Lykia Links

Lykia Links

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Lykia’s position in the 60s of our 2019 Continental Top 100 might look odd to those who have been and even could be queried by anyone who has seen images of it.

It is one of the most distinctive courses not only in Belek but mainland Europe as a whole, and it enjoys one of the most dazzling locations in the continent as a whole.

Lykia sits on a long stretch of coastline near the golf Mecca that is Belek, and its aesthetic appeal derives from the myriad awesome Mediterranean views it serves up.

There is, as you might have guessed, a ‘but’ though. The resort of Lykia – it has a huge hotel attached – has had a colourful history in its relatively short life and that has on occasion led to its course not being presented in quite the way we would expect a Top 100 venue to be.

It has been good when all our key panellists visited but word travels quickly in the world of golf and we know it has had more difficult times. So despite more positive feedback of late, it was marked down on ‘conditioning’ as we struck a note of caution.

In other parts of the course it is easy to imagine how the Perranporth-esque humps and bumps were bulldozed into shape, a task helped immeasurably by the sandy character of the site.

Assuming it received an average mark for its presentation, it would be as many as 20 places higher – which tells you this is a course very much worth your time. Golf on holiday is very rarely this exciting or interesting.

Its natural advantage plays a key part in its allure; the terrain of over half the course – notably the four holes from the 2nd and then the all-star section from the 12th – sits on idyllic terrain that had nothing more done to it during construction than simply to be ‘cleaned’ of scrub and then tees and greens created.

In other parts of the course it is easy to imagine how the Perranporth-esque humps and bumps were bulldozed into shape, a task helped immeasurably by the sandy character of the site.

Sand hills are rarely out of view and whenever you miss a fairway with your drive you play your second from on top of piles of the fine grain held in place by the kind of indigenous vegetation that only thrives in this kind of sandy and salty scene.

That’s not to say you will adopt a ground game to counteract the sea breezes, because the grass is not fescue.

But this at least looks the part, with rough-covered sand hills, little sleepered-steps into the dunes to aid with a ball search and those classic narrow-slatted wooden fences to stop sand blow-outs seen on our great links.

The closing stretch of this Perry Dye design is the undoubted highlight and starts at the fabulous 12th, which is followed by a split-fairway hole that takes you down to the shore ready to play three that spectacularly hug the beach.

After an exhilarating start to the 13th, your approach from a fairway packed with bumps and bumps is to a narrow ‘coffin’ green that sits on an angle.

Known as ‘Whipping Winds’ this 435-yard two-shotter asks you to hit a blind drive over a marker post atop a dune and as you do so you can’t help but notice the beachside holes you know you are about to play.

After that exhilarating start to the hole, your approach from a fairway packed with bumps and bumps is to a narrow ‘coffin’ green that sits on an angle.

It was not always intended to be thus; Dye came back from a design conference in Scotland and changed it after being inspired by the blind holes he’d just been savouring.

The 13th maintains the pace and then it is raised by the trio that have the glistening Med as a constant accompaniment to your left.

The wonderful 3rd, played to an infinity green, and 4th ensure the front nine also entertains without quite the second-half’s highs.

It probably doesn’t sound like the 65th best course on mainland Europe and assuming it is presented appropriately, we acknowledge it is indubitably better than that. Chris Bertram

 

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