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Sat, Mar 11


The Els & Hard Rock Desaru

XCL American Academy Ambassador's Cup 2023

Join AAS and XCL American Academy in Desaru for an incredible weekend of golf and family fun at The Els Club, the best golf course in Southeast Asia, combined with a stay at the oh-so-cool Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast.

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XCL American Academy Ambassador's Cup 2023

Time & Location

Mar 11, 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The Els & Hard Rock Desaru, No. 2, Jalan Pantai 2 Desaru Coast, Desaru, 81930 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia

About the Event

Ready for the ultimate golf weekend getaway? Then join AAS in Desaru Coast for a weekend of golf and family fun at the XCL American Academy Ambassador's Cup 2023! Grab your friends and family and come enjoy an incredible weekend break.

Note: everything sold through AAS (golf, ferry, meals for non-playing companions) is 20% off if you have a paid AAS account! The hotel discount is approximately 50% published rates for all who attend.

Golfers receive:

  • Breakfast organized by The American Club
  • Access to the changing room with an assigned locker
  • Goodie bag, shirt, golf cap & bag tag
  • Lunch before the tournament
  • Use of the driving range 1 hour prior to play at The Els Desaru Coast with golfer's insurance
  • Shared Golf Cart stocked with snacks, water, and beer
  • A round of Texas Scramble golf with a shotgun start, including novelty and charity holes.
  • Brown-Forman sponsored cocktails on the course and post-golf cocktails, beer, and wine
  • Awards Dinner at Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast with beer and wine
  • Post-dinner concert by the hotel's resident band and guest singers
  • Transport in Desaru
  • Discount for an extra day of golf.

All guests of the hotel receive::

  • Tickets to the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark which can be accessed directly from the hotel. Limited to hotel guests only.
  • Access to the Roxity Kids Club. Limited to hotel guests only. Must book ahead. Price is not included in package.
  • Discounts on merchandise at the Rock Shop. Limited to hotel guests only.

Golf AAS Member Early Bird: Single - $395; Foursome - $1,560

Ferry AAS Member - $96 round trip, per person

Extra Day of golf: $120

Golf Non member Early Bird: Single - $495; Foursome - $1,950

Ferry non Member - $120 round trip per person

Hotel - Room rates start at $200/night

Extra day of Golf - $150

Hotel guests will also receive:

  • Tickets to the Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark which can be accessed directly from the hotel.
  • Access to the Roxity Kids Club. Recommended to book ahead.
  • Discounts on merchandise at the Rock Shop. Limited to hotel guests only

NOTE: Teams of four (4) must have a combined handicap over 43.

All those with a AAS paid membership need to sign in to get your 20% discount. AAS members can buy a foursome which is a $390 savings with your member discount. Add in the ferry for four and you've saved $486 total for a foursome. 

Note the event is hugely discounted for AAS members so it's worth joining now for $120/year for a family membership which gives you discounts to all our events throughout the year and special access to certain AAS member-only events as well as a weekly newsletter and more. The AAS membership is worth it!

Sorry, there is no discount if you skip lunch or the Awards Dinner. The golfer packages are sold intact only.

The details

Grab your breakfast courtesy of The American Association of Singapore then board a ferry from Singapore's Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal at 8:30 am for a easy, breezy, stress-free, 90-minute ride to Desaru. 

Be met at the terminal by the attentive staff from The Els Club who will whisk you to the Clubhouse to get your locker assignment where your goodie bag, shirt and cap will be waiting. For those who booked accommodation at Hard Rock Hotel, your suitcases will be tagged and taken to the hotel to be picked up after the tournament. 

Then enjoy a pre-round, buffet lunch. Finally, it's time for the big event: a shotgun start and an exhilarating day of tournament play on the Ocean Course,  billed as the best golf course in Southeast Asia. Finish the round with cocktails at the club sponsored by Brown-Forman, then head back to the hotel for a rocking awards dinner and live music concert. Fab, right? 

If you need to get home, there will be a bus returning to Singapore.

On Sunday after breakfast, you have two options: take a special 11:00 am bus. Or you can either add an extra day of golf (see below for extra golf details) or head to the water park attached to the hotel (those staying at the hotel aget a free ticket to the water park) or do something else fab. Here are some other suggestions. Then catch the 5:30 pm ferry. You decide! 

What do you get when you register as a golfer?

  • Goodie Bag
  • Shirt & Cap 
  • Lunch for golfers only before the tournament
  • Assigned Locker
  • Complimentary use of the driving range one (1) hour prior to play
  • Scorecard
  • Bag tag
  • Golfers insurance
  • Access to guest locker room and changing facilities
  • One Round of Texas Scramble Golf
  • Shared Electric Golf Cart stocked with snacks, water and beer
  • Brown-Forman Cocktails on the Course
  • One hour of post-golf cocktails, sponsored by Brown-Forman, as well as free flow beer and wine
  • Awards Dinner at Hard Rock Hotel with live stage entertainment by the resident band and guest singers
  • All transport between ferry, golf club and hotel


Top up your ticket and take the ferry or/and bus. Trust us. The ferry is the way to go. No stress. No traffic at the border crossing. It's fab! March 11 is a local school holiday weekend in Singapore and Malaysia so driving may add hours to your journey as the crossings will likely be backed up.

To Desaru Coast:

8:30 am ferry

Options for return: Bus Saturday evening following the awards dinner

Bus 11:00 am Sunday morning

Ferry 5:30 pm Sunday

We've negotiated a special rate for your roundtrip transport. $100  for AAS members. $120 for all other guests.


The Golf Course

Challenge yourself at The Els Club Desaru Coast, billed as the best golf course in Southeast Asia. Equipped with state-of-the-art Visage GPS system, drive your shared electric golf cart stocked with snacks, water and beer and enjoy your day on the spectacular links overlooking the South China Sea. Sip drinks on the course provided by Brown-Forman and challenge yourself on our fun novelty holes. 

