Ayla Golf Club is getting ready to host the first MENA Tour event in Jordan, signalling the dawn of a new era for golf in the land of mesmerising natural beauty.
The inaugural Ayla Golf Championship will see MENA Tour patron Darren Clarke join a strong field as they navigate Jordan’s first 18-hole all-grass championship golf course, designed by two-time major winner Greg Norman, in Aqaba starting from Thursday.
Overlooking the scenic views of the Red Sea, the course is considered Norman’s top three most sustainable golf courses, featuring solar-powered floodlights and eco-friendly paspallum grass that is fed using water from 19 wells.
“For us to be considered as a venue capable of hosting our first professional golf tournament within our first year of operation is both testament to the quality of the product as well as our collective team’s desire to showcase Ayla, Aqaba and, indeed Jordan, to a global audience,” said Sahl Dudin, managing director of Ayla.
With three of the top five on the Order of Merit standings, currently led by England’s Jamie Elson, it promises to be an absorbing contest before the winner is crowned on Saturday.
Elson (23,453 points) is followed by Sweden’s Fredrik From (19,021) while Luke Joy, is placed fifth with 16,420 points. There is one more event — the Sahara Kuwait Golf Championship — to go before the season-ending Tour Championship later this month.