Inspired by heritage, released with passion and delivered by the world’s best, The Els Club Desaru Coast is set to change Malaysia’s golfing landscape forever
Themed Attractions Resorts & Hotels, the catalyst for the leisure and tourism industry in the region marked another historic day for the golf industry in Asia with the launch of The Els Club Desaru Coast – The Ocean Course. The development will ultimately see the introduction of two championship golf courses with The Valley Course joining its neighbouring The Ocean Course later this year. The Els Club Desaru Coast is part of the highly anticipated integrated destination of Desaru Coast’s master-plan and is the first amenity to open this year.
TAR&H has been entrusted by the investment arm of the Malaysian government to enrich Malaysia’s tourism landscape by developing, managing and operating sustainable destinations and attractions. TAR&H’s current portfolio includes one of the most stunning courses within the Els Club collection; The Els Club Teluk Datai, the award winning The Datai Langkawi and the sixth LEGOLAND in the world and the first in Asia; LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort“The Els Club Desaru Coast is one of our most inspired projects to date,” commented four-time Major Champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Ernie Els. “The destination master-plan is epic and I am extremely proud to further my relationship with Malaysia, and our partners at TAR&H.”
The Els Club Desaru Coast will look to build on the successes achieved by its sister club, The Els Club Teluk Datai, which was awarded the coveted World Golf Awards title of ‘The Best New Golf Course in the World’ in 2014, and more recently being ranked #83 in Golf Digest’s list of the ‘Greatest Golf Courses in the World’. Both properties make up the coveted The Els Club Malaysia brand, which has attracted a great deal of interest from golfers across the region.
“We are excited to once again be part of the industry player to redefine standards in the regions golf offering that made Malaysia as Asia’s Best Golf Destination for two consecutive years since 2014. The launch is very timely to complement the quality and beauty of Desaru Coast development,” commented Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TAR&H. “Ernie has shown his class throughout the design process and has created a gem, that will inject excitement into the market place and give the destination a strong footing in its evolution to become one of the region’s most revered tourism hubs.”The Els Club Desaru Coast will feature The Ocean Course, a 27-hole complex designed by Ernie Els, as well as a second 18-hole golf course, The Valley Course, designed by Els’ long-term friend and fellow Major Champion, Vijay Singh. The Ocean Course is home to three loops of nine – The Coast, The Lakes and The Ridge courses. They will be played in a variety of combinations, each with a distinct character and playing experience. The clubhouse will be home to the Big Easy Bar & Grill; the first of its kind in Asia, a relaxed terrace café, 261 where golfers can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and views of the course, a fully stocked pro-shop and all the amenities golfers would expect to find at a club of this stature. In addition, the golf development will be home to the Els Performance Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art practice facility, including a par-3 course and series of practice tees and short game areas. The Els Club Desaru Coast will be managed by Troon Golf, the world’s leading brand golf management.
The integrated destination of Desaru Coast spans over 3,900 acres along a pristine 17km beachfront facing the South China Sea, and is easily accessible via road, air and sea. The destination will also be home to renowned hospitality brands for luxury resorts and lifestyle products. The first phase of development will also see the introduction of Aman Resort & Villas, Westin Desaru Resort, Anantara Desaru, Branded Luxury Resort and Branded Themed Family Resort. Additionally, Desaru Coast will also feature The Riverine, a waterfront landscape retail and lifestyle village and Desaru Adventure Water Park, a themed water park. The corporate sector will also enjoy The Desaru Conference Centre, a modern-style development, located adjacent to Westin Desaru Resort, which will be the perfect host for any event.