By Katie Lowry
Not only is this the first links’ style golf course in Oman but it is also ranked one of the best golf courses in the Middle East. Greg Norman, professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the world's Number 1 in the 1980s and 1990s carefully designed this spectacular 18-hole par 72 championship golf course, which he impressively envisioned in 2006. Al Mouj Golf also won best course of the year in 2016 at the MEGA awards.
The breath-taking landscape and scenery are predominant characteristics of Al Mouj Golf with each hole exemplifying more beauty, meticulously thought out and planned by Norman who said, “on a clear day you almost feel as if you can touch the mountains.”
7,342 glorious yards alongside the Indian Ocean and the Hjjar Mountains, accented bunkers, endless green grass, water hazards and natural dunes. During your game along the untouched coastline you will be provided with a tricky but fulfilling course for both amateurs and professionals.
Winner of the IAGTO Sustainability Award for Community Value at the 2019 awards, the venue has played host to the country’s first European Tour event, Oman Open. Now in its third year, the highly regarded event has world-class players highly praising the quality and condition of the incredible Greg Norman design course. Eddie Pepperell praised the course saying, ‘‘Al Mouj is a must play if you’re ever in Oman. I’d say it’s the best course I’ve played in the Middle East.’’ Al Mouj Golf will again host the upcoming Oman Open from Feb 27 – March 1, 2020.
Complementing the Greg Norman-designed championship course are world-class facilities including a teaching academy and floodlit driving range, a floodlit par-3 nine-hole course, a fully equipped Pro-shop, and a restaurant to complete the experience.
Not only is this an exceptional golfing destination with a signature golf course, Al Mouj, located in Oman’s capital Muscat, is a mixed-use waterfront development with a luxurious residential and leisure complex which includes a marina, international hotels and residential and retail projects.
Around the town, you can expect low rise buildings, artistically designed structures in a calm white, sand and palm green shade as well relaxed street patterns portraying traditional Omani architecture with a modern touch.
This unique capital situated between the Hajar Mountains and the Gulf of Oman has plenty of exciting activities to offer after a quality round of golf. Treat yourself to Indian, Lebanese or Omani delights in the Old Town after a wonderful afternoon relaxing on the beach.
Why not visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which is just 6 miles from Al Mouj Gold club where you can admire the 300,000 tonne Indian Sandstone building exemplifying Arabian architecture at its finest.
There is also the Wahabi Sands which is a 4-hour drive from Muscat but completely worth it to see the golden sands and all that comes with it, whether you go to the desert for the day or spend the night. A huge range of flora and fauna live in this area with around 3,000 Bedouin locals who you may meet along the way. Sunsets, starry skies, camel rides and desert dawns are all on the agenda if you head to the astounding Wahabi Sands.
There are numerous stunning walks away from the course and if a spot of shopping is your cup of tea head down to the marina promenade and the town square where an exciting retail experience awaits along with some light evening entertainment such as community events and live performances.
“The Walk,” a high-end, energising retail experience stretches along the marina promenade where a variety of outlets, services and boutiques are widely available, all accompanied by a spectacular view of the waterfront.
Whether you would like to reside in a villa, apartment, townhouse or hotel in Al Mouj Muscat, the choice is yours and each will provide a luxurious and welcoming stay. You can expect elegant modern architecture wherever you stay in this Mediterranean costal village.
Kempinski Hotel Muscat and Mysk Al Mouj, both boast exquisite locations and hospitality and are the two newest premium hotels, which are simply luxurious. Mysk Al Mouj overlooks the marina and has a modern and trendy feel to it and is said to be “a curtain call of ever-evolving Arabian culture and design features inspired by the maritime setting ebb and flow.”
Kempinski Hotel has 310 rooms and suites with avant-garde facilities, such as a fitness centre and renowned restaurants and bars. Al Mouj Golf is located just five minutes from the Kempinski Hotel.
The Arabian Gulf is home to a large number of dolphins and if Dolphin spotting is on your agenda, then several companies run breath-taking excursions to see these wonderful mammals in action. You may also partake in a sunset cruise, overnight trips, diving charters or snorkel around the marina.
You can visit the UNESCO-protected Daymanyiat Island Nature Reserve from the Marina in Al Mouj, where a stunning plethora of sea life awaits, including sharks and turtles. Al Muhajer offers full-day and half-day cruises to the Daymanyiat Islands, as well as a range of snorkelling, fishing and diving packages.
If activities and thrills are what you seek on holidays then rent a jet ski, wake board, paddle board or even go on an adventurous camping trip. Dive charters, fishing charters and Island tours are also possible. For a high-end experience step on a beautiful yacht and travel around the Gulf of Oman where numerous activities are offered on-board. There are several companies to choose from depending on what kind of experience you would like.
If the Marina doesn’t tickle your fancy, head to the Bimmah Sinkhole which is a meteor-sized swimming pool and is known for the water’s unique shade of vibrant turquoise.
An Omani heritage museum, previously a prison built during the 1580s is a remarkable landmark certainly worth a visit, named the Al Jalali Fort. The Mutrah Souq, is the main market in Muscat where you can bargain your way through the day with the locals as a variety of items await in a stunning, traditional atmosphere.
The Muscat half day city tour is a must do if you would like to bask in the delights Muscat offers, in a short amount of time. In just four hours you will visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, wander through Muttrah Fish Market and the maze-line lanes of Muttrah Souk, take in Oman’s history at the Bait Al Zubair Museum and stop for photos of the Sultan’s Al Alam Palace, and the Mirani and Jalali forts.
With its’ extremely low crime rates, Oman is considered to be one of the safest countries in the Middle East. Oman has taken a neutral stance in the conflicts and although it borders Saudi Arabia and Yemen, it is deemed very safe for tourists.
Peak travel season to Oman is from November to March where pleasant temperatures and clear blue skies await. These temperatures during the above months are much more enjoyable than their roasting-hot summer months.
The new, state of the art, $1.8 billion terminal in Muscat International airport opened in March 2019 and will host 25 million passengers per year. From Ireland you can fly to London Heathrow where there are daily flights to Muscat from Heathrow starting at £141 each way. You can also fly from Dublin to Muscat, stopping over at Munich and Istanbul starting at €230 each way.
Al Mouj awaits your visit… visit www.almoujgolf.com