ANGKOR GOLF RESORT
18 Holes l 72 Par l 7027 Yards
Designer: Nick Faldo
Angkor Golf Resort opened in 2007, is a fair challenge as is expected from Nick Faldo who designed this golf course after receiving blessings from the local monks. Almost all holes require thinking and strategy with the hazards visible from most of the tees. Variety of tee positions, pin positions allow the course to offer various levels of difficulty and therefore makes for a good course for players of all abilities. The final 3 holes are considered the most challenging if not most fun, with the 16th par 5 a very long 588 yards, which will be a challenge for even the long hitters to get on to in two. The 18th par 4 is a 440 yard Faldo signature making for a super finish.
The tees, fairways and greens are maintained to a high standard. The course measures 7,279 yards from the back tees. But don’t let the length deter you as there are a further three tee boxes on each hole. Maybe the blue course measuring at 6,666 yards is more appealing to the mid-handicap golfer.
Each hole will make you think from the tee. There is an abundance of bunker hazards and water throughout the course. But thankfully these are clearly visible when negotiating a hole. A quote from the course states, “Our fairways are typically generous, but our bunkering style is impressively bold. The greens have plenty of subtle undulations and they reward and encourage a variety of approach shots”.
A visit to Angkor Golf Resort is a must on a trip to Siem Reap. In fact, you’ll most probably want to play this course more than once.
PHOKEETHRA COUNTRY CLUB
18 Holes l 72 Par l 7145 Yards
Designer: Weeyos Golf Design
Phokeethra Country Club, the first international design in Cambodia and part of the Sofitel Angkor resort has hosted the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open three times, with winners including Thonchai Jaidee who won in 2008.
The 18 hole 7145 yard course offers a unique treat to golfers of all abilities with sweeping fairways and generous greens. There are natural lagoons and sand traps that provide a challenge to golfers, demanding raising of the game. This is a good mix of tricky par 3s, challenging par 4s and par 5s which require skill both to get the distance and accuracy.
The course features water on all but one hole and finishes the signature 18th by having to carry two water hazards, the second of which has the island green situated in it. While on the course make sure you get a view of the restored Khmer ‘Roluh’ bridge between the 9th green and 10th tee. As the club’s moto states, “Tee-off in the 11th century, finish your round in the 21st century”.
SIEM REAP BOOYOUNG COUNTRY CLUB
18 Holes l 72 Par l 7114 Yards
Designer: Kentaro Sato
The Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club, formerly called the Siem Reap Lake Resort is the latest golf resort to come up around Siem Reap, having opened in 2009. The resort is a Korean investment and has been designed by Kentaro Sato, an illustrious Japanese golf course designer. The course is in good condition and the rest of the facilities including the club house and the locker rooms are perfect complements before and after the round. Several meandering and at times blind water bodies along with large green side bunkers keep even the most accomplished golfers interested, whereas the wide fairways and large greens are welcome reliefs.
The golf club recently invested over 3 million USD to renovate their driving range making it one of the best driving range experiences you can get. So if you are there for a round, don’t forget to hit a few balls at the range!