The Els Club Desaru
The Els Club on Desaru Coast is one of Malaysia’s most exciting new resorts, with 45 holes of championship golf designed by two golfing legends; Ernie Els and Vijay Singh.
The Ocean Course is comprised of three loops of nine and opened in 2016, while the even newer Valley Course was opened in 2017 and is an epic 18-hole course. They are both managed by the renowned Troon Golf.
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Having opened in 2016 and designed solely by multiple major winner Ernie Els, the Ocean Course runs parallel to the coast and is one of the most beautiful golf courses you’re likely to play in Malaysia. The course is split into three nine hole loops; The Lakes, The Coast and The Ridge, all offering different layouts and test of golf. To mimic its designer, the course naturally exudes elegance and beauty while requiring strategic play, it really is an exciting challenge for both low and high handicappers. The signature hole is the par-5 2nd, which sits on The Coast stage of the course. The hole offers spectacular views of the South China Sea from start to finish and golfers are left to navigate through a narrowing fairways towards the immaculate, fast green. The course features golf carts which are allowed to be used on the fairways and are fitted with the most recent GPS system and off the course, extensive practice facilities including a driving range and short game area. The clubhouse at the Ocean Course is both large and modern and is the perfect respite after your round looking over the course and out to the sea. For a drink and some delicious local food, the 261 Bar & Restaurant is the place to go, named after Ernie Els’ record-breaking 72-hole score in the 2003 Mercedes Championship.
One of Malaysia’s newest courses, The Valley Course is the product of two golfing masterminds with Vijay Singh joining Els in the design process. The course is extremely dramatic and the undulating landscape makes for a different challenge on every hole. The white sand bunkers are strategically placed around the course perfectly represent the course’s theme, beautiful yet punishing. Accurate, clever golf will be rewarded with plenty of birdie opportunities while wayward shots will be met with tricky recovery shots but regardless of how you play, you’ll be in awe of the incredible views across the Desaru coast. The course is also home to its own 25,000 sq.ft clubhouse which includes its own pro shop, locker rooms and Open Plaza concept. The clubhouse is home to the Lembah Restaurant which ranges in cuisines from local dishes to Indian to Fijian.