By Baron Henri Estramant.
Under the high patronage of His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, Oman’s Minister of Heritage and Culture, the “Kais Golf Celebration” took place on Saturday, 31 January 2015 as a way to ceremoniously open the new clubhouse, unveil the Ghala Golf Club’s new corporate brand and marketing identity.
For Ghala Golf Club Chairman, His Highness Sayyid Taimur bin As’ad Al Said, the valley club should further internationalise and become a hub for golf tourists visiting Oman.
In fact, a plethora of expatriates of British, US American, Indian, Dutch and French extraction were at hand to partake in the celebrations for one of the sultanate’s prime golf courses along with Muscat Hills. Both courses were in fact very much the vision of the late Sayyid Kais bin Tariq Al Said (1952-2011), chairman of the Ghala Golf Club from 1989 to 2011. Sayyid Kais is fondly remembered as a golfing pioneer in Oman, who helped shift the focus of golfing from leisure to a professional competitive sport.
During the award ceremony for winners of the first tournament, Sayyid Kais was further remembered through a special golf memento presented to one of his sons, His Highness Sayyid Azzan bin Kais Al Said, who attended the event in representation of his family.
Ghala Valley Golf Club caters to Omani and foreigners alike, particularly offering top golf facilities to business people staying in Oman for limited periods. The fully fledged facilities overlook the pulchritudinous 18-hole grass golf course.
Ghala Golf Club consists of a brand new club house, pro shop, driving range, a fine dining restaurant, an outside terrace with entertainment lawn, showers and changing facilities, rental club facilities, golf cart and caddy hire as well as chipping and putting facilities.
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