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Meet The Pro


The first academy of its kind in Asia, The Els Performance Golf Academy is a state-of-the art centre of excellence. Accessible from both Ocean and Valley Courses, The EPGA is Ernie's latest offering in sharing his success story across the globe; giving juniors and adults an opportunity to learn the game the way it should be played.


At the Els Performance Golf Academy Malaysia we believe playing the finest golf means keeping things simple; utilizing the very latest teaching techniques and video swing analysis our PGA qualified coaches will help you to develop and refine your game through personalized attention resulting in simple focused steps any golfer can take to improve their swing, their strategy and ultimately their score. Regardless of ability, age or experience the Els Performance Golf Academy will take your game to an entirely new level. You will enjoy the difference in our creative approach and our commitment to creating an extraordinary learning experience.


Peter-John Van Merch

P-J’s passion for golf and golf instruction started at a young age when he became one of the first students to enrol at The Fancourt Academy Development Programme in South Africa. After graduating in an Advanced Certificate in Golf Directorship and Club Management, his career aspirations led him to the UAE.
As a PGA Teaching Professional, P-J developed his professional career at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, where he was able to gain diverse experience across a range of roles within a world class golf facility. From leading award-winning teams to growing the Academy, P-J has had a positive impact on the perception of golf for many aspiring young golfers.
As the Head Professional of The Els Club Desaru Coast, P-J oversees the Els Performance Golf Academy where his professionalism is complemented by his approachable nature, making him a leader in offering highest standards of service in the world of golf.

Peter-John Van Merch, the head golf pro at The Els Club Malaysia - Desaru Coast