Malaysia’s The Els Club Desaru Coast golf courses by Ernie Els, Vijay Singh


The 45-hole property in Desaru Coast, Johor, Malaysia 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 United Kingdom 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 the 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 and 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, 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.


Desaru Coast  

Desaru Coast is an integrated destination resort located on the south-eastern coast of Johor, Malaysia. It is home to a portfolio of internationally 5-star renowned hotels and resorts including Malaysia’s first Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and Villas, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort and Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. The destination 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.

Also, Desaru Coast 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 travelers. Desaru Development Holdings One Sdn. Bhd. is the master developer that operates and manages Desaru Coast. The company is a subsidiary of the Themed Attractions Resorts and Hotels Sdn. Bhd. group of companies.


Ernie Els Design 

Ernie Els Design is a full-service golf course design company wholly owned by Els, its principal, four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member. 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.

The 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. 

In 2015, Els was voted Designer of the Year at the World Golf Awards. In addition, many of his 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.

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