With the European Tour currently in the midst of its ‘Middle East Swing’, much of the attention has been on two established destinations and tournaments: Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
However, we reckon you should prepare to hear a lot more about Al Mouj Golf in the weeks and months to come. The host venue of the Oman Open – now in its second year on the European Tour having made a big impression on the Challenge Tour – the course has been widely lauded since it opened in September 2012.
Worth getting to know a little better? We think so…
The course is situated along a two-kilometre stretch of pristine coastline, flanking the Indian Ocean and with the stunning Hajjar mountain range in the background.
At 7,342-yards, the 18-hole Championship Course designed by Greg Norman is Oman’s first links style course and is characterised by its lush green grass, accented with bunkers, water hazards and natural dunes.
The venue played host to the country’s first European Tour event last year, with the world-class field highly praising the quality and condition of the course, as well as the venue’s world-class facilities. Following a successful inauguration, Al Mouj Golf will stage the 2019 Oman Open during the first weekend of March.
Al Mouj is a mixed-use waterfront development in Oman’s capital, Muscat. The luxury leisure and residential complex includes a marina, the golf course and club, international hotels, and residential and retail projects.
Away from the course there are several fantastic amenities, including the Walk, an exciting retail and social experience spread along the marina promenade and the traditional town square, which provides a unique leisure destination.
Things to do
At the Al Mouj Marina, activities from dolphin watching, sunset cruises and snorkelling can be enjoyed, while there are also a wide range of marine tours and dive charters operating from the marina to the UNESCO-protected Daymanyiat Island Nature Reserve. There, you will find a breath-taking exhibition of sea life, with sightings of whale sharks and turtles are a regular occurrence. Explorers and adventurers can also enjoy tours around the islands, fishing charters, PADI courses, jet-skiing, wakeboarding and paddle-boarding.
Where to stay
Al Mouj Muscat offers luxury living from its choice of apartments, villas and townhouses, which are inspired by the coastal villages of the Mediterranean.
The residential complex also invites guests to enjoy the hospitality of the two new premium hotels, Kempinski Hotel Muscat and Mysk Al Mouj Muscat.
The flagship hotel of Mysk is a contemporary and trendy theatre of life overlooking the marina, while the Kempinski Hotel boasts 310 comfortable and welcoming rooms and suites, state-of-the-art facilities, world-class restaurants and bars, and a fully equipped fitness centre.
Planning a golf break?
If so, make sure you check out the 2019 Travel Guide from bunkered. Available to read online, it is a 48-page digital lowdown on the best holiday golf destinations on the planet.