Desaru Coast North, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Ernie Els Design has completed the detail designs and is now in the construction phase for some of Asia’s largest golf projects. These developments are located in two major leisure destinations in Malaysia, an 18-hole at the eco-destination resort Teluk Datai, Langkawi and a 27-hole at the much-anticipated upcoming integrated luxury destination Desaru Coast, Johor.

The 27-hole golf course will be one of the main attractions at Desaru Coast, a 17km beachfront integrated destination on the west coast of Johor that features an array of luxury resorts, hotels and golf residences, complemented with differentiated leisure and entertainment offerings to include signature golf courses, retail mall and theme parks, and all these are easily accessible with just a short drive from the Senai International Airport, Johor Bahru and Changi Airport, Singapore.

These courses will represent a new benchmark of excellence and sustainable design on behalf of their client, Destination Resorts. Destination Resorts is the investment holding company established by the Malaysian Government’s investment arm, to develop and manage world-class premier destinations, resorts and hotels within its Leisure and Tourism portfolio.

“As a course designer, I feel so fortunate to be working with Destination Resorts and to be awarded with some of the most beautiful terrain in Asia,” commented Ernie. “Our clients and I share the same vision; and am confident our work here will set a new standard, leaving a lasting legacy for Malaysian golfers and the region as a whole”.

Els’ design team is also providing technical services for another golf course at Desaru Coast, an 18-hole layout for Vijay Singh. The earth movement for Vijay’s course will begin in June 2012. In addition, Ernie Els Design and Destination Resorts are also working together to develop Els Residences, the Els Performance Academy as well as an Els Club in Desaru Coast, which will be exclusive for the region.

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