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The Els Club Teluk Datai, Malaysia, is celebrating after being voted as the ‘Best New Golf Course in the World’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards.

The club, which only opened two weeks before the ceremony, was designed by Ernie Els and has been constructed on the beautiful island of Langkawi.

“To come away with this award gives us great confidence in what has been created and the experience we offer our guests at The Els Club Teluk Datai,” said David Townend, senior vice president of The Els Club Malaysia.

“The island of Langkawi is one of Malaysia’s treasures and to receive such an accolade fills us with a great sense of pride and achievement.

“The addition of a world-class golf experience to the island of Langkawi will enhance the economic impact from golf tourism” – Bruce Glasco

“We are also moving forward with two other Els Club Malaysia properties on the mainland – The Els Club Desaru and The Els Club Desaru Valley – which will complete an unrivalled golfing proposition in South East Asia.”

The stunning layout sits amidst tropical rainforest to the shores of the Andaman Sea, and it scooped the coveted accolade voted for by golf travel executives and members of the media.

Bruce Glasco, COO & managing director of Troon Golf’s International Division, said: “This award is validation of the quality of our team’s delivery on site.

“The addition of a world-class golf experience to the island of Langkawi will enhance the economic impact from golf tourism, improving hotel and airline bookings, as well as local leisure and F&B revenue.”

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