Cambodia has seen its fair share of problems but the country is getting back on its feet and back on the travel map. Located in southeast Asia, Cambodia has been occupied by many, consequently there’s an eclectic mixture of architecture and influence which can be seen in the French Colonial buildings in Phnom Penh for example. After the end of the Civil War during the 1980s things are finally settling down and long may it continue.
Naturally golf in Cambodia is relatively thin on the ground but we are aware of few golf clubs, several of which are located within a reasonable distance of the capital, Phnom Penh. Cambodia Golf and Country Club is home to the country’s first course which was opened for play in 1996 and the Royal Cambodia Golf Club came along in 2004.
In 2006, the new 7,145-yard Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap opened for play, bringing a world-class course to Cambodia and a tourism boost to the stunning area famous for its 1,000-year-old Angkor temples. In 2008, the Nick Faldo-designed layout at Angkor Resort was unveiled, raising Siem Reap's golfing bar even higher.
The best course that's located reasonably close to the capital is Garden City Golf Club, which opened in 2013. Further afield in Koh Kong on the Gulf of Thailand coast, we're keeping an eye on the developments at the Dara Sakor Resort, where 54 golf holes are planned. The first course, called the Ocean, is already open.