Legendary golfer Greg Norman, who designed the first sea facing championship Links course of the Sultanate, has captured the true essence of the beautiful and scenic Omani landscape through his visionary design philosophy, thus positioning Oman as a premier international golfing destination. The course offers truly unique characters with each hole featuring something different from the last. He and his design team were mindful of maintaining the panorama of the ocean and the spectacular vista of the Hajjar Mountains. On a clear day you almost feel as if you can touch the mountains.
The course is designed in such a way that it can be played by the world’s best players and the average golfer.
The first 9-hole facility has opened at the end of 2011, holes 10-18 are scheduled to open in April 2012.
7,342 yards, par 72 championship Links course, minimum handicap ladies: 45 / men: 28, Seashore Paspalum grass.
Muscat Hills Golf & Country Club
Muscat Hills golf course has been designed by the internationally acclaimed golf course designer, Paul Thomas, of David Thomas Associates. The company’s design portfolio is impressive and includes golf courses at La Manga West (Spain), Seve Ballesteros Golf Club and the Top Players Golf Club (Japan).
Muscat Hills’ naturally undulating terrain could have been sculpted by nature exclusively with a golf course in mind. Built in its own distinct corner of Muscat’s rugged hills and etched by canyon-like wadis, the 18 holes have been designed to complement all of the natural features, while the lush green fairways and greens provide a startling contrast to the rugged desert terrain. The wide green fairways offer some relief for the ‘errant’ tee shot but to score consistently well, the generously sized greens demand accurate approach shots from the correct position on each hole.
When set up for normal play Oman’s first green golf course provides a fair and exciting challenge for players of all abilities.
6,383 yards, par 72 championship hill course, minimum handicap ladies: 45 / men: 28, Bermuda grass.
Ghala Valley Golf Club
Ghala Valley is unique in the Middle East. Built into a natural wadi (dried up river bed) it follows its course through a beautiful setting of mountainous backdrops and spectacular sea views. Originally created as a sand course in 1971, Ghala Valley Golf Club opened the first nine holes of its new grass course in December 2010 and the back nine will be completed in May 2012. Although a members club, it is open to the general public subject to prior booking.
Located at the foot of the Hajar Mountain range between Al Ansab and Ghala, the course is a tight valley course which at times can be unforgiving but for the average golfer can still yield some great scores.
6,400 yards, par 72 valley course, minimum handicap ladies: 45 / men: 28, Seashore Paspalum grass.