Quick Pars

Our Golf Adventures

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I don’t remember when the game bit me because I’ve enjoyed golf for as long as I can remember. 

But Menekse, well, let’s just say she wasn’t immediately smitten.  So I took her to St Andrews and some of the other classics.  She even hit her first golf ball at Carnoustie!  But it wasn’t until we watched Follow the Sun that Menekse realized that maybe this game had something.  You know the movie- it’s the story of Ben and Valerie Hogan and their initial struggles of touring the country while playing on the PGA Tour. I think there was something about the title and the fact that golf could be played all over the world that appealed to her. 

But how does a golfer actually do Slow Travel? 

Golf isn’t like frisbee where we can just throw our clubs into our backpacks and go.  There is no getting around the fact that bringing our clubs will make our travels a little more difficult.  We decided to travel with carry-on luggage only and use our clubs as our check in luggage. Only carry-on luggage, for a year plus? Crazy, we know. But hey, we’ll have our clubs!  It’s all about sacrifices, right! 

If you wonder what Slow Travel is,  you can read that on Menekse’s travel page.

We have a really long list of courses that we want to play.  Currently this list is almost 450 courses long.  And, it’s located on 6 continents, in 43 countries!  Can we make it?  Who knows, but we will give it a try.  Traveling slowly from place to place playing golf, all while trying to chase the summer- that’s Quick Pars.

Herzogenaurach - Follow the Sun
Ryder Cup

Ich kann mich nicht erinnern, wann mich das Spiel so eingenommen hat, weil ich Golf spiele, seitdem ich denken kann.

Aber Menekse… na gut, sagen wir einfach, sie war nicht sofort begeistert. Also brachte ich sie nach St. Andrews und zu einigen anderen Klassikern. Sie schlug sogar ihren ersten Golfball in Carnoustie! Aber erst als wir Follow the Sun sahen, merkte sie, dass dieses Spiel vielleicht etwas an sich hatte. Ihr kennt wahrscheinlich den Film – es ist die Geschichte von Ben und Valerie Hogan und ihren anfänglichen Kämpfen, das Land während der PGA-Tour zu bereisen. Ich glaube, es gab war der Titel und die Tatsache, dass Golf überall gespielt werden konnte, was sie ansprach.

Aber wie passen Golf und Slow Travel eigentlich zusammen? Golf ist nicht wie Frisbee, wo wir einfach unsere Schläger in unsere Rucksäcke werfen und gehen können. Das Mitbringen unserer Schläger macht uns das Reisen definitiv etwas schwieriger. Dennoch haben wir uns entschieden, nur mit Handgepäck zu reisen, und unsere Schläger als unser Gepäck einzuchecken. Handgepäck für ein Jahr plus? Ich weiß… verrückt! Aber hey, wir haben unsere Golfschläger! Es geht um Opfer, richtig?!

Was Slow Travel ist, könnt ihr auf der Reise Seite von Menekse nachlesen.

Wir haben eine sehr lange Liste von Golfplätzen, die wir spielen möchten. Gegenwärtig umfasst diese Liste fast 450 Plätze. Und es liegt auf 6 Kontinenten in 43 Ländern! Können wir das schaffen? Wer weiß, aber wir werden es versuchen. Langsames Reisen von Ort zu Ort und Golfen, während wir dem Sommer hinterherjagen – das ist Quick Pars.

Istanbul Golf Club

Istanbul Golf Club

When thinking of the oldest golf clubs in continental Europe, Turkey doesn’t immediately spring to mind.  But, did you know that one of the 10 oldest Clubs in Europe is in Istanbul?  Istanbul Golf Club opened as Constantinople Golf Club back in 1895. 

While in Istanbul, Menekse and I had the sincere pleasure of visiting the historic Istanbul Golf Club (IGK).  But getting to IGK is no small feat. 

Ataşehir Golf Club

Ataşehir Golf Club

Istanbul.  Just the name itself stirs your imagination!  As the capital city of 3 former empires, Istanbul has everything.  A city of unmatched history, home to 15 million citizens plus, Istanbul is a true melting pot of sights, sounds, tastes, and cultures.  But, for everything that it has, what Istanbul doesn’t have is golf. 

