There are two golf courses of note in Siem Reap – the Siem Reap Booyoung Country Club and the Angkor Golf Resort.
As with all things golf, Steve did his research and decided that the Angkor Golf Resort was the better of the two so after negotiating a good rate we booked four rounds in during the ten days we were in Siem Reap.
Angkor Golf Resort opened in December 2008 and was designed by British Golfer and former world number 1, Sir Nick Faldo. Built on former rice paddies, Faldo created subtle undulations, water hazard and aggressive bunkering to create a challenge but also a fair test for all levels of golfer.
Angkor Golf Resort hosted the 2012 Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic, a professional tournament on the Asian Tour and is the host venue in Asia for the Ladies European Tour LallaAicha Qualifying School. Other annual tournaments include the Faldo Series Asia Cambodian Qualifier, Angkor Amateur Open and Angkor Fourball championship.
We really enjoyed the course – it was well maintained and picturesque with a fair bit of water to avoid. It was a fun course and we had two good caddies who added to the entertainment. They were very excited when they knew we were playing four rounds as the golf course was pretty quiet so they hadn’t had much work. One of them bought me sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves that her Mum had made one morning – so yummy.
We observed that all the green keeping staff got around the golf course on bicycles. In Thailand they all get around on motorbikes.
We caught a TukuTuk to the golf course and back to the hotel which was a new experience – great natural air conditioning after the round 😉.