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Fairway to heaven ... the Gloria Hotel and Golf Resort has three magnificient courses to choose from plus 48 covered bays in their driving range

Fairway to heaven ... the Gloria Hotel and Golf Resort has three magnificient courses to choose from plus 48 covered bays in their driving range

Adhamhnan enjoys a pre-flight massage at Istanbul Airport

Adhamhnan enjoys a pre-flight massage at Istanbul Airport

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Fairway to heaven ... the Gloria Hotel and Golf Resort has three magnificient courses to choose from plus 48 covered bays in their driving range

It could be argued that Turkey's love affair with golf took flight with the arrival of Tiger Woods in Antalya for an unofficial tournament, the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, in 2012.

With him in an eight-man field was Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Webb Simpson, Matt Kucher, Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel and the eventual winner of the medal match-play event, Justin Rose.

The world's greatest golfer was rewarded with a fee of close to $1.5m to showcase his talent, but he was enthusiastic about spreading the gospel and agreed to play in a pre-tournament pro-am to raise money for the Turkish Golfing Federation. Nine teams of three players had the pleasure of playing one hole with the American for the not inconsiderable sum of $100,000 per team. McIlroy's popularity on the world stage at that time was financially less remunerative, but more substantial than the rest of the field.