Jebel Si­fah

Oman’s new 9-hole course is aimed at the “back bone of the golf in­dus­try”

Golf Digest Middle East - - Contents - BY KENT GRAY

Oman’s new­est course is aimed at av­er­age golfers.

cean vis­tas in­vari­ably draw the eye when PR folk ped­dle the first images of a new course, es­pe­cially one that is gen­uinely linked to the sea. Need­less to say, the sweep­ing Gulf of Oman views from the Mid­dle East’s new­est course are spe­cial but this in­cred­i­ble moun­tain scape at Jebel Si­fah GC is a spec­tac­u­lar di­ver­sion. The 9-hole epi­cen­tre of a yacht-dot­ted res­i­den­tial/ re­sort com­mu­nity by the same name, Si­fah GC has opened to rave re­views 65km south east of Muscat. Man­aged by Troon In­ter­na­tional, the par 36, 2843 yard desert-links was de­signed by Har­ra­dine Golf whose prin­ci­pal ar­chi­tect Peter Har­ra­dine is the an­tithe­sis of many of to­day’s con­tem­po­rary course de­sign­ers. Wide fair­ways, large greens and the ab­sence of “use­less” fair­way bunkers prom­ise aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing, re­sort-style golf where the nat­u­ral to­pog­ra­phy has been clev­erly en­hanced to of­fer strate­gic chal­lenge.

O“For once, the client wanted a course that would be fun for av­er­age play­ers.”

Pho­to­graph by Har­ra­dine Golf

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