New Golf Hot Spots: Tunisia, Estonia, Turkey

Tired of teeing it up at the same old destinations? Tunisia, Turkey and Estonia offer championship courses and exotic locales for intrepid golfers craving new experiences.


The Residence Golf Course, Tunisia

The Residence Golf Course, Tunisia (Image: The Residence Tunis)

The best of the dozen or so courses in Tunisia, the northernmost country in Africa, is found at The Residence Tunis, one of the country’s most sumptuous resorts. Several holes of the Robert Trent Jones Jr. design skirt the Mediterranean Sea, while others wind through a nature reserve that in season teems with migrating birds.

After golf, muster your courage and try haggling for a bargain at the famous bazaar in Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis.

Further south along Tunisia’s Mediterranean coast is El Kantaoui, a popular resort with two courses, Sea and Panorama, which have hosted the European Senior Tour.

Carya Golf Club, Turkey

Carya Golf Club, Turkey (Image: Carya Golf Club)

In Turkey, head straight for Belek in Antalya Province, the heart of the country’s tourism industry. The region boasts 16 of Turkey’s 20 courses, including the acclaimed Nick Faldo-designed 27-hole layout at Cornelia Golf Club. Another must-play is Carya Golf Club, which five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson designed in the style of a classic English heathland course. Thomson imported more than a million heather plants to ensure authenticity.

Estonian Golf and Country Club, Estonia

Estonian Golf and Country Club (Image: Steve Carr)

And far to the north, in Estonia, the standout among the country’s dozen or so courses is easily the Estonian Golf and Country Club, located just outside Tallinn, the former communist country’s lively and picturesque capital. The property offers two 18-hole tracks, including the Sea Course, overlooking the Gulf of Finland.

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