Turkey’s recognition as a leading golf destination boosting interest in properties

The first PGA (Professional Golf Association) tournament being held in Turkey later this year could increase interest in properties on or near golf courses, agents believe.

Value for money, world class courses and a steady increase in the hosting of high profile events are giving the country a new name as a global golf destination and at the same time adding value to Turkish property close to a fairway.

Turkey is now the fourth most popular golf travel destination in the world, after Spain, Portugal and Scotland, according to accountancy KPMG's recent Golf Travel Insights 2013 report. Last year, the same report ranked the country fifth, behind the United States, which this year fell to eighth place.

Meanwhile, Turkey's golfing hub, Belek, which is near Antalya on the country's Mediterranean coast, was named Europe's Best Golf Destination at the Golf Magazine Awards.

Golfing history will be made in Turkey in November this year, when the first Turkish Open takes place as part of the European Tour International Schedule. It will be played at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Club in Belek.

Last October the Antalya Club in Belek hosted the first Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, an elite event won by the UK's Justin Rose that saw eight of the game's best players, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, go head to head.

Julian Walker, director at Turkish property specialist Spot Blue, said that as Belek becomes more prominent on the global golf stage, property in the resort and in neighbouring areas is becoming more sought after.

‘While the centre of Belek has a selection of apartments and villas with easy access to the dozen or so 18 hole golf courses, the pretty resort of Side, popular with British families and mature buyers, is only 20 minutes away,’ he said.

‘Golf homes are always very lettable, but when the Open comes to Belek later in the year, properties in the areas of Side, Belek and Antalya will be especially in demand. Turkey's long season and balmy Mediterranean winters make it especially conducive to golf,’ he added.

Belek has good access. Antalya's international airport, the second busiest airport in Turkey as well as anywhere along the Mediterranean, is 30 minutes away from the centre of the resort.

Typical of what is available in Belek are new two bedroom apartments on small developments with a shared pool for around £60,000. Prices are similar in Side, but there is also the option to purchase in the livelier Antalya metropolitan area, such Lara Beach, 30 minutes from Belek, where we have luxury apartments in a smart tourist area, close to the sea and a marina, available from around £87,000.

Away from Belek, Vita Park golf club has two international standard 18 hole courses, and is just 20 minutes from the chic resort of Bodrum and 10 minutes from the airport at Bodrum. The Kusadasi Golf and Spa resort in Kusadasi has an 18 hole course. Spot Blue has a range of property for sale close to both of these golf courses.

‘Turkey has a bright future as an international golf destination. And with the Turkish government making it increasingly easier for foreigners to buy, live and spend time in the country, second homes near a fairway should only become more desirable,’ added Walker.