Muscat Hills work in full swing
Published: 30/03/2008 9:49 am
The Muscat Golf and Country Club in Seeb will now be known as Muscat Hills
The Muscat Golf and Country Club in Seeb will now be known as Muscat Hills. The project's new identity, a golf swing, was unveiled by Sayyid Haitham bin Tarik al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, at an exclusive launch event last month. Muscat Hills comprises a golf course, an exclusive gated residential development, boutique resort hotel and country club and premium office space, retail outlets and entertainment options. It will bring the many benefits of championship golf to Oman and rank amongst the best golfing experiences in the region.
Prior to the launch, key members of the project, Dr Hussam al Rawahy, deputy chair of the steering committee; Dr Talib al Hosni, member of the steering committee; and Chandra Lahiri, group managing director, addressed the media on the progress. I can confidently tell you that the golf course will be visibly green by July and ready for play by winter. It will by far be the most spectacular and challenging golf course in Arabia. And given the spectacular topography, it will include both ascending and descending layout. The course will include two large lakes, a number of smaller lakes and a wadi among other hazards," says Rawahy.
A brainchild of Sayyid Kais bin Tarik Al Said, Muscat Hills' PGA standard 18-hole par 72 championship green golf course is designed by Paul Thomas of Dave Thomas Associates. The overall area of the project is 1.2mn sqm, of which 800,000sqm will be used for the golf course.
"The total built up area will only be 18 per cent as we want it to have a low urban density feel to the project," Rawahy adds. On the delays encountered so far, Rawahy said Muscat Hills was the first integrated tourism complex to be announced at a time when the laws on owning freehold property were still being finalised. "Work on the golf course would have required huge amounts of water, a critical natural resource. We decided for the wastewater infrastructure to be developed, particularly the Al Ansab water treatment plant. The golf course will be using only treated water."
The first phase of residential units comprising 80 deluxe villas and 25 exclusive apartment blocks along the periphery of the golf course have already been sold out. "The US$110mn contract has been given to L&T Oman and the housing units will be handed over by October 2009," says Lahiri. The final phase comprising high-value luxury homes in nooks around the golf course will be offered by invitation only. There will also be an academy, not only to teach the game, but also to train Omanis in golf course maintenance.