The Els Club Teluk Datai
Opening in 2014 and swiftly taking the title of the World's Best New Course, Els Club Teluk Datai truly offers a spectacular golfing experience like no other.
The course, which has been rated in Golf Digest's top 100 courses in the world, was designed by Ernie Els and boasts an enchanting layout and beautiful scenery towards the neighbouring Andaman Sea.
Any golfers visiting Langkawi must do their best to play this mesmerising course, after all it is just 30 minutes from Langkawi International Airport.
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The course is surrounded by beautiful nature; as you play through the rainforest, the fairways open up to afford views of the idyllic Andaman Sea, with the Mat Cincang Mountain peak as an incredible backdrop. Each hole you play is different and has unique characteristics, making a round here one of the most exciting anywhere in the world. In total there are five holes that run directly next to the coast and are widely considered the best of the 18, with holes seven and eight boasting giant par fives that incorporate difficult water hazards and sharp doglegging which can be daunting for any golfer.
The condition of the course is incredible considering the extreme heat and rainfall that Langkawi can experience and given the risk of this, the course actually uses thick vegetation instead of sand hazards to eliminate the risk of bunker erosion.
This jungle course can test even the low handicappers with the challenges on offer, but the reward is the sheer level of beauty. Whether its the flora and fauna that grace the fairways, the views of the distant ocean or even the wildlife that are inhabited nearby, visiting golfers are sure to be in awe of this incredible golfing experience.Stats:
Opened in: 2014
Designer: Ernie Els
Tees: Black - 6760 yards, Yellow - 5369 yards
It comes as no surprise that the facilities at this amazing venue are in-line with the immense quality of the golf course. In addition the the state-of-the-art practice facilities including a driving range and full practice area, once finished with their round golfers will be given a personalised bag tag. In the clubhouse, The Hornbill Cafe is the place to grab a bite to eat overlooking the course while the luxurious Els Lounge is based on the top floor and boasts incredible views over the surrounding jungles.