The Brief

Design the first ever Tourist Destination course in Turkey

The Result

Opened in 1994, ‘The National’ has maintained a great reputation for traditional golf in an exotic setting.


This was my first big commission, with David Feherty as my co-designer… can you imagine? Golf construction was virtually unknown in Turkey at that time so trying to make the operators understand golf shaping in my ‘pidgin’ Turkish was a challenge.

It has hosted Senior Tour and European Ladies Tour events on many occasions and pioneered the development of golf in Southern Turkey. It has stayed consistently inside Europe’s Top 100 courses, and remains a firm favourite with golfers of all nationalities.

I added a third nine in 2016.