Wednesday 18 January 2017

Turkish Airlines Open provides tee with a difference

Published 01/11/2016 | 14:16

A view of the back tee on the 16th hole, on top of a villa, at the Antalya Golf Club for the Turkish Airlines Open
A view of the back tee on the 16th hole, on top of a villa, at the Antalya Golf Club for the Turkish Airlines Open
A special back tee on the 16th hole of the Regnum Carya Golf course has been constructed on the roof one of the villas

The 17th hole at St Andrews famously requires players to hit their tee shot over the corner of the Old Course Hotel, but organisers of this week's Turkish Airlines Open have gone one better.

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A special back tee on the 16th hole of the Regnum Carya Golf course has been constructed on the roof one of the villas at the resort in Antalya, which is hosting the £5.8million event for the first time.

Players will climb 24 stairs to the top of the single-storey building before teeing off on the 432-yard par four, which plays 34 yards longer than from the regular tee.

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington said: "I like it. It's a bit of fun and the hole takes it very nicely. I like anything that's a little bit different and new and it's certainly at a good time in the round.

"If it was the 18th tee you might think it was a bit of a distraction at that stage, but on the 16th that's fine. Let's go play."

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