Over 750,000m3 of earth has now been moved to start the creation of Oman’s first PGA Links golf course designed by the legendary Greg Norman at The Wave, Muscat. With the appointment of the internationally renowned Southern Golf Oman as the Golf Course Construction Contractor, the 18-hole standard course, inclusive of a dedicated academy, driving range and floodlit par 3 practice facility is expected to fully open in 2011 with the initial 9-hole golf facility scheduled for the end of 2010.
Capitalizing on The Wave, Muscat’s ideal location in the heart of the capital, all holes of the links-style golf course will enjoy direct ocean views with several holes lying directly adjacent to the sea. A Golf Clubhouse is currently under design and development and will be constructed to open once the full 18 holes course is operational. “The course at The Wave, Muscat compliments our extensive range of home and lifestyle options and is one facet of making it the ideal destination of choice for both residents and visitors alike,” expressed Michael Lenarduzzi, CEO of The Wave, Muscat.
With the development of grass courses and the recent formation of the Oman Golf Association, these advancements should take golf to new and exciting levels, making the sport more accessible for the residents of Oman. “This world class Greg Norman golf course will no doubt help promote Oman as an international golfing destination and contribute to the development of the thriving national tourism industry. Against its breath-taking natural backdrop of dramatic hajjar mountains and pristine sea, Oman will undisputedly rank amongst the best and most unique golfing experiences, adding to the existing charm and unique character of the country,” he said.
Recognized as the premier signature golf course designers and architects in the world, Greg Norman Golf Course Design has opened more than seventy courses on six continents. Founded by Greg Norman, one of the most prolific international players in the game’s history, his wealth of experience in playing many of the world's great golf courses over the span of his 25-year career has served as a catalyst to develop his interest in golf course design.
Norman's golf courses have garnered numerous prestigious awards for an unparalleled design philosophy that emphasizes aesthetics and playability, resulting in courses that blend seamlessly with their surroundings and appear as if they have been a natural component of the landscape for generations. Many of the projects have also been awarded the coveted Audubon Society Award for environmental stewardship.
A dedicated representative from the Greg Norman Golf Course Design team has been supervising all works to date and will continue this role throughout the construction period to ensure the timely completion of a world-class course that is challenging, playable and one that creates a memorable golf experience for players of all skill levels while promoting the development of the sport in Oman.