Johor Bahru, Malaysia: Stephen Havrilla has assumed the role of General Manager at The Els Club Malaysia.
With 19 years of experience of working with Troon Golf, Havrilla has been handed responsibility for operations of The Els Club Malaysia brand across both of its stunning destinations: The Els Club Desaru Coast and The Els Club Teluk Datai.
An avid golfer, Havrilla turned his hobby into a career when he passed his playing ability test and became a member of the PGA of America. Joining Troon in 1999, he went on to work in a number of roles across several international destinations, including Bahrain, India and South Korea.
With significant experience in developing teams, enhancing profitability and raising operational standards, Havrilla will be dedicated to improving upon the quality and reputation of The Els Club Malaysia with a focus on fine detail and a long-term vision.
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 Southeast 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. 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 launch of the Desaru Coast’s Valley Course last year, Havrilla is setting his sights initially on its development as a member’s 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 look 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 Golf and created by four-time Major champion and World Golf Hall of Famer Els, the three golf courses across both properties at The Els Club Malaysia have received widespread acclaim.
Additionally, with two clubhouses, each with their own F&B and pro shop outlets, and a dedicated team of hospitality professionals, guests are treated to five-star service.
Troon Golf, Ernie Els Design and The Els Club Malaysia are all members of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.