The Els Club Malaysia welcomes new GM
Stephen Havrilla

Stephen Havrilla (picture) will take on the role of GM for The Els Club Malaysia.

He brings with him 19 years of experience of working with Troon Golf LLC, and will assume responsibility for operations of The Els Club Malaysia brand across both of its Malaysian destinations: The Els Club Desaru Coast and The Els Club Teluk Datai.

An avid golfer, Havrilla turned his hobby into a career when he became a member of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America in 1999. Joining Troon in 1999, Havrilla went on to work in a number of roles across several international destinations, such as Bahrain, India and South Korea.

Of his appointment, Havrilla said:“I am looking to continue to grow and improve both of our fabulous locations and make The Els Club Malaysia one of the world’s bucket list destinations, as well as growing our reputations as one of the leading venues in Malaysia and South-East Asia.

“In both Desaru Coast and Teluk Datai, we are blessed with outstanding golfing facilities, and a number of top quality accommodation providers and non-golfing leisure attractions, and I am confident we will be able to attract an increasing number of visits from both domestic and travelling golfers in the coming years.”

After the successful launch of the Desaru Coast’s Valley Course in 2017, Havrilla will set his sights initially on its development as a members’ club, working with the agronomy team to meet the high standards of an Ernie Els-designed course and with the view to hosting high-profile international events in the future.

Moreover, Havrilla will be looking to drive international sales and recognition, helping to establish The Els Club Desaru Coast, in particular, firmly on the map for golfers globally.

Managed by Troon, and created by four-time major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer, Ernie Els, the three golf courses across both properties at The Els Club Malaysia are all of the highest possible standard. Collectively, this has enabled the club to quickly assert itself as one of the most talked-about experiences in the golf market.

Additionally, with two clubhouses, each with their own distinguished food and beverage and pro shop outlets, and a dedicated team of hospitality professionals, guests are treated to five-star service from the moment they arrive to the moment they leave.

With easy accessibility via road, air and sea, both destinations are growing in popularity and, with the introduction of a series of luxury hotel brands, it makes for an ultimate golfing getaway.