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Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman Image Credit: Supplied

Al Mouj Golf is celebrating having won the International Environmental Golf Club Award at the 2023 Golf Environment Awards, a UK-based programme that recognises excellence in environmentally sustainable practices within the sport.

Organised by the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), Golf Environment Awards reward outstanding clubs for how they protect and preserve their natural surroundings.

Al Mouj Golf has a long-term commitment to driving sports tourism and to preserving nature and is both a haven for wildlife and a model for sustainability, and it is one of only 20 clubs worldwide to be certified by both Audubon International and Golf Environment Organisation (GEO) for environmental excellence. This latest accolade recognises how brilliantly it demonstrates efficient management across the areas of Nature Conservation Management, Turfgrass Management, Waste and Water Management.

Sport - Golf - Al Mouj
Al Mouj Golf is a haven for wildlife, offering a habitat for 173 different species of bird Image Credit: Supplied

Al Mouj Muscat CEO Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, commented: “It has been a great month for Al Mouj Golf and extremely gratifying to earn global recognition once again. As leaders in sustainability, we are seeing tangible results from introducing environmental initiatives and practices, achieving an increase in habitat varieties whilst at the same time improving playing experiences for golfers and providing a positive contribution to wildlife.

“Ten years ago, our Greg Norman designed course opened its doors as the first ever links course in the Sultanate and since then it has had a significant impact on sports and leisure tourism in Oman. In addition to being custodians of our country’s incredible natural beauty, we are innovators who create opportunities for people from all over the world to come and enjoy our natural environment.”

Al Mouj Golf preserves its five freshwater ponds which are habitats for 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.