Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, a country found in the South East of Asia. Forget everything you have read and think you know about Cambodia, this is a country which is very much on the rise and hugely popular tourist destination in Asia.
Phnom Penh has retained much of its charm throughout the years and remains a lovely South East Asian capital. It boasts stunning traditional Cambodian Buddhist wats, palaces and a delightful riverside promenade. Golf has witnessed a great rise in popularity in and around Phnom Penh and will continue to grow as the country prospers.
Travelling to Phnom Penh
Thanks to the large infrastructure around the city, Phnom Penh is easy to get around and reach from wherever you are located around the globe. Phnom Penh International Airport is the largest airport in Cambodia and welcomes international flights. Qatar Airways, Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia are three examples of popular airlines which fly to Phnom Penh and are used by many people when booking a golf trip to the Cambodian capital.
While direct flights from European and American cities are not possible, all it takes is one stop in China or Thailand and you will be playing golf in Phnom Penh before you know it. You could even combine Phnom Penh with Thailand to make a tremendous twin destination golf holiday.
When arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport you can either catch a bus or take a taxi to your accommodation or golf course of choice. It’s recommend taking a taxi, especially if you have your own golf clubs because not only are they cheap by Western standards but you will find it much easier to store your clubs in the trunk of the car.
Phnom Penh Golfing Weather
Before looking at the great selection of golf courses in Phnom Penh and planning when to book your trip, you must be aware of the climate in this region of Asia.
Cambodia is one of the easiest Asian countries to work with when it comes to the climate. There are two distinct seasons to be aware of when playing golf in Phnom Penh and they are dry and wet seasons.
The dry season generally lasts between October and late April and this is regarded as being the best time to book a golf holiday in Phnom Penh. Be aware that by April the temperatures can be very hot so you may consider playing golf in Phnom Penh between November and January. Temperatures are known to be around the high 20’s at this time of year and coupled with the dry conditions, this makes it the perfect time for playing golf.
The west season happens between May and October and can bring around 75% of Cambodia’s annual rainfall. Between May and July rainfall can be infrequent, with temperatures remaining hot and between July and September the rainfall becomes more consistent and heavier.
However, it’s still possible to have plenty of nice weather during the wet season, especially in Phnom Penh. It’s advisable to avoid the more remote areas of the country but as you will be playing golf in Phnom Penh, you should have many days to enjoy on the course.
Phnom Penh Golf Courses
Talking of the courses, there are some excellent golf courses to play during a trip to Phnom Penh. Perhaps the best place to start is the oldest golf course, not only in Phnom Penh but the whole of Cambodia, called Cambodia Golf and Country Club.
Cambodia Golf and Country Club was established in 1996 and while this may not seem old for a golf club in many other areas of the world, it is for this part of Asia and represents a big step in the history of the country.
Located just a 1-hour drive west of Phnom Penh, Cambodia Golf and Country Club is a par-72, 18-hole golf course which stretches to just over 7,000 yards from the back tee. The course was created by Japanese and Taiwanese designers and boasts fairways lined by sugar palm trees, native fruit plants, flowers and rocks.
With large mountains looming in the distance, you feel you are away from the city and can enjoy a relaxing round of golf at Cambodia Golf and Country Club. The front nine holes features wide fairways, surrounded by rice farms and the greens are protected by bunkers. The holes are flat but the greens are large, so be prepared to make the occasional three-putt if you are not on your game.
The back nine becomes a little more challenging with elevation changes, longer fairways and smaller greens. Ponds and bunkers provide the main hazards on the back nine holes and club selection is very important when playing this course. Make the correct choices on the risk/reward holes and you can easily find yourself making a low score at Cambodia Golf and Country Club.
The French style clubhouse is very nice and boasts a good restaurant and other facilities including a swimming pool and tennis courts. All in all, Cambodia Golf and Country Club is a great place to spend a day playing golf in Phnom Penh.
Having enjoyed a great round of golf at Cambodia Golf and Country Club why not treat yourself to a day of golf at arguably the best conditioned golf course in Phnom Penh, Garden City Golf Club.
