The Valley Course at The Els Club Desaru Coast named Malaysia’s best golf course at World Golf Awards in Dubai, UAE


The Valley Course at The Els Club Desaru Coast solidifies its place as Malaysia’s best golf course for a second consecutive year with another World  Golf Awards accolade. The golf course is located in Johor, Malaysia.

This global recognition was conferred at the eighth annual World Golf Awards gala ceremony at the Dubai Park Hyatt Hotel and Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 28, 2021. Part of the World Travel Awards World Golf Awards serves to celebrate and reward excellence in golf tourism, world-class courses and golf destinations. 


Set within Desaru Coast, The Els Club Desaru Coast is made up of beautifully manicured championship Valley and Ocean golf courses surrounded by a wide variety of wildlife species in the southeast of Johor. The courses intertwine nature and panoramic views to offer an experience beyond golf. 

The stunning and award-winning Valley Course was designed by three-time major champion Vijay Singh in collaboration with four-time major champion Ernie Els’ design team and is located adjacent to the 27-hole championship Els Club Ocean course. Desaru Coast is home to world-class hotels including Malaysia’s first Anantara Desaru Coast Resort and Villas, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Hard Rock Hotel  Desaru Coast and the region’s largest waterpark Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast. 


“This is the best of times for The Els Club Desaru Coast,” The Els Club Desaru Coast general manager Steven Thielke said. “Huge credit goes to the Golf Course Maintenance team led by our Group Director of Agronomy Sean Kinsley for their relentless hard  work and dedication in delivering a world-class golfing experience every time. With international travel set to gradually resume in the upcoming months with standard health and  safety operating procedures being adhered to, this is the perfect time for Malaysian golfers and golfers from across the region to discover The Els Club Desaru Coast and explore Desaru Coast for its great  wide open spaces.”

In addition to the breath-taking vistas of the South China Sea, lakes and jungles, it is possible to spot  and experience wildlife in its natural habitat. There are otters, dusky leaf monkeys, crab-eating  macaques and white-handed gibbons plus more than 100 different species of birds, including fish  eagles, hawk eagles, black-winged kites, herons, whistling ducks, oriental pied hornbills, eight  different kingfisher species and the list continues for this spectacular tropical sanctuary for golfers.

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