Five-star hotels and world-class facilities in Turkish resort destinations draw hundreds of thousands who look to enjoy golf at the highest standards. Estimates by golf tourism professionals indicate that the revenues from this high-end sport bring in around 135 million euros ($150.44 million) to Turkey every year.
The International Association of Golf Tour Operators Turkey and Antalya Golf Sports Club (IAGTO) President Cahit Şahin pointed to golf tourism as one of the qualified tourist practices. "It corresponds to an expenditure of around 1,100 to 1,200 euros per person. The player stays for a week and plays five rounds. An average of 135 million euros from 120,000 people per year is brought into the economy," he said.
On an annual basis, 120,000 people from Europe, Asia and the U.S. prefer the Antalya Belek Tourism Region, which has become one of the foremost golf centers in the world due to its climate, five-star hotels and high-standard golf courses.
In Antalya, one of the prominent tourist destinations in the world, besides sun, sand and sea, golf, especially in the winter season, contributes to the spread of tourism to 12 months.
Şahin said that the first golf club was founded in in 1895.