Garden City Golf Club opened for play in 2013 and immediately established itself as one of the best golf courses in Phnom Penh. Situated just 25 minutes away from the centre of Phnom Penh, Garden City Golf Club is easily accessible if you decide to base yourself at one of the hotels in the heart of the city.
Garden City Golf Club is a par-72, 18-hole golf course which plays to 7,361 yards, making it about 300 yards longer than the course at Cambodia Golf and Country Club.
Thanks to the great work of IMG Golf Management and the use of Seashore Paspalum turf, Garden City Golf Club is always in fantastic condition. The course has been designed by architect Major General Weerayudth Phetbuasak and he has produced a course which will challenge the very best players but which remains playable for amateur golfers of all abilities.
Prior to becoming a golf course, the land on which the course is based was used as paddy fields but once these became neglected they were transformed into the golf course we see today. Featuring large greens and man-made water hazards, Garden City Golf Club is a strong layout, with palm trees lining much of the course.
Playing long and with minimal roll of the fairways, shorter strikers of the golf ball will find this course to be challenging and enjoyable in equal measure. A great example of this is the long 439-yard par-4 6th hole, which features water the entire left side of the fairway and a further water hazard on the front right of the green. If you can walk away with a par on this hole, you have done a great job.
The par-3 15th hole is one which creates much discussion in the club house. There is a choice of green, mountain or island and you must decide which one is in play for the day. Whichever you choose the green is surrounded by sand on three sides and water on the other, so club selection is crucial on this hole.
Having completed your round, head to the modern club house where there is ample room for changing, a good restaurant and driving range. They have also added a hotel and golf academy since opening in 2013, so you could choose to stay for a few days and really get to know the golf course.
A few days at Garden City Golf Club is highly recommended when booking a golf holiday in Phnom Penh.
If you would like to get on the golf course as soon as you arrive in Phnom Penh then you should head to Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club. This course is located only 15 minutes from Phnom Penh International Airport, making it the perfect choice for those arriving to the Cambodian capital by air.
The course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and nestles in an area northwest of Phnom Penh which has seen little development. Therefore, the air and climate here is very fresh and makes for a perfect day of golf.
The excellent fairways and manicured greens make this one of the best kept golf courses in the country. The fairways are wide and tempt you to attack the ball off the tee but the significant mounding and sand around the greens can make approach shots tricky. If you happen to book a tee time late in the day be prepared for the wind, which can add another level of difficulty to the golf course.
The short holes are the pick of the 18 on this course, with the 12th and 16th holes in-particular receiving much praise. The former is a short par-4, with water to the right and bunkers and trees to the left of the fairway. The latter is a par-3 hole with a tee shot some 230 yards over water to the green.
The facilities at Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club are to an international standard and boast caddies who speak good English, which can be invaluable during a round.
The final golf course in Phnom Penh is Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club. This is the closest of all four golf clubs to the city, being just 10 kilometres from Phnom Penh.
Nestled amongst rice paddies and coconut palms, Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club is a favourite with locals and expatriates alike, perhaps due to its location and the fact it is regarded as the Prime Minister’s favourite course. Once you step onto the golf course it is easy to see why the Prime Minister would like it, with many of the original land features still in place such as the native palms, flowers, bushes, natural wetlands, ponds and streams.
Despite being a relatively flat golf course, the water hands and sand traps give golfers plenty to think about and it is easy to drop shots if you do not pay attention to the hazards on each hole. There are only 6 of the 18 holes which do not have water coming into play and many of the greens are undulating, so accurate approach play can help in saving shots on the green.
There are four tee boxes to choose from on each hole, which makes this course perfect for players of all abilities. The off-course facilities include one of the biggest driving ranges in Phnom Penh and a club house which combines traditional Cambodian architecture with the convenience of a modern facility.
If you are staying in the centre of Phnom Penh and are short on time, Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club is the perfect place for a round of golf. You can leave the city and within 20 minutes find yourself on the first tee of a great golf course. What more could you ask for?
Phnom Penh is rapidly growing a great reputation for golf in Asia. If you would like to play the golf courses in Phnom Penh while they remain relatively undiscovered to those who live outside Cambodia, now is the time to do it.
