We were certainly blessed with terrific weather for our opening game at Antalya on the Pasha course. It is a really good layout with some very undulating greens, that certainly laid down the gauntlet to our putting strokes! We opted for a team competition today with two scores to count from the four players. Undoubtedly, shot of the day came from Ray who having had an approach shot on the par 5 8th go in the water, dropped put then holed from fully 100 yards for a par! Some good golf all round and although getting used to the heat was a pleasant challenge, we all ran out of steam in the final couple of holes. So the winners on 79 points were Sue, Chris, Steve and Mike who pipped Ray, Tony, Vicky and Barney by a point. A nice afternoon with swimming, sunbathing on the menu followed by dinner and a show, a good opening day.
The Carya was our venue for the second day’s play and the impressive club house was matched by the golf course. Have a look at my video here A great layout with undulating fairways and greens and a grandstand finish around the lake. We opted for a pairs event today and we all really enjoyed the course. Tony and Mike set down an early marker with Tony’s birdie on the 2nd followed by Mike’s four nett birdies in a row from the 5th. They continued their form on the back nine and such was their dominance they could have strolled off the 16th green and gone in for a beer and not bothered with the last two holes and still won. 44 points was a marvellous total and we celebrated with an excellent Chinese meal at the hotel.
We went to one of the original courses in Antalya for our third game of golf, the National. Another impressive clubhouse and excellent service greeted us. This course was a very strategic one with tree lined fairways (and in one instance some even on the fairway)!) and as a group we really enjoyed the challenge. The winners today were Liz, Christine, Steve and Barney with 83 points. A nice drink on their very pleasing veranda followed our game, where we all worked out where we could have been better.
The day off proved timely as thunderstorms started in the morning, which would have made golf tricky and shopping was on the menu along with some some appreciation as the weather got back to normal later in the day.
Our fourth game was on the impressive Sultan Course Have a look at my video here, where Tiger Woods had played and we were keen to leave our own golfing paw prints on the course. A challenging opening hole put us on our metal and with plenty of water around it did mean we needed to concentrate. A terrific finish with plotting your ball over water and on to island fairways was really challenging and the quartet that rose to it were Mike, Tony, Les and Liz with a comfortable 5 point victory.
Our last day was back on the Pasha course with a slightly earlier start so it meant we avoided the heat of the day. I unveiled a new format for the game, whereby it was best one of the four, with the caveat that if two or more players got birdies or eagles (had a couple this week) then that added to the total score. It produced a really close game and interestingly two teams had 58 points and the winners, Ray, Chris, Vicky & Barney pipped them by a point on 59. Our final dinner was at the hotel’s excellent fish restaurant and the competition fire still burned afterwards with a rousing Pool competition where Liz and Steve proved their skills at the table as well as of their golf.
A great week with terrific weather, some excellent courses, super golfers and organisation from our Turkish hosts.
All the best
Posted on 20 Apr 2020
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