Attracting golfers throughout the region the Golf Oman Amateur Opens are growing year on year and are the highlight of Oman’s amateur tournaments. Rotated between the 18 hole courses in Oman and played over two days, this flagship event was first hosted in 2010 and is the first major event on the Oman Golfing Calendar.
The field is currently open for all to participate but the 2018 edition will see for the first time qualification criteria which will be linked to the 2017 Oman Order of Merit. The top 20 golfers from each of the four clubs will receive an invite to play in the event. Exemptions will be given to all Omani National squad players and past winners.
|2010||Muscat Hills||Ian Morrison|
|2011||Muscat Hills||Jilan Jenggi|
|2012||Ghala Golf Club / Muscat Hills||Azaan Al Rumhy|
|2013||Muscat Hills||Jeff Campbell|
|2014||Ghala Golf Club||Jeff Campbell|
|2015||Muscat Hills||Nasser Yaqoob|
|2016||Al Mouj Golf||Sultan Abdulla Sultan|
|2017||Ghala Golf Club||Nasser Yaqoob|
|2018||Ghala Golf Club||Nasser Yaqoob|
|2010||Muscat Hills||Okkie Van Rossem|
|2011||Muscat Hills||Jameela Daud|
|2012||Ghala Golf Club / Muscat Hills||-|
|2013||Muscat Hills||Sanjoli Singh|
|2014||Ghala Golf Club||Jackie Frannsen|
|2015||Muscat Hills||Susan Mclnnes|
|2016||Al Mouj Golf||Lynn Casey|
|2017||Ghala Golf Club||Lynn Casey|
|2018||Ghala Golf Club||Lynn Casey|
|2015||Muscat Hills||Rashad Al Harthi|
|2016||Al Mouj Golf||Fahad Al Kitani|
|2017||Ghala Golf Club||Ali Salmeen|
|2018||Ghala Golf Club||Ali Salmeen|
|2017||Ghala Golf Club||Matthew O'Donoghue|
|2018||Ghala Golf Club||Mohammed Al Aathem|
|2018||Ghala Golf Club||Ayman Al Busaidi|
|2005||Ghala Golf Club||Paul Sharples|
|2006||Ghala Golf Club||C. Lee|
|2007||Ghala Golf Club||Paul Sharples|
|2008||Ghala Golf Club||M Al Whahaibi|
|2009||Ghala Golf Club||Paul Sharples|
|2010||Ghala Golf Club||K Taylor|
|2011||Ghala Golf Club||G Durreim|
|2012||Ghala Golf Club||Sachin Bawa|
|2013||Ghala Golf Club||Sachin Bawa|
|2014||Ghala Golf Club||Ali Hameed|
|2015||Ghala Golf Club||Ali Hameed|
|2016||Ghala Golf Club||Ali Hameed|
|2017||Al Mouj Golf||Allan Middleton|
|2018||Ras Al Hamra||Allan Middleton|
The Sultanate of Oman is often referred to as the hidden jewel at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula.
Despite Oman’s rapid transformation into a modern society since His Majesty Sultan Qaboos ascended the throne in 1970 the country has retained its heritage, traditions, and values. This, combined with the world-renowned Omani hospitality, makes Oman the ideal destination for travellers looking to experience authentic Arabia.
Oman’s landscape is varied, from the tall mountains and deep gorges of the Al Hajar range, to water-filled wadis, endless unspoilt beaches and some of the world’s most stunning desert landscapes, the diverse beauty of Oman is evident in every part of the country.
Oman’s appeal to travellers is as diverse as its landscape, from world class luxury beach hotels to adventure filled backpacking, Oman offers many unique holiday experiences. Tourism has been identified as a key area of growth and recently much has been done to make the process easier for those wishing to visit the Sultanate. In 2018 the new terminal at Muscat International Airport opened, allowing for an increased number of visitors and vastly improving the experience for those using it. Several high-profile hotel brands have recently opened, or are in the final stage of construction, offering a wide array of accommodation to suit all budgets. Local Tour Operators have recognised the need to modernise and engage with their international audience, offering a variety of experiences throughout the Sultanate.
Over the last decade golf has rightly taken its place at the tourism table. With five grassed golf courses, all within easy reach of the capital city Muscat, Oman can now be firmly considered as a golfing destination. The golf courses themselves are varied, from the stunning coastal links at Al Mouj Golf which is host to the annual European Tour Oman Open, to the two oldest courses in Oman dating back to 1969, Ghala Golf Club and Ras Al Hamra, playing golf in Oman can offer memorable experiences for all.
"Oman truly is a hidden gem, I did not know till my visit this time. It offers all a top pro golfer would like to have during the off-season. The weather is perfect, the people are hospitable and the Al Mouj golf course is just amazing. All these make Oman an ideal golf destination.”
Keith Pelley, CEO European Tour
The inaugural Oman Open was played in 2018 at Al Mouj Golf forming part of the European Tour schedule which consists of 47 tournaments across 26 different countries. Although this was the first visit for the European Tour to the Sultanate of Oman the journey began in 2013 with the Challenge Tour, the growth from a Challenge Tour event with a prize fund of $300,000 to a full European Tour event with a prize fund of $1,750,000 in less than 6 years has been astounding.
The 2019 Oman Open is set to be played again at Al Mouj Golf from the 28thFebruary to the 3rdMarch where Joost Luiten from the Netherlands will defend the title he won in 2018.
The event schedule will be as follows:
|25th February||Official Practice Day 1|
|26th February||Official Practice Day 2|
|27th February||Sultanate of Oman ProAm|
|28th February||Tournament Day 1|
|1st March||Tournament Day 2|
|2nd March||Tournament Day 3|
|3rd March||Tournament Day 4|
|Event||The Oman Open|
|Dates||28th February – 3rd March 2019|
|Venue||Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman|
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