Al Mouj Golf in Muscat, Oman has achieved GEO Certification for the second time.
Included in their haven for wildlife and sustainability, they have recently installed the use of tee markers as bird identifiers, with 18 birds selected from 173 spotted at the course over the last 10 years.
The signature 18th hole has the Pheasant Tailed Jacana which has only been sighted in Muscat once in the past 30 years, and that was at Al Mouj Golf back in June 2017. The tee markers help engage golfers with the wonderful wildlife around the course.
Al Mouj Golf has a long-term commitment to driving sports tourism and to preserving nature and it is one of only 20 clubs worldwide to be certified by both Audubon International and Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) for environmental excellence.
The club has five freshwater ponds which is a habitat for their 173 different bird species, and its partnership with Haya Water allows for the collection and composting of grass, plants and tree cuttings. In addition, treated wastewater is used for irrigation and the club retains and rejuvenates the natural Khor as part of its picturesque environment.
Al Mouj Golf has previously hosted professional tournaments with the European Challenge Tour’s National Bank of Oman Golf Classic from 2013 to 2014 and the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final from 2015 to 2017. They then upgraded to the NBO Oman Open on the DP World Tour in 2018 and the Oman Open in 2019 and 2020. Most recently they hosted the Asian Tour’s International Series in 2023.