The Wave, Muscat celebrates opening of Almouj Golf

29 September 2012Back

The Wave, Muscat, Oman's premier lifestyle destination, today celebrated the official opening ceremony of Almouj Golf under the patronage of His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin As'ad Al Said which was attended by dignitaries from both the government and private sectors as well as the legendary golfer Greg Norman, designer of Almouj Golf.

In his opening address, His Excellency Sultan bin Hamdoon Al Harthy, Chairman of The Wave, Muscat, said: "Almouj Golf is a world-class sporting, tourism and leisure asset for the city of Muscat, and one which we are truly proud to have on our doorstep. This milestone has been achieved in close cooperation with other organisations, governmental and private, to support and promote the sport within the Sultanate with the aim to develop the first generation of Omani golfers to represent our country in the international arena."

"Almouj Golf is the first Professional Golf Association standard 18-hole golf course in Oman and aims to be one of the 100 top golf courses in the world. The facilities comprise of a championship course, specialist state of the art golf Academy and floodlit driving range and par 3 course where golfing enthusiasts can practice their game into the evening. Yet, in creating this world-class vision, the development process stayed true to the principles of sustainable environmental design and responsible tourism, taking utmost care to protect the indigenous Omani flora and fauna on the development site itself", Al Harthy added.

Almouj Golf will undoubtedly play a key role in the promotion of sports tourism in the Sultanate by putting Oman firmly on the international golf map. As well as functioning as a key leisure asset for Muscat, Almouj Golf also aims to claim its place on international golf tour schedules.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Greg Norman commented: "It is a pleasure to officially open Almouj Golf here in Muscat, and to see the final product. I believe that, as the Sultanate's first championship course, Almouj Golf is leading the way for golf in the country and I am proud to have played a role in developing Oman's golfing talent. This is a beautiful course set within even more stunning surroundings and I wish all who come to play here a challenging and enjoyable round."

Located at The Wave, Muscat, Almouj Golf is the Sultanate's first Professional Golf Association (PGA) Standard signature golf course. The opening of this outstanding course marks the completion of a two-year staged development process to create the distinctive course architecture, comprising of Oman's first signature championship course and first floodlit golf course, the 9-hole par 3 and the first golf academy in the Sultanate.

Guided by a design philosophy which prioritises the specific characteristics of the site to develop an environmentally sustainable yet challenging course, Greg Norman took elements from the unique Omani landscape to create a course which echoes it surroundings. The silhouette of the Hajar Mountain range, of which the Almouj Golf course has stunning vistas, is clearly visible in the shape and positioning of the natural sand dunes at the course. Similarly, the intact natural water lakes within the course and the signature touch of brilliant white Omani crushed marble in the Norman bunkers create an authentic link between this world-class standard course and its Omani surroundings.