On the Tee
Almouj in Oman
With Middle East golf still in its ascendancy, the European Tour switched its Challenge Tour Grand Final from Italy to the Arabian Peninsula three years ago. After two years at Al Badia in Dubai, it moved south-east to Oman in 2015, where European Tour hopefuls played out the final scenes of a long season over Greg Norman’s stunning 7,300-yarder at Almouj in Muscat.
This dramatic layout – which has also hosted the Challenge Tour’s penultimate event – boasts a stretch of striking holes right beside the Gulf of Oman, a testing island green on its 150-yard do-or-die 14th and a par-5 16th that’s just shy of 600 yards.
On the inland side, the course plays against the stirring backdrop of the Al Hajar mountains – the highest in the eastern Arabian Peninsula.
Almouj also has a floodlit Academy par-3 course with holes from 50 to 150 yards, perfect for those times when the midday Middle East heat is a bit too much.