Steven Thielke takes on general manager role at The Els Club Desaru Coast

Steven Thielke

South African Steven Thielke has taken on the mantle of general manager at The Els Club Desaru Coast in Johor.

Managed by Troon Golf, The Els Club Desaru Coast is a 45-hole facility stretching along the north-eastern coastline of Johor, forming the centrepiece of the multi-faceted Desaru Coast resort project. The golf course consists of two separate layouts, the 27-hole Ocean Course and 18-hole Valley Course, designed by four-time Major winner Ernie Els with the latter being a collaboration with Fijian legend Vijay Singh.

In his most recent role, Thielke served as chief executive officer of TPC Kuala Lumpur where he oversaw the hosting of three of the nation’s largest golf tournaments, the Maybank Malaysian Open, the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and the PGA Tour-sanctioned CIMB Classic. He was also previously general manager of The Dunes at Shenzhou Peninsula in Hainan, China, as well as Fancourt Hotel and Country Club Estate, Glendower Golf Club, Wanderers Golf Club, Gary Player Country Club and the Lost City Golf Course in his native South Africa.

Valley Course, The Els Club Desaru Coast

“I am committed to continue to grow The Els Club Desaru Coast into one of the finest golfing facilities in Malaysia and South East Asia. It is a blessing to be part of the beautiful destination of Desaru Coast that includes such world-class golfing facilities, top quality accommodation providers and non-golfing leisure attractions,” said Thielke, who was originally in the hotel business before specialising in golf.

Both the Ocean Course and Valley Course boast their own clubhouses and excellent practice facilities, including full grass driving ranges.

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