Phnom Penh is becoming increasingly popular, for both general tourists and golf lovers alike and with the excellent golf courses, great climate and good food, it’s easy to see why.
Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia, a country found in the South East of Asia. Forget everything you have read and think you know about Cambodia, this is a country which is very much on the rise and hugely popular tourist destination in Asia.\n
Phnom Penh has retained much of its charm throughout the years and remains a lovely South East Asian capital. It boasts stunning traditional Cambodian Buddhist wats, palaces and a delightful riverside promenade. Golf has witnessed a great rise in popularity in and around Phnom Penh and will continue to grow as the country prospers.' },
Established in May 1997, Cambodia Golf and Country Club hold the honour of being the first golf course to open in Cambodia. The course was designed by Seiichi Inoue and is a par-72, playing to a total of 7,077 yards. Set amongst 120 acres of land, the golf course is lined by sugar palm trees, evergreen plants, native flowers, fruit and rocks. In fact, the golf course has been nicknamed the ‘sugar palm course’ by the local people and upon arrival it’s easy to see why.\n
The setting of Cambodia Golf and Country Club is lovely, with large mountains in the distance, combining with the local trees, plants and flowers, to make for a relaxing and somewhat peaceful venue.\n
The front nine holes have a number of wide fairways and the majority of them are fairly flat, which will see many players pulling out the driver with confidence. There are plenty of bunkers situated throughout, surrounded by rice farms and the greens are huge, often leading to more putts than first anticipated.\n
The back nine holes are more challenging and this comes as a result of more undulating terrain and water coming into play. The fairways are long, with a number of elevation changes throughout and the greens are a lot smaller than those on the front nine, meaning less putts but becoming more difficult to find on approach. There are also plenty of bunkers guarding the greens and ponds are also placed around the holes, looking to gobble up any wayward golf balls. Good club selection can make or break a round of golf at Cambodia Golf and Country Club and choosing the right club will often be the difference, when it comes to reaching a green in regulation.\n
There is a French country style clubhouse, offering a full range of facilities, such as locker rooms, bathrooms, a pro-shop, ballroom, café and restaurant. It’s a nice place to relax after 18 holes of golf and reflect on the great day enjoyed by all at the Cambodia Golf and Country Club.',
Cambodia Golf and Country Club is located just over 30 kilometres from Phnom Penh, in Cambodia. The country club can be reached easily from Phnom Penh, using the number 4 highway and is certainly worth making the short drive.',
The course was designed by Major General Weerayudth Phetbuasak, who was also responsible for several great courses in Thailand including Suwan in Bangkok and Sea Pine in Hua Hin as well as the Phokeethra course in Siem Reap. The design brief was to mould a course that would be a challenge for professional golfers yet enjoyable for club golfers as well. The once flat and featureless rice fields have been totally remodelled into a modern golf course with many bumps and hollows and plenty of man-made hazards in the shape of water features and bunkers. Most of the greens are quite large and rely on the water hazards and strategically-placed bunkers for protection. This 7,000 yard championship golf course plays very long with little roll out on the fairways and will prove a handful for most players.
The signature hole is the par-4 6th hole which is 439 yards long with water running along the entire length of the left side of the fairway and yet another pond fronting the green so you should be happy with a par here.
Other holes worth a mention include the 15th, a par-3 that is going to wreck somebodies card. The hole features a double green so the first to tee off gets to select which pin position (mountain or island) the group will play. Whichever you choose you are faced with a green surrounded by bunkers and water, so club selection is crucial to avoid a bogey or much worse.
The final hole on the front nine is a long par-4 that provides an excellent finish to the first half. A very challenging hole made more difficult by the invisible lake along the right side of the fairway and if you can keep away from that then you should have a shot at the long, narrow and sloping green which requires a high and soft-landing draw to attack the pin.
