Operating under the title of “Carya Golf Club” for many years, Öztürk Group of Companies has been a dynamic actor on the stage of golf tourism, and more recently their focus has been directed toward the construction of Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.
Funded by Öztürk Group and undertaken by Regnum Turkey, this resort aspires to be green and eco-friendly and has accomplished such: the structures of Regnum are environmentally efficient and sustainable in respect to energy and water efficiency, CO2 emission, interior quality, and resource management. Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort prides itself on their LEED Certification; but in its efficiency, the quality and comfort of the resort does not suffer in the slightest.
As the XXII Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia from 7 to 23 February 2014, it is an ideal time to consider the involvement of the game of golf in past and future Olympic history.
Golf was featured in the Summer Olympic Games program in 1900 and 1904 and has not been featured since. The only countries to medal in golf are the United States of America, Canada and Great Britain. That is all set to change though with the 2009 decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reinstate the event for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
The tournament will be open to professional golfers and the International Golf Federation has proposed a 72-hole stroke play tournament format. The top 15 players based on IGF ranking would automatically be eligible and then the next 45 players representing countries that do not already have two representatives would fill the remaining spots.
Humana Challenge Tournament Executive Director, Bob Marra, recently said “We want to make this clearly the healthiest sports event in the world.” Inspired by the “well-being” ethos of the modern Humana Challenge, this week I thought I would examine some of the less obvious ways golf can benefit players, as well as having a look at the tournament itself.
Kapalua winner, Zach Johnson will be the highest ranked player at the tournament this year. Traditionally known for celebrity involvement, the tournament has largely done away with this feature. The tournament now consists of a traditional four round tournament, but played over three different courses.
The relaxing nature of the game of golf when compared to other sporting pursuits is undeniable. A lot of this can be attributed to two main factors, namely: the course environment and the relatively low strain of the activity.
With the 2016 Summer Olympics opening ceremony less than 1 year away, many sports fans are already beginning to feel the excitement building. 28 different sporting disciplines will be competed in Rio de Janeiro, including golf, which is being played at the Olympics Games for the first time since 1904. After such a long leave of absence, many players are eager to see whether the game will embody the Olympic spirit and if the sport will become a permanent Olympic fixture.
When the men’s competition was last held in 1904 Summer Games in St Louis, USA, 77 competitors took part, although all of them represented either the United States or Canada. Due to difficulties in travelling at the time, and because of various socio-political tensions around the world, many golfers from international destination were unable to make it to America and therefore did not compete. Gold was won by Canadian George Lyon for the individual event, and all three medals were taken by USA in the team discipline. Fortunately, Rio is expecting to play host to a far more diverse field of players, as well as hosting a women’s event. There is not scheduled to be a team competition this time around.
One of the latest luxury resorts to open in Turkey to cater for golfers is the Sueno Deluxe Belek. Despite having only been open to guests for a few weeks, the resort is already starting to win praise for its high-quality accommodation and fantastic customer services. Situated on the gorgeous Belek coastline, and right next to the hotel’s own courses, the hotel is a perfect destination for golfers and non-golfers alike.
When booking, you will be able to choose from a range of deluxe room types, from Sea View doubles or twins, right through to the luxurious Island Villa accommodation. The top-of-the-range Island Villa apartments include a private massage suite, private pool, private sauna, Turkish bath and fully-equipped mini kitchen. If required, you may also access butler services in these rooms. All rooms at the Sueno Deluxe Belek include air conditioning, an LCD TV with a range of channels, a hot drink set, room service options, complimentary toiletries, bathrobe and slippers, a hair dryer, and telephone and wireless internet connections.