About Els Design
Our partnership with Ernie Els bring a wealth of experience and brand power to First and Foremost. His success on the golf course is mirrored in the achievements of Ernie Els Design, a full service design company that is committed to transporting Ernie’s goodwill across cultures and borders in order to create classic golf courses of distinction.
Ernie Els Design has achieved this by formulating unique relationships with the world’s finest developers who share the company’s ambitions, creating attractive destinations that adhere to the principles of sustainable development and sound environmental practice. Courses by Ernie Els Design are a success with both the public and the design industry, with many winning prestigious awards, including:
Named ‘Best Golf Development for Europe & Africa’ at the CNBC International Property Awards 2008; hosts its first professional tournament, the 2010 Mauritius Golf Masters.
The Els Club Copperleaf
Named ‘Best New Golf Course 2008’ in the Gauteng region by South Africa’s highly regarded Compleat Golfer; hosts its first ever European Tour event, the inaugural €1.5 million Tshwane Open in 2013, and again in 2014.
The Els Club Dubai
Named ‘Best New International Course 2008′ by Links magazine; wins CNBC Property Award in the category of ‘Best Golf Course Dubai’ in 2009; awarded runner-up spot by Golf Inc. in its prestigious ‘Best International Golf Development of the Year’ rankings in 2009; voted by Troon Golf as ‘Best New Facility of the Year’ in 2009. Proudly hosts its first tour event in December 2014, the Asian Tour’s inaugural Dubai Open Golf Championship.
The Els Club Teluk Datai
Voted the ‘World’s Best New Golf Course’ at the inaugural World Golf Awards 2014, part of the World Travel Awards – known as The Oscars of the travel industry – which celebrates and rewards excellence in golf tourism, world class courses and golf destinations.
Wins ‘Best New Golf Course in the US’ at the 2010 Americas Property Awards in association with Bloomberg Television (formerly known as the CNBC Property Awards); voted one of the ‘Best New Courses of 2009’ by Links magazine in the US.
Voted ‘Best Golf Resort in South Africa’ at CNBC African Property Awards 2007; hosts Vodacom Business Origins of Golf grand finale 2010; Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa named Luxury Golf Resort of the world at the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Ernie’s first venture into golf course design is nominated in Golf Magazine’s ‘Top-5 Best New Places You Can Play’.