Golf course with no bunkers is best in Asia-Pacific

A golf course with no bunkers, redesigned by four time Major Champion Ernie Els, has been voted the best in the Asia-Pacific region at a prestigious property awards.

The Els Club Teluk Datai in Malaysia has been named the region’s ‘Best Golf Course’ at the 2014 Asia-Pacific Property Awards.

Els’ rainforest golf course

We recently featured Ernie’s new rainforest track as Global Golfer’s Course of the Month before it even opened because we were intrigued by his plans to shape a course in a dense and steamy one million year old rainforest.

Els Club Teluk Datai Malaysia

Ernie Els’ golf course with no bunkers in an ancient rainforest

Tropical setting for Asia Pacific’s top golf course

The Els Club Teluk Datai is on the island of Langkawi, Malaysia, in a setting you can only describe as tropical.

The first of two Els Clubs to open in Malaysia, Teluk Datai is without doubt one of the most intriguing golf course re-designs to open in recent times. The club is managed by Troon Golf, the international golf course operations business.

Owned by the Malaysian Government-established Destination Resorts & Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH), the course is nestled within an ancient rainforest featuring towering tropical foliage and blessed with unforgettable views overlooking the Andaman Sea.

Langkawi Island Malaysia

Views out over the Andaman Sea from the island of Langkawi and Datai Resort

The much-loved region of Teluk Datai is also home to the award-winning luxury resort, The Datai Langkawi, which is internationally renowned for its service excellence.

Datai Resort Malaysia

Ultimate luxury at The Datai resort, Langkawi, Malaysia

Together with Els’ new masterpiece they will play an integral role in realising DRH’s vision for the development of luxury golf experiences. Els has also been chosen by DRH to design The Els Club Desaru Coast, located in the southern region of Johor Bahru, completing The Els Club Malaysia portfolio.

Further information on The Els Club Malaysia is available at



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