Puttering around the World on Instagram
  • Stairway to heaven... Windy, the aptly named par 3 fifth hole, is the highest point on Kusadasi International Golf Club in Turkey, and affords some amazing views. .
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  • Some shots just feel better than others, even before the swing.  For Menekse, her most trusted club is her 'bread and butter', which others might call their 6 iron. 
Does anyone else have a name for their favorite club?
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  • The last three weeks we spent in Akbük with my parents. It was so wonderful,
eventhough the weather was cold and rainy, we enjoyed being together and
doing some daytrips to the surrounding areas. We went golfing, visited historic sights and had delicious homemade food.

The Aegean is just so beautiful we would recommend everyone to go and see it. The nature is pure, the people genuine, and there is so much to see.

We went to Milas, Milet, Didim, Söke, Karina, Doganbey, Ephesus and Bafa
Lake. Plan plenty of time if you visit those areas, just to have time to
chat with the locals, to enjoy a turkish coffee and to experience a slower
way of life.

Do you try to get in contact with the local people when you travel?
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deeply gives you courage." - Lao Tzu . .

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  • If you visit Ephesus in Turkey, you probably want to see the ancient Library of Celsus. A magnificent Roman building built between 117 and 125.
Have you seen it?
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  • One of our day trips took us to Bafa Lake. It is located in the nature reserve on the Latmos mountains and offers nature par excellence and a huge wildlife.
The lake is 25 km wide and 6 km long and was formerly part of the Aegean Sea.
Nature lovers and hikers will love it here. There is much to see, from quaint villages to ancient rock paintings. No matter where you start, everywhere is something new to discover. We began our tour in Sercin and took a little hike to the "old village". The old village was a little town where cholera broke out about 850 years ago and wiped out all life.  It is approximately 5 km away from where a new village has now formed. Most of the inhabitants here have olive trees.  The olives are harvested in bone-hard work. Depending on the type of olive, either olive oil is extracted from it, or the olives are prepared for eating. Along our hike, we meet some locals who tell us how hard the harvest is, and even though Bafa has the best quality olives, buyers won’t pay much. We start chatting and the people here are so nice and happy to tell us about their lives. Tourism has not stopped here yet, you can tell. 
After we have walked about 2 hours, we stop and have a small picnic. We eat nuts, bananas and delicious tangerines, which are as sweet as honey.
We keep looking for flamingos because we have heard that there are thousands of them here. In the late afternoon we finally spot them. Unfortunately, they are too far away and we can’t see and photograph them properly.
Around the lake there are many nice viewpoints for bird watching or just to sit and enjoy the view.
Towards evening we start walking back to the car, but not without drinking a Turkish mocha in Sercin itself. We talk to Aydin, who works here for the tourism board and learn from him what other great places there are around the lake. We will have to explore them next time.
Incidentally, the town Sercin itself is known for its eel, which you can eat freshly prepared. And if you want to explore the area by bike, you can borrow bikes for free. Don’t miss Bafa Lake! It’s best if you plan a few days to see everything.
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  • "Road trips are the equivalent of human wings. Ask me to go on one, anywhere. We'll stop in every small town and learn the history and stories, feel the ground and capture the spirit. Then we'll turn it into our own story that will live inside our history to carry with us, always. Because stories are more important than things." - Victoria Erickson

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  • Getting goofy at the #templeofapollo ........................................................
We had the whole place to ourselves which gave us plenty time to take pictures, read all about the temple and enjoy ourselves.
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  • Time goes by so too fast, especially when you enjoy what you do and where you are. Akbük is a little town which was our get-away a few years ago.  We came back again to spend some time with my parents at their place. Even if the weather hasn't always been like we hoped, we're so happy that we came back. Just being together, visiting, going for walks and relaxing is exactly what we wanted and needed as the start of our adventure. Akbük has been our happy place for a few weeks. Where is your happy place?
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  • No matter which country we visit, James and I love to try the local food, and of course, the local coffee.

Here we are in a small typical tea house in Turkey, where traditionally only men used to go. It is still common for men to go and drink tea or drink turkish coffee and also to play Backgammon or "Okay", a turkish board game, while the women of small villages gather together at home to talk of the days events. 
Who else loves trying local coffees? . . .

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