Legendary Golfer Greg Norman tours The Wave, Muscat

21 May 2011Back

Designer of the Sultanate's first sea facing PGA Links golf course at The Wave, Muscat, legendary golfer Greg Norman inspected the progress of the various construction phases that are advancing at an exceptional pace. The Former No 1 world golfer also held an exclusive golf clinic for members of the Omani Golf Committee and junior golfers through a range of his signature techniques at the Sales Centre Golf green.

During his second visit to the Sultanate, Norman reviewed the finalization of the shaping of the first 9-holes as well as the progress of the Golf Academy, driving range and floodlit par 3 practice facility. With over 1,000,000m3 of earth moved, the entire course is scheduled for completion, in 2011.

"I am very happy to be back in Muscat, to see the first hand progress of the golf course on-site at The Wave, Muscat" expressed Greg Norman. "I fell in love with Oman when I first visited several years ago. Since then, I have felt a great deal of responsibility to create not only a championship golf course, but a very memorable golf experience that incorporates the character of the magnificent land forms and flora found in Oman. Upon completion, the golf course will be one of the most beautiful and unique golf courses that we have ever built. "

Michael Lenarduzzi, Chief Executive Officer, The Wave, Muscat added, "Having the opportunity to draw from the expertise and experience of one of the most prominent and successful golfers in the world paves the way in our quest to provide the Sultanate with the ultimate golfing experience. This is a reflection of our high delivery standards, as we create a truly integrated lifestyle brand where residential, leisure, entertainment and sports facilities are centralized in the heart of the capital."

Lenarduzzi went on to say that Greg Norman Golf Course Design (GNGCD) have managed to capture the true essence of the beautiful and scenic Omani landscape through their visionary design philosophy, supporting The Wave, Muscat in positioning the Sultanate as a premier international golfing destination.

The signature course design is reflected through the recent formation of the courses' headlands at the tip of the sea-side as well as the dramatic shaping of the dunes that surround the course, as a defining architectural feature. The first 9-hole facility is scheduled to open by end of 2010. Both irrigation lakes have been successfully excavated and the supply of water has now been established with Haya Water.

The four-hectare grass nursery, the golf courses' 'turf farm' continues to grow and is now significantly green enough to be spotted by aerial view from above the Sultanate. The speed of this growth is attributed to the on-going dedication and expertise of GNGCD's on-site team and Southern Golf Oman LLC.

From project master planning and construction consultation to on-site design, the world's premier signature golf course designer and architect, brings an unmatched design philosophy which is guided by intimate knowledge of site characteristics and aims to create an environmentally sustainable, challenging and playable golf course.

From the onset, The Wave, Muscat aimed at popularizing golf locally and enhancing sports tourism by providing a world acclaimed facility for residents and visitors. In recent years, the sport has been gaining national momentum with the formation of the Omani Golf Committee and an active National Team. Golf is now appealing to a wider range of athletes and sports enthusiasts from all ages and a number of specialized golfing leagues are also active including the Oman Open Men, Oman Open Women and Oman Open Juniors Championships