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Malaysia - The Els Club (Desaru Coast) Desaru Coast, to the southeast of peninsular Malaysia, is home to the Ocean Course and Valley Course. The 45-hole property boasts two Championship courses, each designed by a world golf hall of famer. The Ocean Course, designed by the club’s namesake and four-time major champion, Ernie Els is set on one of the most spectacular plots of land anywhere in the world. Overlooking the South China Sea the course can comprise of any two of the three 9-hole courses on-site, offering unique variability. Each layout has their own character and personal touches from Els, but they all take inspiration from the famous links courses spread across the UK, with large rolling greens and firm run off areas designed to place a premium on a sharp short game. The Valley Course, designed by three time major champion Vijay Singh is a completely different test. The small greens and sharp undulations mean that approach play must be precise in order to prevail against the course. The layout is as dramatic as you’ll find anywhere in the world, Singh used the slopes on the property to perfection, creating a perfect mix of testing shots and vistas that will provide memories to last a lifetime. Access to Desaru Coast is a 1-hour, 45-minute drive from Singapore, soon also to be connected by a 30-minute direct ferry service. www.elsclubmalaysia.com 21