Wander and Travel to Malaysia’s Best Golf Course!

The Valley Course at The Els Club Desaru Coast solidifies its place as Malaysia’s Best Golf Course for a second consecutive year with another World Golf Awards™ accolade. This global recognition was conferred at the 8th annual World Golf AwardsGala Ceremony in Dubai this month. Part of the World Travel Awards™, World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations.

Set within Desaru Coast, recently listed in Time Magazine as one of the World’s Greatest Places of 2021, The Els Club Desaru Coast is made up of beautifully manicured championship Valley and Ocean golf courses surrounded by a wide variety of wildlife species in the Southeast of Johor, intertwining nature and panoramic views to offer an experience beyond golf.

The stunning and award-winning Valley Course was designed by three-time major champion Vijay Singh in collaboration with four-time major champion Ernie Els’ design team and is located adjacent to the 27-hole championship Els Club Ocean course.

Desaru Coast, in turn, is home to world-class hotels including Asia’s first, One and Only, Malaysia’s first Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and Villas, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast and the region’s largest waterpark, Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast.

“This is the best of times for The Els Club Desaru Coast. Huge credit goes to the Golf Course Maintenance team led by our Group Director of Agronomy, Sean Kinsley, for their relentless hard work and dedication in delivering a world-class golfing experience every time,” said Steven Thielke, General Manager of The Els Club Desaru Coast.

With international travel set to gradually resume in the upcoming months with standard health and safety operating procedures being adhered to, this is the perfect time for Malaysian golfers and golfers from across the region to discover The Els Club Desaru Coast and explore Desaru Coast for its great wide open spaces.” Thielke added.

In addition to the breath-taking vistas of the South China Sea, lakes and jungles, it is possible to spot and experience wildlife in its natural habitat. There are otters, dusky leaf monkeys, crab-eating macaques and white-handed gibbons, plus more than 100 different species of birds, including fish eagles, hawk eagles, black-winged kites, herons, whistling ducks, oriental pied hornbills, eight different kingfisher species; and the list continues for this spectacular tropical sanctuary for golfers.


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Jennifer Stewart | Accela | +65 8421 6170 | jennifer@accela.asia

Shiona Raj | Accela | +65 9649 6036 | shiona@accela.asia

About The Els Club Desaru Coast

The 45-hole property in Desaru Coast, Johor boasts two Championship courses designed by World Golf Hall of Fame members. The Ocean Course, designed by the club’s namesake and four-time major champion, Ernie Els is set on one of the most spectacular plots of land anywhere in the world.

Overlooking the South China Sea, the course can comprise of any two of the three 9-hole courses on-site, offering unique variability. Each layout has its own character and personal touches by Els but they all take inspiration from the famous links courses spread across the UK, with vast rolling greens and firm run off areas designed to place a premium on a sharp short game.

The Valley Course is an 18-hole golf course designed by major champion, Vijay Singh and jointly developed with Ernie Els Design. The course traverses the valleys and stream of Desaru Coast with significant elevation changes providing the most eye-catching vistas. The 18-hole championship golf course covers approximately 41 hectares with 187 bunkers.

Complementing the two fantastic golf venues, each course boasts a full-service clubhouse. The Ocean Course clubhouse is a dramatic masterpiece, at 45,000 square feet, it is also home to the 261 Bar and Restaurant; the ultimate 19th hole and the world renowned Big Easy Bar & Grill; set against the backdrop of the Club’s remarkably scenic golf course and the South China Sea vistas.

The Valley Course clubhouse is an al fresco dining area named Lembah; is a more traditional golf club set up. Each course at The Els Club Desaru Coast is fitted with state of the art practice facilities that include a short game area, grass teeing grounds and The Els Performance Academy. The practice facilities are the perfect place to hone one’s game. For more information, please visit www.elsclubmalaysia.com or email reservations.ecdc@elsclubmalaysia.com.

About Desaru Coast

Desaru Coast is an integrated destination resort located on the south-eastern coast of Johor, Malaysia. Recognised as TIME Magazine’s World’s Great Places of 2021, Desaru Coast is home to a portfolio of internationally 5-star renowned hotels and resorts including, Asia’s first One&Only Desaru Coast, Malaysia’s first Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. The destination also boasts a curated and refined mix of attractions and experiences, including The Els Club Desaru Coast with two world-class courses and the region’s largest waterpark, Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast. Desaru Coast also offers a fully equipped conference centre and tailored MICE programmes for businesses of all sizes. With wide-open spaces, 17 km of pristine beachfront, the destination is set amid a rich bio-diverse location and with great connectivity to the region, Desaru Coast offers the perfect beach escape for the most discerning of travellers.

Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn. Bhd. is the master developer that operates and managers of Desaru Coast. The company is a subsidiary of within the Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels Sdn. Bhd. group of companies.

About Ernie Els Design

Ernie Els Design is a full-service golf course design company wholly owned by its principal, four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Ernie Els. The international scope of Ernie’s 70 professional career victories is mirrored in the increasingly global reach of his designs, with signature courses and renovations making an impact in emerging and established golf markets alike. Ernie Els Design enjoys unique relationships with the world’s finest developers who share the company’s ambitions, creating attractive destinations that adhere to the principles of sustainable development and sound environmental practices. Since its formation in 2000, the company has received global recognition with a string of prestigious accolades. Notably, in 2015 Ernie was voted ‘Designer of the Year’ at the World Golf Awards. In addition, many of Ernie’s signature courses have won prestigious industry awards including ‘Best New Golf Course in the World’ for The Els Club Teluk Datai in 2014. In 2016, it also became the first layout in the Ernie Els Design portfolio to be listed in Golf Digest’s prestigious ‘World Top-100’.

About Troon Golf 

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with now more than 600 golf courses in its portfolio. Also specializing in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues, the company oversees operations at Troon Golf, Honours Golf and Troon Privé properties located in 36 states and 30 countries. Additionally, 53 Troon facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and Dubai UAE, Troon’s International division is committed to developing Troon’s presence throughout the world. This rapidly expanding division now oversees operations at 44 courses in 16 countries including Australia, the United Arab Emirates, England, Russia and Spain with further expansion planned across all regions. www.Troon.com

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