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Best Golf Courses in Cambodia

What better way to spend time in such a diverse country than to sample the best golf courses in Cambodia.

Embarking on a golfing journey in Cambodia is an exploration of both skill and awe-inspiring landscapes. This Southeast Asian gem, known for its rich cultural heritage and breathtaking landmarks, offers a golfing experience that is as diverse as it is captivating.

As the sport gains momentum in Cambodia, golf enthusiasts are discovering an array of world-class courses that blend challenging fairways with the country's natural beauty. From the bustling city of Phnom Penh to the tranquil countryside and coastal regions, Cambodia's best golf courses are thoughtfully designed to cater to golfers of all levels.

Amidst the ancient temples of Angkor and the picturesque landscapes, golf courses like Angkor Golf Club and Phokeethra Country Club stand as testaments to Cambodia's commitment to creating top-notch golfing experiences. These courses intertwine the thrill of the game with serene lakes, rolling hills, and lush greenery

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Phokeethra Country Club, Siem Reap

Cambodia is a country in Southeast Asia and shares borders with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.  The Gulf of Thailand makes up the surrounding areas of Cambodia, which has a long and somewhat turbulent history.  The architecture is fantastic, with temples being the one image everyone relates to when they think of Cambodia.  The magnificent buildings are combined with rice paddies, mountains and a tropical wilderness full of wildlife to make Cambodia an exotic location to visit.  What better way to spend time in such a diverse country than to sample the great choice of golf courses available.

One of the first things to mention about playing golf in Cambodia is the weather.  While Cambodia does have two distinctive seasons, the climate is much easier to predict then other countries in the region and it’s possible to spend time in Cambodia all year round.

When arriving in Cambodia, chances are you will be landing at either Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.  If it’s the latter, you are immediately within reach of three excellent golf courses.  Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club was the third international golf course to be opened in Angor Wat and is located just 6 kilometres away from Siem Reap town.  Designed by Kentaro Sato, Siem Reap Booyoung is an 18-hole golf course playing to 7114 yards.  A significant amount of money was invested in the construction of the course and high quality tournaments have been played on it, in addition to the visit of the Cambodian Prime Minister.  The fairways on this golf course are generous and there are five sets of tees to choose from, making it suitable for players of all abilities.  Interestingly, the 1st and 10th holes are par-5’s, which are quite unusual and the most difficult par-4’s are kept for the 9th and 18th holes.  There are several creeks which work their way across the course and the greenside bunkers ensure players keep their focus when playing approach shots, although the greens are large throughout.  Split fairways offer players the opportunity to play safe or take a bit of a risk to shoot a lower score.  The course at Siem Reap Booyoung is very well kept and you are guaranteed a great round of golf.

Phokeethra Country Club - Siem Reap

The course is always in good condition and plays to 7,145 yards, with large rolling fairways and big greens being the standout features

Located just 5 kilometres from Siem Reap airport is Phokeethra Country Club.  This golf course is managed by the hotel giant Sofitel and has played host to the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic and 2010 Cambodian Open.  This golf course has some lovely features which will make you feel as though you are being immersed in Cambodian history and culture.  Nice touches include a restored Roluh bridge, which can be found between the 9th green and 10th tee and this is used in the course’s logo.  The 18-hole golf course is always in good condition and plays to 7,145 yards, with large rolling fairways and big greens being the standout features.  Bunkers and lagoons are the main hazards and water can be found on 17 of the 18 holes.  The pick of the holes is the 18th, which features a double carry over water and a thrilling finish onto an island green.  Being managed by Sofitel, the off-course facilities are five star and you will find everything you require at Phokeethra Country Club.

Angkor Golf Resort, Siem Reap

Angkor Golf Resort - Siem Reap

As you would expect from a Faldo designed course being run by IMG, everything is in good condition and well-kept throughout the year.

Often regarded as being the best golf course in Cambodia, the Angkor Golf Resort is just a 15-minute drive from Siem Reap.  This golf course was designed by Nick Faldo, who was blessed by local monks when it opened in 2007.  As you would expect from a Faldo designed course being run by IMG, everything is in good condition and well-kept throughout the year.  This is a course which requires concentration and a good strategy to score low.  Bunkers and water hazards are well placed and the undulating greens can catch you out if you find the wrong area of the green.  Indeed, it’s the pin positions which can define whether the course at Angkor Golf Resort is playing difficult or easy but the choice of tee boxes make it suitable for players of all levels.  Despite the course requiring sound strategy, there is plenty of scope for big hitters to let rip with their driver, including the par-5 16th hole, which is 588 yards long.  It can be driven in two but only the longest off the tee will find success this way.  Water comes into play on approach to the green and this makes the 16th one of the most challenging on the course.  The par-4 18th hole is often regarded as the best finishing hole in the country, with water running down the left side of a dogleg fairway and brings to an end a tremendous round of golf.

If you arrive in Cambodia via Phnom Penh, there are four great golf courses for you to choose from upon your arrival.  The oldest golf course in Cambodia can be found at Cambodia Golf and Country Club, which is a 1 hour drive from the centre of Phnom Penh.  This golf course was designed by Seiichi Inoue and opened for play in 1996.  With generous fairways lined by sugar palm trees and other native plants, Cambodia Golf and Country Club is generally quite flat, especially through the front nine holes, with elevation changes coming into play throughout the back nine.  The greens on the front nine are huge whereas on the back nine they are quite small, so be prepared for a change in the way you play your approach shots on the turn.  With a lovely French style clubhouse, you can be sure to enjoy a lovely day of golf at Cambodia Golf and Country Club.

