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Turkish Airlines Open Golf in Antalya

Turkish Airlines Open Golf in Antalya

Victor Dubuisson from France beat off some of the world’s leading golfers, including Tiger Woods, to win  the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open Golf at the MaxxRoyal course in Antalya, Turkey, this weekend. The runner up was Jamie Donaldson who also won a million miles on Turkish Airlines for a hole in one during the event, which is part of the European tour.

Volker Lorenz, Amadeus; Anne Marie Dalton, Turkish Airlines; and John Galligan, John Galligan Travel were at the tournament

The airline hosted some of the trade  at the golf, where Cormac Walsh, Joe Walsh Tours, was joined by John Galligan, John Galligan Travel, and Volker Lorenz, Amadeus.

John Galligan was impressed by Antalya, which has 14 golf courses side by side with more than  50 5-star hotels, many of them offering fully inclusive rates including golf. It will appeal to upmarket golfers, John said.

Murat Balandi, Turkish Airlines, meets golf writers Dermot Gilleece and Stephen Reid in Antalya

Turkish Airlines now flies 10 times a week from Dublin to Istanbul, increasing to 12 flights week next April. There are frequent connecting flights to Antalya.

The carrier is really golf friendly as there is no extra charge for golf clubs.

The 18th at the MaxxRoyal club

Tiger Woods became the first golfer to drive a golf ball from east to west (from Asia to Europe) on the iconic bridge across the Bosphorus  in Istanbul as part of the event.

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Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

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