Cornelia Golf Club – Faldo’s Turkish Delight
Designed by the world-renowned golfer and course architect, Sir Nick Faldo, the Cornelia Golf Club is one of the finest in the country. Located in Antalya – Turkey’s golf coast – it offers 27 championship holes with an excellent blend of harmony and quality.
Cornelia’s Prince course is ranked as the second best course in Turkey and 59th in Europe’s top 100.
STORY BEHIND CORNELIA GOLF CLUB
Remarkably, course designer Nick Faldo built the original 18-hole course from scratch in just 9 months. However there are no signs of the construction being rushed – the course is mature, lush and packs a ‘wow’ factor to all who play there.
The course consists of three 18 hole combinations: the Kings Course (holes 1-18), Queens Course (holes 10-27) and the Prince Course (holes 19-27 & 1-9).
THE KING’S COURSE
Don’t underestimate the King’s course, it includes the front nine and perfect conditioning that makes the Prince Course so memorable.
The track routes through pine forests and blends seamlessly with the natural sandy environment. Another feature is a broad dune ridge that runs through the course, where elevated tees and greens are perched.
The undulating fairways and many umbrella pines tighten up the space available to play, so you’re best to leave your driver at home. This layout is all about accuracy and smart shot selection to find the right spots.
It would be rude not to select the 7th hole (pictured), nicknamed ‘Faldo’s Choice’, as the course’s signature.
The long hitters might consider going for the green on this 276m par-4 however the dogleg has a nasty surprise. Turning the corner there are two tall pine trees that stand either side of each other with the green sitting in between them. It would be safe to lay-up instead.
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The Cornelia Golf Club features a David Leadbetter Golf Academy, where Leadbetter has trained instructors to assist every golfer’s game. The highly-respected golfing coach taught many golfing legends, including Ernie Els & Greg Norman…
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