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Turkey’s Antalya club to host PGA pro-am will stage its third and final 2018 Overseas Pro-Am at the spectacular Antalya Golf Club in Turkey for the very first time in November.

Antalya Golf Club is the home of the PGA National Turkey and the event marks a tie-up with PGA Partners and Europe’s leading golf travel company,

The pro-am will be contested on the challenging PGA Sultan Course and enables pros and amateurs to follow in the footsteps of Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

All three played in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, which was staged in there in 2012, the same year as the Eisenhower Trophy.

Away from golf, there is a chance to unwind at the five-star complex, which boasts five restaurants offering Turkish and worldwide cuisine, six bars, a spa, swimming pools and a health club.

PGA Professional Michael Jones, director of golf at Antalya, said: “We are very proud to accommodate The PGA in hosting this end of year Pro-Am.

“During that time of the year in November, the courses are in exceptional condition and are a real delight to play.

“I’m certain our guests will really enjoy their time here as they experience first class golf and hospitality at our venues, which are second-to-none. We look forward to seeing everyone in November.”

Administered by The PGA, the 20-team pro-am will run from 16-20 November and is open to all amateur players with an active competition handicap.

Packages are priced at £700 per team member, which includes four night’s stay (all inclusive) at the luxurious five-star Sirene Belek resort, airport transfers and a welcome dinner.

Teams will enjoy one practice round followed by two full rounds of competition golf on the PGA Sultan Course, with a prize-giving gala dinner bringing the event to its conclusion.

There are prizes for both PGA Professionals and amateurs, while both rounds will be officiated by a PGA tournament director.

Richard Barker, commercial director, commented: “We are delighted to team up with The PGA and Antalya to bring one of our Overseas Pro-Ams to Turkey.

“This is the first time we have taken the series to the PGA National for Turkey and we’re confident it will provide everything needed for an unforgettable golfing trip in Turkey.

“The PGA Sultan Course is a real challenge for even the most accomplished of golfers. Its spectacular views from within a stunning pine forest environment, combined with the facilities at the Sirene Belek resort, will make this pro-am a trip to remember for all teams involved.”

For more information or to book your place at the final Overseas Pro-Am Series event of the year call 01753 752880 or email

Full details of the pro-am can be found by visiting


Ireland – home of golf, Guinness and Peaky Blinders!

 FOR nigh on three decades we would instinctively cast inquisitive eyes starboard at the stretch of sand dunes hugging the River Liffey as our motley crew of a dozen or so aging scribes embarked on their annual golfing pilgrimage to Ireland.

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You can’t resist these Turkish delights

Alan Hedley enjoyed his Christmas turkey early this month and played some of the country’s top golf courses


TURKEY is staking a major claim to become the number one destination for golfers. The significant development of the Belek region highlighted by quality courses such as the Montgomerie Maxx Royal has seen the area transformed into a haven for travelling golfers.

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‘Dun’ deal! No wonder Irish eyes are smiling

David Birtill extols the delights of another memorable trip to Ireland where he revisited one very old course and two relatively new ones. 

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Go West in Ireland, it’s simply the best

IS there anywhere better than West coast of Ireland to play golf, writes ALAN HEDLEY?

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La Manga top of the shots again

THE five-star La Manga Club has made a flying start to 2014 and added to its extensive list of honours by completing an unprecedented hat-trick and being named as the best golf resort in Spain for the third successive year.

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When golf becomes just plain sailing

IMAGINE the thrill of playing a challenging hole under par and looking around to admire the amazing views or practising your swing in the on-board driving range whilst crystal clear Caribbean waters wash by.

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Spellbound by the magic of County Wicklow


Yours truly spent  a few enchanting, stress-free  days on his annual golfing pilgrimage to the Emerald Isle 

THERE’S something magical about the Wicklow Hills. Their landmark pointed peaks, which would not have looked out of place as a backdrop to a Harry Potter film, are usually your first sightings of Ireland on approaching the Port of Dublin from Anglesea.

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Vietnam course in top Nick…

ASIAN golf is booming – and on the back of the tour success more and more people are looking to play, writes ALAN HEDLEY.

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Czech out Harry’s place!

HARRY Thomson has been plying his trade in Europe for more years than he cares to remember but he shows no signs of slowing down, writes ALAN HEDLEY.

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