Jordan welcomes first golf course, Ayla
Conceived with golf professionals and enthusiasts in mind, there are very few destinations in the Middle East that offer the prestigious facilities and serene surroundings provided by Ayla.
Designed by legendary golfer Greg Norman, the 18-hole championship course is situated at the heart of Aqaba’s newest waterfront development.
Offering a range of holes to challenge all abilities, it has been designed in accordance with environmentally-friendly principles.
Ayla’s world-class golfing facilities stretch over 120 hectares of lush and sandy landscapes and offer stunning views of the Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba and mountain ranges in the East and West.
Ayla boasts a par-72 championship course, a nine-hole par-three practice course, maintenance facility, golf academy and a welcoming club house.
Etched out from the desert, the grass was carefully selected to allow for year-round excellent play.
The golf course follows the natural terrain in the area and incorporates the native landscape of Aqaba with plenty of bunkers to challenge.
Water also forms an integral part of the facility and moves throughout the course – changing in presentation as it transitions from open water bodies to waterfalls.
To mark this historical launch, this October Ayla Golf Club will host the seventh edition of the MENA Golf Tour, building on its aim to become the premier destination for golf in both Jordan and the Middle East.
Abed Arabiyat, managing director of the Jordan Tourism Board, said: “We are very much looking forward to the launch of Ayla Golf Course after years of hard work and determination from all of those involved.
“We hope this great addition to the Gulf of Aqaba will further attract visitors and welcome golf enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world.
“The launch of our first golf course adds another dimension to Jordan’s tourism offering and marks a significant phase in increasing the profile of Aqaba with British tourists.”