Valley Course opens for play

Photo by Kevin Murray

Johor Bahru, March 31: The highly-anticipated Valley Course of The Els Club Desaru Coast opened officially for play today, marking another milestone for The Els Club Malaysia portfolio. The Valley Course is a collaborative effort by Fijian legend Vijay Singh and Ernie Els Design, putting a seal to the golf development at 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 Ernie Els. The South African, however, trusted the vision of his good friend Singh for the Valley Course; a first-ever collaboration and one that raises the prestige and appeal of The Els Club Desaru Coast.

“Today’s 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,” said Muhammad Zainal Ashikin Muhammad Rejab, executive director & CEO of Desaru Development Corporation (DDC).

“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 here in Desaru Coast while inspiring others to embrace the sport.” added Zainal.

Strategic bunkering and elevation changes are key features of the Valley Course. Photo by Kevin Murray

The Valley Course, which lies adjacent to the Ocean Course, is a par-72 championship layout measuring up to 7,200 yards. It has been crafted around a series of undulations, providing impressive vistas around the Desaru Coast region. Bunkering is a major factor, placing the onus on a well-planned course strategy.

“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.”

Host to two of the most exciting new golf course designs in South East Asia, The Els Club Desaru Coast is complete with state-of-the-art amenities, including two clubhouses and expansive practice areas.

The Els Club Malaysia brand, managed by the world’s leading golf management company Troon, is set to become an international icon and set 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 in just its first year of operation.

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 one of the most comprehensive golf destinations in the world.

Hole 11, Valley Course. Photo by Kevin Murray.

“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 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.”

Guests will be able to book their tee-times direct on or choose from a series of bespoke packages.

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