About Ernie Els Design

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

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.

Ernie Els 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 practice. The company employs the most experienced staff – including leading architect Greg Letsche as its senior design associate – and the latest technology from its two offices in Florida and South Africa. With additional field offices in Malaysia and Dubai, the company provides a near 24-hour service and applies the latest technologies and expertise to service our development partners and clients throughout the world.

Since its formation in 2000, the company has received global recognition with a string of prestigious accolades. Notably, in 2015 Ernie was voted ‘Designer of the Year’ at the World Golf Awards. In addition, many of Ernie’s signature courses have won prestigious industry awards including ‘Best New Golf Course in the World’ for The Els Club Teluk Datai (pictured below) 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’.

Els Club Teluk Datai 2015 pic4

Meanwhile, other courses in the portfolio have hosted Tour events. Indeed, when the Els-designed Albany in the Bahamas was the venue for the PGA TOUR’s Hero World Challenge in December 2015, it became the fifth Ernie Els designed course to host a professional tour event, following The Els Club Dubai (Dubai Open Golf Championship), The Els Club Copperleaf (Tshwane Open), Anahita Four Seasons Golf Resort (Mauritius Golf Masters and 2016 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, the first ever tri-sanctioned tournament by the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour) and Wentworth West Course (BMW PGA Championship).

Currently there are 12 Ernie Els Design courses open for play, another 10 in various stages of planning and construction, with many more exciting projects in the pipeline. In addition, the company’s portfolio extends beyond the golf course to feature the exclusive Els Club Collection, featuring the Els Performance Golf Academy, Els Club Estates, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, along with an award winning wine portfolio created by Ernie Els Wines in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, Stellenbosch.

For more information telephone the Ernie Els Design offices +1.561.625.8676 or email info@ernieels.com.

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