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About Ernie Els Design

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Ernie Els Design is a full-service golf course design company wholly owned by its principal, four-time major champion, World Golf Hall of Famer and former World No.1 Ernie Els.

The international scope of Ernie’s 78 professional career victories is mirrored in the increasingly global reach of his designs, with signature courses and renovations making an impact in emerging and established golf markets alike.

Ernie Els Design enjoys 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. The company employs the most experienced staff – including leading architect Greg Letsche as its senior design associate – and the latest technology from its two offices in Florida and South Africa. With additional field offices in Malaysia and Dubai, the company provides a near 24-hour service and applies the latest technologies and expertise to service our development partners and clients.

Since its formation in 2000, the company has received global recognition with an ever-growing number of prestigious accolades. Click here for the full list.

Click here to see the full list of Ernie Els Design courses that are either open for play or in various stages of planning and construction. Many more are still in the pipeline, awaiting further announcement. The company’s portfolio also extends beyond the golf course to feature the exclusive Els Club Collection, featuring the Els Performance Golf Academy, Els Club Estates, Big Easy Winebar & Grill, along with an award winning wine portfolio created by Ernie Els Wines in the heart of South Africa’s wine country, Stellenbosch.

For more information telephone the Ernie Els Design offices +1.561.625.8676 or email

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Meet The Team

“"The people we have at Ernie Els Design have been with me almost since the start of our firm's history. We're a proper team; everything we've achieved is a truly collaborative effort and I'm grateful to have them on board."”

Ernie Els
Senior Design Associate

Greg Letsche

Greg Letsche has been a professional golf course architect for more than 20 years. He joined Ernie Els Design full-time as its Senior Design Associate on December 1, 2005. Greg spent the previous 15 years in the same capacity with Jack Nicklaus and began his career with the legendary Pete Dye. Greg has been instrumental in the design of numerous courses worldwide, including more than 22 courses open for play. Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from The Ohio State University in 1980. He is an active member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America and has lectured at numerous PGA education seminars. He has also had the privilege of playing 75 of the world’s top 100 golf courses.

Design Associate Asia Office

Thad Bell

Thad Bell has been part of the design team at Ernie Els Design since May 2006, when he directed the implementation of the stunning and award winning Anahita Four Seasons golf course on the island of Mauritius. Prior to that, Thad worked with Nicklaus Design and Nugent Golf Associates and has worked on courses in the United States, South Africa, Middle East and China. Thad graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture and has over 17 years of experience in the golf course design industry. Thad is leading the company’s expansion into Asian golf as the Regional Director of Ernie Els Design’s Asia-Pacific office.

Ernie Els

Ernie Els is golf’s true international ambassador.

Ernie Els is golf’s true international ambassador, with a Hall of Fame playing career that includes four major championships (2002 & 2012 Open Championship, 1994 & 1997 US Open), two World Golf Championship events and a record seven World Matchplay titles. In his capacity as one of the game’s leading player architects, he has created award winning golf courses all over the world, too. Ernie has probably more experience of the countless different type golf courses found around the world than any other contemporary top player in the game. This worldly experience gives Ernie a broad vision of the various elements of golf course design and how they are best brought together to produce a golf course which is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also challenging and enjoyable for golfers of all standards. Ernie Els Design formulates unique relationships with the world’s finest developers in the creation of new golf courses and the renovation and modernisation of existing classics. These courses will be as much Ernie’s legacy as the numerous tournament wins in the record books. “The golf courses that we create will be here long after I’ve gone,” says Ernie. “That means something and it makes me feel very proud.”



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Ernie announces ambitious new designs on Zimbali Lakes in South Africa

Ernie Els has signed a deal with Kuwait Stock Exchange-listed IFA Hotels & Resorts to create a golf course and associated facilities at the R10 billion Zimbali Lakes development on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Zimbali Lakes will include an Ernie Els Signature Golf Course, Els Performance Golf Academy, Ernie Els…
April 18, 2024
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“Lido Lakes is going to be a new go-to destination for golfers” says Ernie

Further new images from one of Ernie Els Design’s most exciting new projects, Lido Lakes in Sukabumi, West Java, Indonesia, serve to add weight to the adage that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. This is a majestic setting, by any measure. “I was seriously impressed when we first…
March 1, 2024
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The Els Club Dubai scoops ‘Best Golf Course in the Middle East’ honours

The Els Club Dubai, designed by Ernie Els and which celebrated its 15th anniversary last month, has this month been voted the Best Golf Course in the Middle East at the 10th annual World Golf Awards.  “Huge congratulations to everyone at The Els Club Dubai and to the team at…
October 27, 2023