Turkey might not be your first thought as a golfing destination, but with its mild climate and vast acres of verdant countryside, the southern coastal region is fast gaining acclaim on the international golf scene. Belek, 30km east of Antalya, is the main hub of the sport, home to five golf courses. Designed by Ryder Cup player David Feherty, the 18-hole championship course at the impressive National Golf Club (t0242 725 4625, wnationalturkey.com) hosts the multi-million-dollar World Golf Final, which attracts eight of the planet’s top golfers.

Luxury hotel resorts in the area offer inclusive golf packages (check out wgolfinturkey.com for ideas). Even if your game isn’t quite up to par, you’ll be able to revel in the landscape of natural lakes, gently undulating lawns and eucalyptus forests, set to a backdrop of the snowcapped Taurus Mountains.

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