He began caddying at Istanbul Golf Club and started playing golf in 1992 at the age of 12. He progressed into the top amateur player in Turkey. He was the Turkish Amateur Champion in 1998-99. He was also a member of the Turkish Amateur Team from 1998 – 2000. With 20 Amateur titles to his name, the natural progression was to turn professional in 2001. He moved from Istanbul to Belek. Since being in the area he has taught at the Gloria Golf Club, the National Golf Club and also for Millenium Golf in Antalya.
He has been an integral member of the Cornelia Golf Club team that have made it the great facility that it is today. When The Leadbetter Golf Academies joined the Cornelia team, Academy Director David Louys-Moroney was very pleased that Uğur wanted to join the Leadbetter team to be a Certified Leadbetter Instructor and in 2013 he became a certified Leadbetter Instructor.
Ulas KARATAS - Teaching Professional
He began golf at Kemer Golf & Country Club in Istanbul and started playing golf in 1994 at the age of 14. In a short period of time he progressed into the top amateur player in Turkey. He was the; Turkish Amateur Champion in 2000&2001, Turkish Masters winner of years 2002&2004, Turkish Republic Cup winner in 2002. He was former Turkish National Golf Team member between 2000 – 2004 and played Mediterranean Games in 2000, in Tunisia and World Amateur Team Championship in 2002, in Malaysia.
He turned professional in 2005 and played on Euro Pro Golf Tour as well as at some Challenge Tour tournaments.He started to work in Leadbetter Golf Academy at Cornelia Golf Club in mid 2015 and he is involved in a special instruction programme to become a certified Leadbetter Golf Academy instructor.He is level 2 member of Turkish PGA and can teach fluent in Turkish and English, and basic in Russian.