The Els Club Malaysia Desaru Coast wins Malaysia Tourism Council Gold for 'Best Resort Course 2018'

20 November 2018

Malaysia’s leading destination brand is recognised for its role in growing the profile of the country’s tourism offering

The Els Club Desaru Coast has been rewarded for its dedication to growing tourism in Malaysia at this year’s Malaysia Tourism Council Gold Awards. This award marks a successful calendar year for The Els Club Malaysia, which is the home of three signature Els Design golf courses in two scenic locations: in Desaru and upon the island of Langkawi.

The Malaysian Tourism Council (MTC) Gold Awards are a prestigious event for the tourism industry in the country and made their debut recently at the Palace of Golden Horses, Selangor.

The award recognises the successes of national and international travel and tourism agencies, as well as outstanding private sector companies and individuals. They pay tribute to those who have excelled and supported the development of tourism in Malaysia and are the highest accolades for individuals and organisations whose outstanding contributions play a significant role in the success of Malaysia’s tourism industry. The award was voted on by a panel of experts who are leading members of the Malaysian tourism community.

After picking up the ‘Best Resort Course 2018’ award, Stephen Havrilla, Group General Manager of The Els Club Malaysia, commented: “The MTC Gold Awards are a highlight of the Malaysian golf tourism calendar, and we are thrilled to be recognised as the ‘Best Resort Course 2018’ by the experts in the industry.

“Achieving this award is testament to the entire team here who are fully committed to providing a first-class experience to all of our guests. Our goal is to attract golfers from all over the world to have the complete golf experience and become immersed in the local culture. We aim to leave all guests with long lasting memories and a desire to return again and again.”

The Els Club Desaru Coast is an unrivalled tourism destination, which spans over 3,900 acres and 17km of stunning coastline adjacent to the South China Sea. The 45-hole property, which encompasses the Ernie Els and Vijay Singh-designed Valley Course alongside the Ocean Course, provides golfers with not only the excellence and quality of an Els-designed layout but also beautiful surroundings and world-class facilities to hone their skills. These include The Els Performance Golf Academy, which is the first of its kind in the region, the 261 Restaurant - a relaxed terrace experience with golf course views created as an ode to Ernie's Open Championship successes at the Ocean Course, and the Lembah Restaurant at the Valley Course.

The amazing location, managed by Troon Golf, the world’s leading golf management group, attracts golfers and tourists alike from all over the world, providing a welcome boost to Malaysian tourism and broadening the appeal of the country’s extensive tourism offer.

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The Els Club Malaysia is the third Els Club in the world, following The Els Copperleaf South Africa and The Els Club Dubai. Located in two stunning destinations in Peninsular Malaysia, the island of Langkawi is home to the Rainforest Course at The Els Club Teluk Datai, while The Els Club Desaru Coast is home to the 45 holes of championship golf across the Ocean Course and Valley Course.
Managed by world-renowned management organisation, Troon Golf, the experience, service, and condition are of the highest order and bring a new standard to golf in Southeast Asia, giving members and guests assurance their experience will be first-class each and every time they play.

Situated on the mystical island of Langkawi, The Els Club Teluk Datai is renowned for its spectacular vistas of marbled mountain peaks, virgin rainforest and the emerald green Andaman Sea. Designed by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els, and opened in October 2014, the 18-hole championship Rainforest Course is located within Teluk Datai (Datai Bay).
Set in the heart of Desaru Coast, The Els Club Desaru Coast comprises two beautifully manicured golf courses that feature 45 holes in total: Ocean Course, a 27-hole golf course designed over three loops of nine (Ridge, Coast and Lakes) by 4-time Major Champion, Ernie Els and Valley Course, an 18-hole golf course designed in collaboration with Els’ long-standing friend and fellow major champion, Vijay Singh. The Els Club Desaru Coast is the second chapter under The Els Club Malaysia umbrella and was the first golf course to be created upon Desaru Coast when it opened in September 2016 in compliance with strict environmental practices.

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 Famer 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 practice. The company employs the most experienced staff – including leading architect Greg Letsche as its senior design associate – and the latest technology from its two offices in Florida and South Africa. With additional field offices in Malaysia and Dubai, the company provides a near 24-hour service and applies the latest technologies and expertise to service our development partners and clients throughout the world. 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’.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company, with now more than 250 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.


DUNCAN CAMERON - Director of Sales & Marketing
The Els Club Malaysia
The Els Club Malaysia, Level 11, Surian Tower,No. 1 Jalan PJU 7/3,Mutiara Damansara,Petaling Jaya,Selangor 47810,
Tel: 0173845150
Website: The Els Club Desaru Coast - Ocean Course