The Els Club at Desaru Coast has just opened it’s second golf course, the new Valley Course. The Valley Course – a 18-hole Championship Course – is built on an undulating area and measures 7,200 yards and is located just adjacent to the Ocean Course, which opened in late 2016. The Ocean Course is a 27-hole course featuring 3 distinct nine-hole courses; the Coast, Ridge and Lakes course.
Joint effort of Ernie and Vijah
The Valley course is a combined effort of Ernie Els Design and Vijay Singh and this latest golf course compliments the Ocean Course which is another Els design. According to Vijay, the Valley Course at the Desaru Coast has been designed to accomodate players of all skill level, but golfers need to stay focused. Vijay: “This is a one-of-a-kind golf course that will reward golfers for good play but penalise wayward shots. I also feel that it provides a real element of escapism for golfers. You find yourself on this tranquil corner of south-east Malaysia, overlooking the ocean and to Singapore in the distance. The atmosphere and location really set the tone and we think the golf course only adds to the experience of the Desaru Coast.”
Vijay has used his experiences across the globe to design the new Valley course. Vijay: “I would say the range of golf courses I have played around the world over my career has shaped my opinion on what makes a great golf course design. I try and approach the design as I saw the game; needing all the shots and rewarding well-placed and executed shots. When you get your hands on a great piece of land, like Desaru Coast, you can do this.”
The Valley Course
Considering its name – the Valley course – it is not suprising that the golf course traverses the valleys and streams of Desaru, providing a variety of shots and challenges. The 18-hole Valley Course has a distinct character, set by dramatic elevation changes and stunning ocean vistas. The course opening will elevate the Desaru Coast into one of Malaysia’s most comprehensive golf destinations. Not the least with the added appeal of two clubhouses, the Els Performance Golf Academy – one of the most complete training facilities – and the Academy Course, a brilliantly designed par-3 course.
Prices of the Valley Course are a bit higher than the Ocean Course. A green fee for The Valley Course will set you back RM 650.00 (650 Malaysian Ringgit is approximately 135 euro) during the week and RM 750.00 in the weekend. So, green fee prices are slightly higher than the Ocean Course. Bookings can be made via the Els Club Malaysia or via Leadingcourses.com.
Two locations in Malaysia
If you want to play at the Els Club in Malaysia be aware of the fact that there are two locations: The Els Club – Desaru Coast and The Els Club – Teluk Datai. The Els Club at Desaru Coast is located in the south of Malaysia, close to Singapore. The Els Club at Teluk Datai is located on Langkawi island in the north of Malaysia. So, don’t think you can easily play at both golf clubs, it will take some travel time (to say the least).
The Desaru Coast is a new development in Malaysia to accomodate more tourists. Desaru Coast opened its ‘doors’ in September 2016 with the launch of The Els Club Desaru Coast – Ocean Course. Soon after that The Hard Rock hotel opened and others followed or will follow. From luxury resorts and villas, to quaint riverside shopping, to a championship golf course designed by former World No. 1 professional golfer Ernie Els and a fun-filled adventure waterpark – no matter how you choose to get away from it all, you will find your very own perfect escape at Desaru Coast.
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