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.
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.
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.
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.