Johor Bahru, Malaysia: The Els Club Desaru Coast – Valley Course has celebrated its official opening, marking another milestone for The Els Club Malaysia portfolio.
One of the golfing world’s most-anticipated openings, the Valley Course was created in partnership between golfing comrades and fellow Major champions Ernie Els and Vijay Singh, and puts a seal to the golf development in Desaru Coast.
The Els Club Desaru Coast first hit the headlines in 2016, with the opening of the Ocean Course, designed by four-time Major winner Els.
The South African, however, trusted the vision of his great friend Singh for the Valley Course.
Muhammad Zainal Ashikin Muhammad Rejab, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Desaru Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (DDC), said: “The launch completes the golf development in Desaru Coast; paving the way for the introduction of Malaysia’s most anticipated new tourism developments that will establish this corner of Johor Bahru as one of Asia’s most prominent destinations.
“We believe that we will continue to see a rise in Malaysia’s golf tourism with the opening of the Valley Course. We look forward to welcome golf aficionados from all around the world to experience a unique and rewarding golfing holiday in Desaru Coast while inspiring others to embrace the sport.”
Host to two of the most exciting new golf course designs in Southeast Asia, The Els Club Desaru Coast is complete with state-of-the-art amenities, including two clubhouses and expansive practice areas.
“We wanted the Valley Course to be distinct, with its own true character that would provide golfers with a memorable challenge,” said Singh. “We used the undulations to layer in a series of high impact bunkers that will mean golfers need to think carefully about how to best navigate each hole.”
The Els Club Malaysia brand, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation that is managed by leading golf management company Troon, is committed to setting the benchmark for service and premium experiences.
As the first addition to The Els Club Malaysia portfolio, The Els Club Teluk Datai shot to fame in 2014, scooping several illustrious accolades.
The Els Club Desaru Coast, meanwhile, with 45 holes of golf (the 27-hole Ocean Course and 18-hole Valley Course) set out alongside the region’s first Els Performance Golf Academy and the Academy Par-3 course, makes this a comprehensive golf destination.
“Opening the Valley Course is a major step forward in realising the vision of Desaru Coast, and to have The Els Club brand as the first in a long-line of major developments at this special destination is a real privilege,” said World Golf Hall of Fame member Els.
“Ever since we embarked on this project, we have maintained our focus on the end product; one with excellence and distinction. All of this would not have been possible without the continued support from all our team and those from DDC.”
Ernie Els Design is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation while Troon is an Executive Member.