Atkins helps shape Oman’s first PGA-standard golf course.
Oman's Wave Muscat Golf Course designed around the natural landscape.
Designed by the Legendary Australian golfer Greg Norman the course is a links style course that takes inspiration from the desert landscape where rugged naturally appearing dunes have been created on land partially reclaimed from the sea. Every effort has been taken to preserve the existing native character of the landscape by retaining the naturally occurring tidal lowlands (locally known as khwars) which add to the stunning seaside setting of this course.
Atkins were taken on board during the later part of the design stage to provide input into the design for the native landscape areas occurring between and around the playing areas of the course. "It has been very rewarding to be part of creating such a distinctive course and to be able to add to the biodiversity of this emerging landscape," said Thomas Swope of Atkins. "Already the khwars are attracting abundant wildlife and are particularly attractive to migratory birds that don’t seem to mind the odd stray golf ball," he added.
Located along a coastal band as part of The Wave development, this links course is marked out by the high number of holes that will be water-butting. Most golf courses have only a couple of holes that can be considered coastal, whereas The Wave will have a total of five holes along the shoreline where typically light winds will add to the challenge of the course.
“ Our client wanted a course which met the same world class standards as the rest of the development at The Wave Muscat and the involvement of Greg Norman has ensured that it will be a terrific place to play golf,” said Scope. Atkins’ landscape design for the native vegetation areas draws inspiration from the natural features of the site and its surrounds, and the planting is in harmony with the coastal environment, featuring native grasses, sedges, salt loving halophytic plants and mangroves. As the saltwater kwhars are tidal, planting had to be native species, while grasses are a predominant characteristic and function to secure the sand dunes. Artificial sand dunes have been created up to 8 metres in height undulating the playing levels and framing a dramatic backdrop against the ocean.
In addition to the landscaping of the fringe areas, Atkins work on the course included marine works and the design of around 50 exclusive waterfront villas. The course is part of The Wave development, located just north of Oman’s capital Muscat.
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Recent projects include:
Major infrastructure works, such as the design and programme management of the civil works for the Dubai Metro red and green lines;
Iconic architecture, such as the design, engineering and construction management of the Bahrain World Trade Center. This pioneering design is the World’s first example of large-scale wind turbines being incorporated into a commercial building.
Vital water and power projects that improve essential infrastructure networks, such as the district cooling system of Manama’s north shore, Bahrain. This is the Kingdom’s first district cooling system.
Arterial transport schemes, including rail, light rail and road. The Doha-Dukhan Highway in Qatar will the State’s two primary cities. Atkins provided transport planning and site supervision.
The delivery of major multidisciplinary projects such as The Wave, Oman. Atkins were commissioned to undertake the masterplanning and design, reclamation, marine engineering, landscape and environmental expertise and site supervision.