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Phokeethra Country Club

Holes 18 | Par 72 | Length 6700 m / 7327 y | Type Parkland | Architect Weeyos Golf Design

Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap is a prestigious and enjoyably challenging golf course where high handicappers could be in for a long day. Take extra balls because the endless water hazards are bound to claim quite a few.

Host of the 2010 Cambodian Open and conveniently located between the airport and Siem Reap, not too far from the famous Angkor Wat temple complex, Phokeethra Country Club has proven an excellent addition to the emerging roster of courses in Cambodia since its opening in 2007. It's a challenging championship calibre course with more than enough to test the professionals, let alone the rest of us - with water on every hole bar one it's best stocking up on extra balls at the pro shop before your round lest you find yourself overly familiar with the natural lakes and streams which repeatedly intrude upon the Paspalum fairways. We're sure that someone out there is making a fortune collecting all the balls that end up wet.

There some nice variety over the 18 holes, with bunkers and trees keeping you driving straight, but it really is the water that will cause you the most problems. You must cross water twice on the par-5 4th, and the pin position at the par-3 5th forces you to flirt dangerously with the lake in order to get close. The 6th, 7th and 8th offer no respite, bearing as they do an uncanny resemblance to the film Waterworld. If at the turn you happen to be experiencing any fleeting pangs of guilt at playing golf when there are such magnificent ancient sites to be seen in the area, the course provides one of its own, in the form of the restored 11th century 'Roluh' bridge between the 9th green and 10th tee, which is also used as the club's logo. This doesn't, however, signal the slackening of the challenge as the back nine isn't any easier than the front, with slices and hooks being harshly punished, especially when it comes to the double water carries on each of the last three holes.

Probably the pick of the holes is the signature 18th, which involves the aforementioned double water carry as well as inviting you to land your ball on a sloping island green. It's easy to imagine the some decent scorecards being ruined under the pressure exerted by the last, which makes it strange that at professional tournaments they always play the back nine first. Perhaps they need the opportunity to recover the inevitable dropped shots.

One nice touch here is that the scorecard features a diagram of each green, split into six lettered sections so your caddy can tell you in which one the flag is located. To be honest you're gonna be grateful for any little help you get round here, as it really is tough to score well with the course seeming to home in on and punish you for any flaw in your game. The caddies are pretty helpful, so it's worth taking their advice on board.

Away from the course itself, Phokeethra Country Club boasts five star facilities, with a driving range as well as separate pitching and putting greens, all of which you are advised to make full use of before venturing you reach the 1st tee. The locker rooms are plush, featuring teak lockers and spa facilities, and the pro shop fully stocked with all the latest gear. The clubhouse itself has the feel of a private club, and is a great place to unwind after a round or simply tuck into a meal at the onsite restaurant, which serves a decent selection of Western, Khmer and Asian favourites. After that, those staying at the nearby Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort (owned by the same management) will get free transport back to the hotel.

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Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap is a prestigious and enjoyably challenging golf course where high handicappers could be in for a long day. Take extra balls because the endless water hazards are bound to claim quite a few.

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Course rating

  • Condition 4
  • Facilities 3.8
  • Pace of play 4.7
  • Service 4.5
  • Overall 4.2
  • Review Score 4.2
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  • Golf carts
  • Practice facilities
  • Golf lessons
  • Club & shoe rental
  • Night golf
  • Golf shop
  • On-site accommodation
  • Spa & massage

Phokeethra Country Club - Course Reviews 6 reviews

Phokeethra Country Club

Great course

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Considering the dry season the course was well maintained with good fairways and greens. Good caddies and good customer service.

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Phokeethra Country Club

Excellent course in good condition

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Good fairways, greens but bunkers were a little erratic in condition but overall the best in the area for me.

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Phokeethra Country Club

A very good course but fairways need some work

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This is a very interesting and challenging course and you need to navigate carefully around the first time you play as there are many hidden dangers that are not obvious from the tee. The fairways are a bit patchy with a few weeds that need sorting. Greens are good but a bit slow for my liking and quite grainy. Caddies good and clubhouse food and service excellent

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Phokeethra Country Club

Not impress really.

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I think they are not there yet. If they are going to charge that amount of money, they should at least make sure the fairways are not that inconsistent. After a good shot you might be in muddy or super dry turf. The bunkers are mostly too wet and the greens are jumpy due to uneven ground and cut. I loved the layout and playing was fun. But for that price I was expecting more. Definitely not the best course in Siem Reap. At least today.

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Phokeethra Country Club

Played as a single shot 76, sunny little wind not much humidity great time of year since its dumping snow in colorado.

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Some call it the Sofitel course because its run by the hotel. 3 courses in Siem Reap this is a close 1st to Angkor Wat resort course. only problem the green were hard as a rock, but that's because they just replaced them 1 year ago. 1/31/19 date i played. Also very grainy greens slow and coarse. Love the entire experience..Caddie not t0o good at reading greens

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