Al Mouj Golf, Oman: Al Mouj Golf, regarded by many as one of the Middle East’s finest golf courses, is set to further its sustainability credentials by announcing that it has successfully retained its GEO Certified® distinction – a marque dedicated to recognising credible leadership in sustainability and golf.
Commenting on this achievement was Mr. Nasser bin Masoud Al Sheibani, CEO of Al Mouj Muscat:
"Al Mouj Golf was first certified in 2017 and this continues to be an important partnership for Al Mouj Golf. I am incredibly proud of the team for successfully earning our recertification. Their efforts represent an important milestone in the facility’s ambition to operate in a highly sustainable way and will help us elevate the impact of our sustainability practice; creating new opportunities through education and responsible leadership, providing widespread benefits to a broad spectrum of stakeholders and championing innovation to set new benchmarks in such a crucial sector.”
In recent years, the course managers at Al Mouj Golf have undertaken significant work to enhance the natural character and biodiversity of the course, also reducing the consumption of water and other vital natural resources, while also contributing to national goals on priority issues such as combating desertification; protecting groundwater supplies; converting to clean, renewable energy; stimulating the circular economy; and engaging youth and communities in healthy recreation.
GEO Foundation is the international not-for-profit dedicated to helping golf to deliver and be recognised for a positive impact for people and nature. Inspiring golf to fully embrace sustainability and promoting a shared understanding of issues and solutions, working with and through industry associations and businesses. Strengthening the reputation of golf clubs and developments and helping golf celebrate great golf environments on the basis of a new collection of real-world data and highlights.
Jonathan Smith, Executive Director, GEO Foundation praised the progress made and results generated: “We’re extremely impressed by the ever strengthening commitment, action and results shown by Al Mouj Golf and we congratulate the entire team at Al Mouj Muscat for their support and commitment to environmental and sustainability programs within the community.”
Smith continued: “So often sustainability initiatives are side projects, piecemeal or designed to do the minimum on compliance - and therefore can fail to become fully embedded into brand and culture. Al Mouj demonstrates the opposite and is an example of how to embed environmental responsibility and social value into all aspects of operations and brand. For this, they are to be very highly commended.”
Two important Continuous Improvement Points from the club’s previous certification have been successfully addressed. The first of these was the naturalisation of out-of-play areas, which comprised 2 hectares of tee surrounds being naturalised, resulting in a 350m3 reduction in annual water consumption. Secondly, 500 sprinkler heads were relocated as part of an audit for better spacing and more efficient coverage.
The Greg Norman designed course is nestled along a two kilometre stretch of the Indian Ocean in the Sultanate of Oman, with the Hajjar mountains standing tall over the lush green grass, bunkers, natural dunes and water hazards found at Al Mouj Golf. Winners of the 2019 IAGTO sustainability award for community value, Al Mouj offers a unique biodiversity with the 173 different bird species being an integral part of this.