Els Club Desaru Coast

Jalan Desaru,

Tanjung Penawar, Johor 81930

  • Office

    +60 (0)7 878 0000
  • Pro shop

    +60 (0)7 878 0000
  • Golf pro

    David Lamprecht
  • Academy

    Els Performance Golf Academy (EPGA).

About the course

  • The Course:

    27 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Undulating terrain - golf cart compulsory.

  • Surroundings:

    Woodland with two beachside holes on the South China Sea.

  • Designer:

    The original course here was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr (1985). Complete redesign by Ernie Els (2015).

SSS or slope

At the same location:

Above distances are for the Ocean course's Lakes-Ocean combination. The Ridge-nine is similar in length to the other two nines. Also at Els Club Desaru Coast is the 18-hole Valley course (par-72, 7200 yds from back tees).






How to get there:

3 km SE of Desaru / 75 km E of central Johor Bahru.

Els Club Desaru Coast (Ocean course)

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.

Est. 1985

Els Club Desaru Coast is home to two top-class championship courses, the Ernie Els designed 27-hole Ocean course and the Vijay Singh designed 18-hole Valley course. The Ocean course involved a substantial redesign of the former Desaru Golf & Country Resort layout. The Valley course is largely a new design.

Comprising the Lakes, Coast and Ridge nines, the revamped Ocean course quickly gained recognition as one of Malaysia's top-rated courses. Most of the layout weaves its way between plenty of stylish bunkering as well as fairway hugging lakes and ponds of various sizes.

On the Coast-nine the par-4 1st and par-5 2nd make a beeline for the beach. After you've putted out on the second green, you can then take in the sea views at the beachside par-3 3rd. The par-4 4th brings you back inland for the rest of the round. The Lakes-nine lives up to its name, with water in play on all but the par-4 1st and 9th holes.

The Ocean and Valley courses each have their own modern purpose-built clubhouses, as well as shuttles to and from the resort hotels. With easy access either from Johor Bahru (by road) or Singapore (by ferry), the Els Club Desaru Coast is a golfing experience not to be missed.

List of courses: Malaysia - Johor


Who can play and when?

Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.

Must book in advance.

Green fees

Visitor fee, 18-holes: weekdays RM500; weekends RM600.

Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2021].

Other information

Golf carts compulsory. Golf carts are fitted with GPS. Caddies available.

Practice facilities


Did you know?

Formerly home to the popular but less developed Desaru Golf & Country Resort, the new Desaru Coast is one of Malaysia's most talked about golf and resort destinations. This top-quality seaside resort location now includes globally renowned hotels and resorts, conference centres, spa facilities, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh designed championship golf courses, a themed water park and a retail village.

Located in the state of Johor in the south-east of the country, Desaru Coast spans over 3,900 acres along a pristine 17 km unspoilt beachfront that faces eastwards over the South China Sea.

The golf facilities at Desaru Coast are managed and operated by Troon Golf, a world leader in upscale golf course management.

Published ranking

Malaysia's best courses (Golf Digest, 2022):
Coast-Lakes combination ranked 10th best; Lakes-Ridge combination ranked 11th best; Coast-Ridge combination ranked 12th best.


  • Desaru Coast Resort Hotels4 & 5 star

    Desaru Coast, Johor, Malaysia.

    Visit website

    The Desaru Coast resort destination now plays host to an enviable selection of top-quality hotels, including many world-renowned hospitality brands, including Westin, Hard Rock, Sand & Sandals, One&Only, AmanSari, Anantara and Arcadia. This wide variety of hotel options caters for golfers, families, business travellers, and those just looking for somewhere quiet and relaxing.

    • Golf at this hotel:

      Els Club Desaru Coast (Ocean and Valley courses).

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