The modern clubhouse at Garden City has excellent changing rooms, a pretty good restaurant, and a very basic pro shop. Future plans include the additions of a driving range, hotel with spa, gym and swimming pool.\n
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Garden City Golf Club in Phnom Penh has been open since 2013 and quickly established itself as one of the top golf clubs in Phnom Penh. The par-72 layout is spread over 240 acres and is situated about 15 kms northeast of Phnom Penh. The course is managed by IMG and you can expect the course to be expertly maintained and the service to be up to the standards of the best golf courses in Asia.',
A pretty gentle start to your round which opens with a medium-length par 4 that require you to negotiate the left side of the fairway which is protected by two bunkers. This gives you the best angle into the green. Then it’s on to a long par 5 which plays very differently depending on which way the wind is blowing but keeping it left shortens the hole and if you can avoid the second bunker in the middle of the landing area for your second shot then you should reach the green in regulation. The 3rd is the shortest par 3 on the course and the skinny green is well protected on both sides by sand.\n
The 4th is s short par 4 and most of the problems are on the green which has a valley running through the middle and if you get the wrong side you are inviting a 3-putt. The 7th is a difficult par 5 which demands an accurate tee shot to a narrow landing area protected by a fairway bunker and you need to flirt with the lake along the right to get the best angle into the heavily protected green. The 8th is a short and almost driveable par 4 and the 9th is the longest but not too much trouble except for the tow bunkers in front of the green.\n
The back nine begins with a medium-length par 4 playing to a fairway with bunkers on both sides and you may need to play close to them to get set up for your approach. The 11th is a medium length par 3 with a sandy waste area guarding the right side of the green and the 12th is short dogleg par 4 and you have to decide how much of the water to take on – the more you bite off the closer you will get to the green. The 13th is the shortest par 5 which can be shortened even further if you are brave enough to flirt with the fairway bunkers. Then it’s on to the shortest par 4 on the course and the green is reachable but is heavily protected by bunkers and is quite small.\n
The 14th has a lake protecting the entire left side of this medium length par 4 so most people will play along the right side but if you are too conservative you will catch the fairway bunker – not too much problem around the green. A tough finish as you have to negotiate the longest par 3 with a lake all along the left, followed by the longest par 5 with a heavily protected green and then the longest par 4 which requires correct positioning off the tee for the best approach.\n
Excellent facilities at the course including luxurious locker facilities, restaurant, spa and sauna.\n
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We can help you secure the perfect tee time at Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club and save you money at the same time using our excellent green fees.\n
Grand Phnom Penh Golf Course is a superbly conceived, Jack Nicklaus designed course a short distance outside of the city The old master has created a course that blends with the natural surroundings and has created a golf course which is suitable for and will be enjoyed by golfers of all standards.',
Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club was the second golf course to open in Cambodia and did so in 1999. Designed by P and Z Development Limited the 18-hole course is 7,075 yards long, playing to a par-72. The golf course is spread over 200 hectares of land, with rice paddies and coconut palms providing much of the surrounding features. Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club is a favourite among many of Cambodia’s politicians and Prime Minister, Hun Sen, is said to have named it as his favourite golf course, perhaps due to the fact he got a hole in one in 2004, in addition to the great quality of the course itself.\n
Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club has kept many of the natural features of the land and has emphasized environmental policy, as one of the main factors in its design. There are many native flowers, palms and bushes throughout the course, which add to the splendour of the surrounding area. There is a natural wetland, which makes up part of the golf course and this adds to the spectacle when playing a round at Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club, as local wildlife is often spotted on the ponds and streams.\n
In general, the golf course is flat but do not let it deceive you, as it will challenge you in other ways. There are plenty of sand and water hazards around the course, including a large lake, which comes into play on the third hole. In fact, water plays a part on 12 of the 18 holes at Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club and the greenside bunkers make accurate approach shots vital, to greens which are fast and often undulating.\n
There is a large driving range available, which is a good place for both practicing and to warm up before playing a round on the course. The traditional Cambodian clubhouse keeps up the theme of environmental preservation, as it uses solar energy to power the hot water systems and it’s a great place to unwind, after an enjoyable round of golf.',
The Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club is situated in a great location, very close to the capital of Phnom Penh and a mere 8 kilometres from Phnom Penh International Airport. Therefore, whether you are visiting from abroad or living in Phnom Penh, the drive to the golf course will take little over 20 minutes.',
Faldo Design is creating two 18-hole championship-standard golf courses that will sit at the heart of a luxury resort 15km from the centre of Cambodia’s capital.',