Els ready for Wentworth reaction
Els's design company is responsible for the wholesale changes that have been made to the West Course for this year's running of the European Tour's flagship event and he knows reaction from his fellow players will be mixed.
The South African has twin worries. One is how the golfers will regard the radical design changes he has made, with 17 of the 18 holes significantly altered. The other is the condition of the revamped layout, particularly in the wake of such a cold winter.
Els admitted that as recently as a fortnight ago it was "touch and go" regarding the conditioning of the course. Thankfully those fears have been allayed.
We might not be able to maintain a football pitch in England's national stadium, but Wentworth is living proof that there is plenty of know-how around when it comes to preparing the country's most recognisable golf course.
This week there is little evidence of the scale of the work so recently completed; it looks as though this layout has been in place for years.
But, of course, it hasn't and the test that the Tour's leading players will face this week is considerably stiffer, particularly as it has been reduced to a par 71 with the 12th now playing as a long par four.
This was the change that prompted most argument between Els's team of designers and the Wentworth owner Richard Caring who demanded a more dramatic closing hole than the previous par five that often yielded an easy birdie.
Certainly the hole now has a far greater sense of theatre. But we must reserve judgement on how gripping will be the production because there is a danger that too few players will be prepared to take on the challenge of going for the green in two.
"I think you are going to see a lot of players this year lay up," Els admitted. "I think they will try and find their feet around the golf course so I see players being a little more conservative.
"I think some of the younger players, if they can get the ball far enough down the fairway, maybe with a five or six iron in their hands will go for the green."
Els acknowledges that the risk element will deter many of the others. "The green really does look small from the fairway, I must admit. I think you will get 75% of the players laying up unfortunately."
The remodelled 18th hole at Wentworth with the new stream in front of the green
It is clear the seven-time World Match Play champion on the West Course made this point to the Wentworth management when they considered the changes to the closing hole.
"That's one of those arguments we had - how difficult do you make it when you want to entice the player to go for the green or are you going to scare the player away," Els added.
"My opinion is that you are going to scare the player away a little bit for now until they get more courage the more that they play the golf course."
Already Rory McIlroy has indicated that he will be inclined to have a go if it is possible. The 21-year-old has the sort of game that looks destined to prosper at the new Wentworth.
It is now much more a 'through the air' challenge and his high ball flight will suit the task of landing the ball on new greens that will inevitably provide firmer landing surfaces because of their infancy.
There is no doubt that Wentworth needed to change and the European Tour required a genuinely modern test for the integrity of their top event. The old layout was outdated in this age of modern club technology, but it is also a shame that the traditional skills of being able to run a ball into a target have been largely lost.
It will be interesting to see how many players are critical of the changes this week. Some may keep their thoughts away from the public arena for fear of detracting from the European Tour's biggest week.
They are more likely to let Els know their thoughts and the South African is ready for whatever feedback flies his way, whether it is good or bad.