STEVEN Thielke has taken over as general manager of Els Club Desaru Coast and Sean Kinsley as Group director of agronomy, overseeing both Desaru Coast and Teluk Datai – both properties managed by Troon International.
They replace Troon veterans Stephen Havrilla and Terrance Mohamed, who move to the US and South-East Asia, respectively.
Thielke, with more than 30 years of golf and hospitality industry experience, served most recently as chief executive officer of TPC Kuala Lumpur.
Under his watch TPC KL staged PGA Tour, European Tour and LPGA Tour events annually for three consecutive years.
“It’s a privilege to be associated with fellow South African Ernie Els’ brand and to be part of the Troon International family.
“I’m excited to be part of team at Desaru Coast in Johor and add value to the overall growth of the club and the destination, particularly in the recovery from the past year as we look to re-open borders and welcome golfers from outside Malaysia, ” he added.
Kinsley has been with Troon for the past 13 years. Previously he worked in Australia, the US, Russia, India and the United Arab Emirates.
“Having personally visited on more than one occasion, I am delighted to be joining Els Club Malaysia, ” he said.
“The opportunity to be involved in the management of such a strong group of courses located in such stunning settings is one that I am eagerly anticipating.
“Each of the three courses is distinct in terms of style and the role certainly promises to be one that will require a varied approach when it comes to the maintenance of each property.”