A Backlash Targets Muslim Activists...And The Media Pick Up The Cry

In the polarized atmosphere of Turkey, where ardent secularists are pitted against Islamic activists, a new line has been drawn--in the sand traps of the country's first 18-hole professional golf course. "We have made a conscious decision to try and keep Muslim fundamentalist types from acquiring membership," says Melda Koshar, sales and marketing director at the Klassis Golf & Country Club, a resort set in the rolling hills of Turkish Thrace some 70 kilometers west of Istanbul. "You let them in, and the next thing they'll try and do is turn the 19th hole bar into a mosque."

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