Golfing has been popular around the world for many years, and if you are a golfer and are looking for a house for sale in Istanbul Turkey, you will most certainly be asking that question. The answer? Of course you can! There are two golf clubs in Istanbul, one on the European side, Kemer Golf Country Club at Eyüp. On the Anatolian side, there is the Klassis Golf Kulubu at Üsküdar.
Golf is still relatively new to Turkey, with the Turkish Golf Federation being founded in 1996. Most of the courses are in the Antalya area on the Mediterranean coast. These excellent mostly 18-hole courses have been designed and built by some of golf’s prominent names, like Nick Faldo and Perry Dye (son of Peter Dye) and many more. A mid-week or weekend golfing trip to these courses is so easy from Istanbul with flights from Sabiha Gӧkhen and Atatürk airports taking less than an hour. The five-star accommodation is also a great asset!
Looking for a house for sale in Istanbul Turkey or anywhere for that matter, is a taxing and sometimes stressful experience, having the chance to chill out on the golf course for a few hours can look very attractive. Currently, there are only two active courses within the Istanbul area. The Kemer Golf and Country Club can be found about a 30-minute drive north of the city in the Belgrade forest area, at the foothills of the Istranci Mountains. Designed in 1995 by Dutch course architect Johan Dudok van Heel as a 9-hole course it was soon extended to 18-holes. Used as a training area for the National Golf Federation, the 73 par, 6,930-yard course is ‘short but tight’, you will also find the headquarters of the PGA here. Visitors are welcome at this private club at the cost of green fees and with facilities for tennis, volleyball, swimming and equestrian popular with non-golfers.
About an hour’s drive from the city, Klassis Golf Club can be found at the holiday resort of Silivri on the Marmara Sea. Designed by Tony Jacklin, the course present some interesting features and challenges. The 6,869-yard course has three water features, watch out for the signature hole at the 9th (par 3) – a 188-yard play from an elevated tee across the lake, to a tricky green. The club also boosts a great 9-hole academic course 27-par perfect for those new to the game. Driving ranges and putting green for getting some practice in, also add to its appeal. Golfing buggies are also available for the main course -recommend you use one. Superb views, great golf and a range of other facilities make this a course worth visiting for a mini break, not just one game.