WLG STRENGTHENS FOOTHOLD IN EASTERN EUROPE
Estonia's prestigious EGCC and two new members from Turkey join WLG
As the World of Leading Golf represents more and more Clubs all over Europe, the aspired diversity of characteristics of those top clubs becomes increasingly apparent. After all, ‘quality’ is a matter of keeping up certain standards, but we are not looking for standardisation. On the contrary, it is the differences in course layout, ambience and style that has the discerning golfer visit other clubs and makes him or her choose travel destinations by them. GolfBusinessNews recently reported on three new Eastern European members of the WLG.
With the prestigious 27-hole Estonian Golf & Country Club (EGCC), WLG has taken one more step into the Baltic region, a place full of historical and natural surprises especially for visitors coming from the West. The EGCC has two exciting golf courses, the Sea and the Stone Course, to take golfers on a journey along the Baltic Coast and inland through impressive rock formations and gigantic stones from the ice age. Reminding more of a barn house than a club house, the daring meeting point offers every golf-relevant amenity while close by Villas serve to accommodate overnight guests.
The two new Turkish WLG member clubs have completely different things to offer, of, course, not only due to the warmer climate. While the host of he Turkish Airlines Ladies Open earlier this year, the Golf Club Carya boasts with being the first European golf course with floodlights for nightly rounds, the National Golf Club Antalya thrives on its history of being the first golf course in Turkey matching European PGA standards. Both club’s courses are carved into the sloping countryside of the Turkish golfing heartland Belek with the snow capped Taurus Mountains as an impressive backdrop. Carya’s course is inspired by the traditional old English style heathland courses in the surrey area while the National’s course tests the abilities of players with an abundance of bunkers and natural water hazards embedded in spacious greenery and surrounded by a forest of eucalyptus and pine trees.