Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal: Ernie Els’ Malaysian masterpiece, The Els Club Teluk Datai, has been named the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards.
Just two weeks after its official grand opening, the four-time Major winner’s stunning Langkawi layout, which sits amidst a tropical rainforest stretching to the shores of the Andaman Sea, scooped the accolade, voted upon by golf travel executives and members of the media.
In further recognition of Els’ remarkable design, The Els Club Teluk Datai also collected the ‘Best New Golf Course in Asia’ award.
Els said: “The news just keeps on getting better for the island of Langkawi and golf in Malaysia,” said Els, whose company Ernie Els Design is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
“The Els Club Teluk Datai is such a distinct and scenic property that it is impossible not to be blown away by the stunning landscape within which it is set.
“We knew that we had something special when we first set foot on the site and to see what we have been able to achieve fills me with a great sense of pride. The Els Club Teluk Datai has captured my attention, as I’m sure it will with golf lovers worldwide, and I plan to spend time relaxing there.
“Thank you to everyone who voted and a special thanks to the Troon management team on the ground who made delivering such a world-class product possible.”
The Els Club Teluk Datai is playing an integral role in increasing the number of inbound golf travellers to Malaysia, as is the vision of Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH), the company charged to grow the nation’s golf tourism offering.
Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, Managing Director of DRH, said: “Words cannot express the immense feeling of joy that we are experiencing with the news of The Els Club Teluk Datai being voted both the Best New Course in Asia and the Best New Course in the World at the World Golf Awards.
“The Datai site is a national treasure, and what Ernie Els and his design team have down with the golf course is simply amazing.”
David Townend, The Els Club Malaysia Senior Vice President, said: “To come away with two highly prestigious awards gives us great confidence in what has been created and the experience we offer our domestic and international guests at the Els Club Teluk Datai. These awards were nominated and voted on by the travel operators and media which tells us they really like what they see.
“In a little over a year our Els Club Malaysia business model will further expand, with the opening of two sensational new properties in the southern state of Johor, with the 27-hole Els Club Desaru Coast and the 18-hole Els Club Desaru Valley in 2016. This is just the beginning of what we believe will complete an unrivalled golfing proposition in Southeast Asia.”
The Els Club Teluk Datai is managed and operated by Troon Golf, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.