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Golf Monthly - - Contents - Words Jeremy Ell­wood Pho­tog­ra­phy Kevin Mur­ray

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.

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