This IS the home of the Turkish Airlines Open, and so deserves to be.
Played whilst most definitely 'under the weather' and started from the 10th tee to make things even more disruptive! Where do I start? Well, the tee boxes are the same as the rest of the course - in superb condition. I cannot realistically complain about any part of the course, but will complain about the bunkers, just for something to be negative over - no rakes (yes, I know - COVID). Special mention to the greens - they are true and difficult. Full marks to Tyrell Hatton for being the current champion, he did earn his money and I do not envy his playing off the tips of the black tees!
The question we all have to ask is 'would I play again' - answer is, 'in a heartbeat', but the proviso would be that it MUST be a good day (no rain at all). I paid 110 Euros for my round - this included breakfast, golf and lunch -including all drinks, so a really good deal (and transfer bus). Peak rates are in excess of 160 Euros for the same deal (Xmas day is quiet for some reason - headaches?) and I am guessing that the price will probably increase somewhat during the next few months (exchange rate is rapidly devaluing the Turkish Lira on a daily basis).
I am due back in a few weeks, and if I can get a tee time, will more than likely play it again.
Food is, unlike most hotels (attached to the Maxx Royal), hot and very good, choice is almost standard golf club fare, but is worth the visit.
If you do play, get a buggy - extra 20 euros each person!