Located to the west of the famous Angkor Wat temple complex, the new 18-hole championship course at Phokeethra Country Club has already made a big impression on the Asian Tour, hosting the Cambodian Open in 2007, the year it opened for play.
Phokeethra’s sweeping, tree-lined fairways are routed around natural lakes and streams – all but one hole features water – and the course ends with the signature double water carry 18th which demands a formidable final shot into a tough island green.
Look out for the 11th century “Roluh” bridge between the 9th green and the 10th tee, linking the club to Cambodia’s ancient Khmer Empire and if you want to play the course as if you were competing in the Cambodian Open, play the back nine first, just like the pros.
The par 4 431-yard 16th consists of a dogleg to the left. The tee shot is over a creek requiring a 210-yard carry and accuracy as the fairway is surrounded by water. There is another fairway on the left, separated by the creek, reachable 260 yards from the tee but it is narrower and so the right island fairway is recommended. The second shot is over water, too. The green is shallow and slopes to left. A bunker guarding the front of the green is in play. The par 5 608-yard 18th is a challenging signature hole that is almost straight, requiring a double water carry. The fairway off the tee is narrow with a lake along the right. The double fairways are provided right & left. On the second shot and you must make a decision whether to go for the right fairway across the water or lay-up safely short of the water onto the left fairway. If you decide to lay-up, the third shot is over the water to the elevated green. The green is wide with ridge in the center. The sharp slope divides the green in half. To read more about Phokeethra Country Club, click here to visit my website.