Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell caused controversy the week before his French Open triumph when he labelled Castle Stuart as "too one dimensional" and not a "strong enough" course to host the Scottish Open immediately before the third major championship of the year.
But having already played several rounds at Muirfield, the scene of his first Open title in 2002, Els has no problem with the Inverness venue providing a slightly easier test of links golf than awaits in seven days' time.
"Guys have had their way with the golf course, so to speak, in previous years where conditions have been quite easy, and I don't see any negative there," said Els, who will defend his Open title next week buoyed by victory in the BMW International Open last month.
"I don't mind making birdies going into a major because I know I'm going to get punished next week. I like to have some kind of form going into a major and I love playing this kind of golf.
"I've been to Muirfield a couple of times now so I kind of know what I need to do. I'm trying out two new drivers and, according to Graeme, we have a lot of width in the fairways so I can work on that aspect of my game in a competitive atmosphere and in a tournament I've won twice.
"With saying that, I also still want to try to win the golf tournament. I think if you have a chance to win the week before a major, I don't think you're going to pass those by. Hopefully I've got a bit of a game and hopefully I'm there on the weekend."
World number 13 Els was among the afternoon starters today, but the only other member of the top 25 in the field - world number eight Phil Mickelson - was out early alongside Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Ireland's Padraig Harrington.
Mickelson missed the cut in the Greenbrier Classic last week in his first appearance since a record sixth runners-up finish in the US Open, but is already targeting a first Open title.
"I think it would be one of my greatest accomplishments to be able to conquer links golf and to win an Open Championship over here. Although I've come close maybe twice (he was third in 2004 and second in 2011), I have not really played my best golf," Mickelson said.
"I think I've identified a couple of reasons why but it's time to play now. It's time to shoot the scores and hit the shots that I've spent 20 years working on."