Garden City Golf Club - Phnom Penh

The golf course won the award for The Best Golf Course in Cambodia at The World Golf Awards 2019

Garden City Golf Club

Garden City Golf Club, which was opened more recently in 2013, is one of the best kept golf courses in Cambodia.  Just a 25-minute drive from downtown Phnom Penh, the 18-hole, 7,361 yard course was designed by Weerayudth Phetbuasak and is formed by disused rice paddy fields.  The land has been moulded and shaped into a golf course featuring mounds, large greens and water hazards.  There is not a great deal of roll to be found on the fairways so if you do not hit the ball long, expect to be in for a challenging round of golf.  The par-3 15th hole is one of the most memorable as it has a double green, meaning the first golfer to tee off can choose whether the mountain or island green is in play.  Whichever green is chosen be prepared to play an accurate shot because water and sand surrounds both on three sides.  Garden City Golf Club provides an enjoyable yet testing round of golf.

Garden City Golf Club Phnom Penh was designed by Weerayudth Phetbuasak and opened for play in 2013.  It is located just 25 minutes from downtown Phnom Penh and has been created on what were once bland rice paddy fields. The transformation is superb and the mounds and water hazards blend together to produce a fantastic round of golf.  The course plays to 7,361 yards from the back tees but with a choice of tee boxes on each hole, it is suitable for everyone. Garden City Golf Club Phnom Penh is kept in tremendous condition throughout the year and you will struggle to find a better conditioned course anywhere in Cambodia.  The large greens are fast and you will need to be accurate with approach shots or face a tough task preventing the dreaded three-putt.

The signature hole is the par-4 6th and this features a long tee shot down a fairway guarded by water on the left and a lake on the right, in-front of the green.  However, each of the 18 holes at Garden City Golf Club Phnom Penh offer something special and a round here is a must during a Cambodia golf holiday.

Chhun On Golf Resort - Lakes Course

Chhun On Golf Resort is poised to become a premier golfing destinationin the heart of Cambodia's vibrant capital.

Chhun On Golf Resort

Situated just an hour's drive north of the lively downtown of Phnom Penh, along National Road #130 in Chhveang Village, you'll discover the splendid Chhun On Golf Resort. This emerging golf haven is conveniently located near the Royal Palace, National Museum, and various tourist attractions, promising to redefine Cambodia's golfing scene.


Designed by Brian Curley from Schmidt-Curley Design, the resort is currently developing two distinctive 18-hole courses. The Lakes Course, the first of the two, opened in late February 2024, signaling a new era in Phnom Penh City's golf offerings. Following closely in 2025, The Palms Course will make its debut, further elevating the resort's appeal.

Both courses are meticulously planned with five different tee boxes, accommodating a range of golfers, including the impressive 7300 yards black tee box. Brian Curley emphasizes, "Our goal is to prioritize the golf experience by crafting the finest courses in the country. Each layout is distinct, fulfilling our ambition to provide a unique and varied golfing journey."


The courses feature Zoysia Zeon fairways and tee boxes, along with Zoysia Primo greens – a grass variety renowned for its use in prestigious courses like Hoiana, Sentosa, and Stones Hill in Bangkok. This careful selection ensures not only top-notch playing surfaces but also contributes to the aesthetic appeal of the courses.

Vattanac Golf Club

Vattanac Golf Resort is home to not just one, but two magnificent 18-hole championship courses

Vattanac Golf Club 

Vattanac Golf Resort is home to not just one, but two magnificent 18-hole championship courses – the East Course and the West Course. Each course is a masterpiece of design, meticulously crafted to offer a balance between challenge and enjoyment. The East Course showcases rolling fairways that wind through lush vegetation and serene lakes, while the West Course is a harmonious fusion of undulating terrains, well-placed hazards, and panoramic vistas. Both courses promise an unforgettable golfing adventure for players of all skill levels.

As with many Faldo courses, Vattanac is a bit of a monster and the East Course measures over 7,400 yards from the championship tee.  Fortunately, there is a good choice of tee boxes on each hole which allows golfers to choose the one which is appropriate for their handicap.

The land on which the courses has been built is pretty flat with not too many elevation changes but despite that you do get some interesting views over the course from some of the elevated tee boxes. As a result of the relatively flat land, Faldo has used some strategically placed bunkers and water hazards to defend the course and In fact, water comes into play on many of the holes and some of the bunkers are gigantic and almost impossible to avoid. If you manage to negotiate your way around Vattanac Golf Club and stay clear of the water and sand, you know you have played well.

When shaping the courses, they have added plenty of mounding which can lead to some awkward lies, especially on approach to the green.  However, if you can find the fairway off tee then this is the key to scoring well on this course which has been set up in the hope of hosting professional events. 

Off the course you will find a driving range and a huge and striking clubhouse with luxurious locker rooms and a modern and comfortable clubhouse with a pro shop and dining area.  There are also plans to open a resort hotel, shops and other sporting activities.

Vattanac Golf Club is a wonderful addition the golf courses available in the country.