The Signature of Ernie Els
One of the most exotic golf courses in the world as well as in Southeast Asia is the Els Club Teluk Datai. This golf course opened for golf players in 2014. After grand opening, it was voted as the world’s inaugural golf awards by the best new golf course of the world.
Designed by Ernie Els, the Els Club Teluk Datai is located in part of northern Langkawi. This golf course is covered by the Andaman Sea in the East with an area of 8,000 acres. The Els Club Teluk Datai coils the way through an old rainforest of million year ages.
The par – 72 championship layout plays to a short 6,760 yards from the tips and is perfect for both beginners and avid golfers alike. The immense variety of lies, uphill and downhill with undulating fairways and greens, all combine to provide a rewarding Langkawi golf experience.
Given all the hilly terrain, the golf course is surprisingly flat on the front-nine. The cleverly designed sharp dogleg par-5 8th as a hole is one of the best on the golf course. There are more elevation changes on the back-nine, where the closing sequence of holes supplies some needed additional features.
Below are the outstanding holes during your golfing adventure at the Els Club Teluk Datai:
Hole 1: This par 4, playing 359 yards is a gentle start to your round. A decent drive to a generous fairway leaves a short iron into this slightly elevated green. Be sure to hit enough clubs as the tendency is to come up short to this slightly elevated green.
Hole 5: this par 3 playing 170 yards is one of the most picturesque holes you will find anywhere in the world. With the Andaman Sea as your backdrop, it’s easy to understand why this hole is called wised as this hole plays into the prevailing wind.
Hole 9: This slight dog leg left par 4 playing 365 yards is home to our resident troop of Macaques. A good tee shot here will leave you a mid iron into this deceptive green that slopes from back to front.
Hole 12: This par 5 playing 548 yards us one of the toughest holes here. A good tee shot leaves you a risk reward second shot into this deep but narrow green.
Hole 15: A par 3 playing 151 yards has some 100 feet of elevation change from tee to green. With a pond in front of the green, this hole is more intimidating than it looks. This hole generally plays a club shorter due to the drop in elevation.
Hole 18: The final hole is an opportunity to make a birdie. The par 5 dog legs slightly to the right where a good drive will leave the longer hitters a chance to go for the green in two, although the water hazard 60 yards short of the green is there to take away missed his shot.
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