Phokeethra Country Club
Where: 15km west of Siem Reap
Length: 7,145 yards
Best hole: 7, nice par 3 over water
Phokeethra played host to the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, part of the PGA’s Asian Tour, four years in a row between 2007 and 2010, which established it as one of the country’s top courses. The design is inspired by the ancient temples of Angkor, hence the club’s motto: “Tee off in the 11th century, finish your round in the 21st century.” Natural lagoons and other water hazards make this a tricky round, but those who need a little extra help can choose from between four tees available for each hole.
Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club
Where: 12km from Siem Reap centre
Length: 7,396 yards
Best hole: 13, tantalising par 3 with both
water and sand hazards
Booyoung Country Club is Siem Reap’s third international standard golf course, and was designed by Japanese course architect Kentaro Sato. The course is visually stunning and tricky – there is almost as much water as grass, along with creeks and fairway sand traps. If the golf all gets a bit too much, players can relax in the clubhouse’s elaborate saunas or dine on excellent Korean cuisine.
Garden City Golf Club
Where: 15km northeast of central Phnom Penh
Length: 6,922 yards
Best hole: 18, classic finishing hole with a dangerous water hazard
Garden City, opened in 2013, is the rising star on the Cambodian golf scene. The 97-hectare course was designed to mimic the traditional links style, with large, challenging greens. It was named the nation’s best golf course at the 2018 World Golf Awards, but has more to offer, with its five-star hotel and dining and event facilities. Even waiting for tee time offers an opportunity for a world-class experience at Garden City’s five-star driving range, with its 36 bays, plus putting and chipping greens.
Angkor Golf Resort
Where: Siem Reap, 10 minutes from Angkor Wat
Length: 7,279 yards
Best hole: 13, tricky par 5 with lots of bunkers
This Nick Faldo-designed course scooped first place in the 2018 Asian Golf Awards, the fourth time the course has won the industry’s “equivalent to the Oscars”. It sits a stone’s throw – or, shall we say, a short swing away – from the iconic Angkor Wat temple complex, which offers a stunning backdrop. It features bunkers and water hazards galore, and, as its website says, “challenges all standards of golfers, from the casual weekender through to the seasoned professional”.