turkish delight - or not so sweet?
By Gary Cummins, Parkstone Golf Club member
March 29, 2012

I am writing as a keen club golfer and as a member of a party of 8 who have just returned from the Belek area of Turkey having had an all-inclusive one-week golfing holiday.

Although the hotel was excellent, the weather great for golf, the only real disappointment was the extremely slow play on all the courses we played (Cornelia Faldo, Tat, Carya and The National). We do understand that holiday golf is likely to be taken at a more leisurely pace than your weekly stableford or medal round, but it is no fun to queue for every shot of your round as we did! The worst situation was at the Carya course where it took no less than 3 hours 10 minutes to play just 9 holes - yes we were driven to despair!! We asked the course marshal to ask those ahead to speed up but his response was that the course was completely full and it would be of no use to ask any one group to go faster. As daylight was fading, we approached the marshal again and requested that we complete just 9 holes and be offered our remaining 9 holes the next day. After some persuasion it was agreed that we could play our final 9 holes, starting on the 10 th the following day as long as we teed off no later than 7:45am, not exactly a sociable hour of the day for holiday golf. Even then we arrived and discovered a further society had teed off ahead of us at 6.30am!

The message is clear to me; someone is being greedy by packing these beautiful courses to or beyond their capacity. Not only that, but our group all took our handicap certificates for inspection - never once were we asked to present them. Hereby lays the other problem. The courses are full of what seem to be beginners many of whom would not be accepted on any quality course in the UK. These 'golfers' typically amble along quite oblivious to the 8 or even 12 golfers waiting on the tee behind them.

Surely it is about time that someone sorted out this mess. Otherwise, this most popular of golf destinations will increasingly get a bad reputation, and the decent British club golfer will choose to go elsewhere.

Sadly, for us, the Turkish delight was not so sweet!!








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