Turkey’s premier golf destination to host the first ever Turkish Airlines Open in The European Tour’s inaugural Final Series schedule.
The Turkish Airlines Open, that will be staged from November 7-10, 2013, will be a week of many firsts.
Not only will it be the first ever European Tour event to be held in Turkey and one of four tournaments that make up the inaugural four Final Series of The European Tour’s Race to Dubai series, it will also be the first-ever Professional Golf event to be hosted at the award-winning Montgomerie Maxx Royal.
The course, located on Turkey’s stunning Mediterranean coastline, in the renowned golfing region of Belek has been designed by its namesake, Ryder Cup legend and 2010 European Team Captain, Colin Montgomerie in association with European Golf Design. Blessed with stunning views of the surrounding Taurus Mountains, the par 72 Championship course will welcome the leading golfers from The Race to Dubai, all competing for the final spots at the season ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
“It is exciting to think that the European Tour now has Turkey on the roster and I am incredibly proud that one of my finest creations has been chosen to stage what will be a landmark occasion for Turkish golf,” commented Montgomerie, designer of the golf course that is flanked by the magnificent 5-star Maxx Royal Golf & Spa. “I have been truly impressed, firstly by the vision of the ownership to create such a comprehensive resort and secondly by the delivery of a premium service. I holidayed here with my family last summer and we were treated to authentic Turkish hospitality at its very best. It is going to be a great week, the course will be in superb condition and I am going to enjoy watching how the players fair around the challenging layout we have created here.”
The Maxx Royal Golf & Spa brand has been born out of the ethos of creating and delivering memorable experiences. The critically acclaimed and multiple award-winning hotel chain is held in high regard by visitors who have flocked to the 5-star resort from all around the globe. Whether on a relaxing spa retreat, a golf vacation or a family adventure, all aspects of your trip are tailored to.
The resort overlooks the immaculate fairways of The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course from one side and the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches of Antalya’s beautiful Mediterranean coastline on the other. With a variety of international cuisine options, a premium Elemis spa experience, a selection of swimming pools, beach experiences and an adventure theme park, The Maxx Royal Golf & Spa is one of the world’s most comprehensive and premium holiday resorts.
Regarded by many as the must-visit holiday destination in Turkey, The Maxx Royal Golf & Spa has become the key player in Turkey’s burgeoning tourism trade.
Mehmet Ersoy, Chairman of the Company said: “The Maxx Royal Golf & Spa has rightly assumed the position of being one of Turkey’s most prominent hotel brands and we have aspirations to build on this success. The Turkish Open represents a great opportunity for us to welcome some of the world’s finest golfers as well as golf fans from across Europe and showcase the magnificent facility that we have created here. Those who stay with us will experience the finest in quality and service, along with traditional Turkish hospitality and we are confident this will act as a vehicle for us to communicate with many consumers who are considering their next holiday.”
When they arrive for tournament week, the elite players of The European Tour will be treated to a truly magnificent golfing layout that bears all the hallmarks of the way the Ryder Cup legend played during his stellar career. Presented in pristine condition all-year-round and with a reputation for some of the finest green surfaces, The Montgomerie Maxx Royal has quickly gained a reputation for being one of the finest golf courses in Europe. Set within 104 hectares of picturesque mixed pine forest and blessed with rolling sandy ridge, this testing Par 72 layout promises a memorable and testing experience for all the competitors.
Ahmet Agaoglu, the President of the Turkish Federation, noted: “We are honoured to host the first European Tour event in Turkey and especially delighted to have secured the penultimate date on what will be a hotly contested Race to Dubai schedule. Both myself and everyone involved in the creation of the first-class Belek golfing region firmly believe what we have here on the on the Southern coastline of Turkey represents the ideal destination for international events and tourists alike. We will be working extremely hard over the ensuing months alongside the European Tour to deliver a truly world-class golf event that will put Turkey firmly on the International golfing map."