Belek Golf Club: First thoughts
Belek Golf Club is currently under construction on 840 beautiful acres in the foothills of the Taurus Mountains of Southern Turkey. In May, 2009 sales will begin for the luxury Golf Resort with 2,400 Residential units, Reception, a Boutique Hotel over Galleria retail, a Turkish Spa and a 30,000 s.f. Clubhouse.
A world-renowned, hall-of fame golfer, Jose Maria Olazabel has designed the centerpiece course as a figure “8” which accommodates the signature, architectural feature of 24, 12,000 s.f. Castle units. These special units are 4-storey but appear to be a castellated hill town rising out of a 25 ft. rocky crag in the middle of the golf course.
With the exception of the Castle Units, all cars are parked at the Reception Building in a 500 car subterranean parking garage. Transportation around the site is by two-way canal barge, a network of electric buses or individual NEV’s or Segways.
The perimeter transportation canal necessitates a flat site yet GBA, EDSA and Olazabel Design have worked closely to create interesting topography. In order to meet Turkey’s strict environmental requirements and to maintain water quality, the design team has used the design of the golf course to introduce marsh areas which aerate continuously circulated water.
This project has generated great interest throughout Turkey, Europe and the World Golfing Community. The Architect’s design package has been translated into a C.G. animation by AlphaVision in Montreal.