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The Els Club Teluk Datai, Malaysia voted 'World’s Best New Golf Course’  

The Els Club Teluk Datai has been named the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards, held at the Quinta do Lago, Portugal and hosted by British TV sports presenter Steve Rider. Just two weeks after its official grand opening, the stunning course - which sits amidst the tropical Langkawi rainforest stretching to the shores of the Andaman Sea - scooped the much-coveted accolade, voted upon by the world’s top golf travel executives and members of the media.

In further recognition of Ernie Els’ remarkable design, The Els Club Teluk Datai also collected the ‘Best New Golf Course in Asia’ award, rounding off an incredible evening. Upon learning of the early success for his first South East Asian creation, delighted Els said: “The news just keeps on getting better for the island of Langkawi and golf in Malaysia. The Els Club Teluk Datai is such a distinct and scenic property that it is impossible not to be blown away by the stunning landscape within which it is set. We knew that we had something special when we first set foot on the site and to see what we have been able to achieve fills me with a great sense of pride. The Els Club Teluk Datai has captured my attention, as I’m sure it will with golf lovers worldwide, and I certainly plan to spend time relaxing out there.”  

The Els Club Teluk Datai is set to play an integral role in increasing the number of inbound golf travellers to Malaysia, as is the vision of Destination Resorts and Hotels Sdn Bhd (DRH), the company charged to grow the nation’s golf tourism offering.  Tunku Dato’ Ahmad Burhanuddin, managing director of DRH, commented, “Words cannot express the immense feeling of joy that we are experiencing right now with the news of The Els Club Teluk Datai being voted both the Best New Course in Asia and the Best New Course in the World at the World Golf Awards.” He added: “The Datai site is a national treasure, and what Ernie Els and his design team have down with the golf course is simply amazing.”  

Both awards are a further demonstration of the building momentum and heightening interest for golf in Malaysia. Accepting both awards on Els’ behalf, The Els Club Malaysia Senior Vice President, David Townend, said: “To come away with two highly prestigious awards gives us great confidence in what has been created and the experience we offer our domestic and international guests at the Els Club Teluk Datai. These awards were nominated and voted on by the travel operators and media which tells us they really like what they see. “  

“The island of Langkawi is one of world’s most idyllic unspoiled gems, and with the international recognition and reputation we are garnering can only enhance the appeal of the nation’s golf and resort industry, which will generate valuable tourism dollars for the economy.  

“In a little over a year our Els Club Malaysia business model will further expand, with the opening of two sensational new properties in the southern state of Johor, with the 27-hole Els Club Desaru Coast and the 18-hole Els Club Desaru Valley in 2016. This is just the beginning of what we believe will complete an unrivalled golfing proposition in South East Asia.”  

The Els Club Teluk Datai is managed and operated by Troon Golf, the global leader in upscale golf management, which oversees operations at some of world's pre-eminent golf resorts, and owned by Destination Resorts and Hotels (DRH), an investment arm of the Malaysian Government.

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