Awards Dinner

Following the tournament, registered hotel guests can join us for our always-fun Awards Dinner at SESSIONS Restaurant by Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. Enjoy a full buffet menu with live stations such as burgers, tacos and satays and free-flow beer and wine for two hours. Want hard liquor? You can treat yourself at the hotel's bar. After dinner, hang at SESSIONS for a live concert, Hard Rock style.

If you brought your family, you can top up and bring them along to the dinner. What fun! Or they can skip the awards dinner and eat on their own.

The Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast lives up to its legacy with music-infused and memorabilia-bedecked spaces. What could be better than an American golf tournament held at an legendary American hotel? Where else will you end your tournament day with a live music concert?

When you register for the event, you will receive a special promo code and booking information. Immediately reach out to the hotel to book your hugely discounted room. Room rates start at SGD$80/night, a 50% discount off the usual price. Each registered guest will also get entrance to the water park and breakfast. We strongly encourage everybody to stay the evening. The hotel is bending over backwards to make this event happen for us. The awards dinner and concert will be a blast! 

Hotel guests will also enjoy a 10% discount at the Rock Spa.

Note: Once you pay for golf, you'll receive an email with booking details for your discount at the hotel.

Family Fun

Have a family that would like to tag along? Great! There is no better place for a family than Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast. For starters, the hotel has a lovely outdoor pool. Send the kids to the absolutely fabulous Roxity Kids Club for children age 4+ while you enjoy some spa treatments with a musical twist at the Rock Spa. Be sure to book these with the hotel when you register as they book up quickly. The great thing? If you bring your kids, they'll be well taken care of while you play golf!

Oh and there's more! The hotel backs up onto Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast, a massive waterpark, home to the first-ever water coaster in the region and one of the biggest wave pools in the world! Your kids will love this place! All hotel guest rooms include complimentary water park tickets, one entry per person, per stay.

There are a ton of other things to do on the Desaru Coast, too... be wowed by fireflies or build sandcastles on the beautiful beach.

The Prizes

AAS has a reputation for pulling in some great prizes for our golfers and we believe this year will be no different. Not only do we have prizes for the winners, but we also celebrate novelty holes, too. Prizes will be awarded for Beat the Pro, Closest to the Line, Closest to the Hole and Hole in One.

The top prize? Each person in our lucky first-place foursome will get to enjoy a 3 day/2 night stay in a villa at Shanti Wellbeing in Bali. Each villa accommodates two adults and includes breakfast, butler service, afternoon tea/coffee and a free body analyzer.

The Loot

Ready for one of our amazing goodie bags? Registered golfers will also receive a quality golf shirt and a cap branded with XCL American Academy, Hard Rock and American Association Singapore logos. 

Additional Discounts

Hotel guests enjoy a 15% discount on all merchandise in Hard Rock Hotel’s ROCK SHOP as well as a 15% discount on all merchandise in ELS Club’s PRO SHOP. Vouchers will be provided in your hotel arrival package.

The Charity

Every year, the Ambassador's Cup chooses a charity to support. This year's charity is =DREAMS, a residential model that provides after-school academic and holistic support so that each child can focus on reaching their potential for a tertiary education. =DREAMS will launch in the 2023 school year, offering a full range of programs with a focus on Academic  Support, Differentiated Programs. These are designed according to the specific need of each age band and can include coding classes, eco-citizenship cultivation lessons, leadership and critical-thinking focused training. Additionally, =DREAMS will work with community partners to provide access and guidance for our children to stay healthy and take care of their minds and bodies through Nutrition, Health and Wellness programs.

The Title Sponsor

We are thrilled to welcome XCL American Academy (XAA) as our title sponsor this year. An American International School in Singapore, XAA offers high-quality, rigorous and accessible American education for children aged 2 – 14. Established in 2021, XCL American Academy opened its doors to its first cohort of students in August 2022 as the third international school to offer a pure American education to students in Singapore. Priding itself on its affordability, and yet not compromising on the quality experiences of their students, the school offers a high-quality, world-class education at a great value by focusing on what truly matters, and by leading the way to a bright future in an authentic educational setting. A unique aspect of the school’s academic program is Pioneer Town, which is hallmarked at XAA. Pioneer Town is a real, living, breathing conceptual environment that students will create and build together with their teachers. Students will learn about entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, civics responsibilities, financial literacy, and lessons reach from ‘supply and demand’, to ‘world economic exchange’, to ‘business start-up essentials’, and many more. New purpose-built and dedicated campus facilities will open in August 2023, featuring a three-story library “Pioneer Zone”, a multi-purpose gym and specialist classes equipped with the latest educational technology. In addition to the dedicated facilities, students will also have access to selected facilities at their affiliated feeder school, XCL World Academy. Grade 8 students who graduate from XAA will automatically matriculate into high school at XCL World Academy, where they have multiple high school pathways to choose from (AP) Advanced Placement or the IB Diploma Program.

Extra Day of Golf

For $150, you can stay and play an extra round on Sunday! For AAS members, a round is $120.

  • Choose either Ocean or Valley Course
  • 18 holes of golf in a shared electric golf cart with state-of-the-art Visage GPS system
  • Golf cart stocked with 1x bottled water, 2x Tiger beer per person and scorecard, as per above
  • Complimentary use of the driving range one (1) hour prior to play
  • Access to guest locker room and changing facilities
  • Golfer's insurance

All those with AAS paid memberships should sign in to the website to receive 20% discount.

Don't delay! All of our events have been selling out very quickly and the Ambassador's Cup is always very popular. So grab your foursome and sign up now! See you in Desaru!