I finished playing all four courses in Phnom Penh a week ago. Garden City Golf Club is the best course in Phnom Penh. It is a beautiful parkland course on a flat terrain, featuring large, undulating greens and strategically placed bunkers and water hazards. There are a lot of good holes on the front 9 such as the 564-yard par 5 2nd, the demanding 439-yard par 4 6th, the unique 604-yard par 5 8th and the challenging 444-yard par 4 9th. All of these holes offer players risk/reward options. On the back 9, the dramatic green of 176-yard par 3 15th is surrounded on three sides by a lake.
The course conditioning from the use of Seashore Paspalum turf is superb, I felt as if I was walking on carpet. I have played around eight hundred great courses in Asia and the quality of Garden City’s fairways are perhaps within the top 5 in Asia. The greens conditioning is very good too, while thoughtful planting of shrubs and trees help to create an engaging golfing experience. The adjoining hotel is nice and comfortable with spacious rooms and great golf course views. The Thai course architect also designed reputable courses such as Suwan G&CC and Sea Pines GC in Thailand.
Date: March 05, 2017