Angkor Golf Resort continues to garner increased praise, with many golfers viewing it as the finest course in Southeast Asia. That is quite an accolade when you look at the plethora of world-class golf venues in the region. With its PGA of America rating, this Faldo design presents multiple levels of challenging play from optional tee placements that accommodate players of every handicap and skill level.
Recreational and casual golfers will appreciate that, rather than building an overly difficult layout from the middle and front tees, Sir Nick has introduced the need for good decision making in managing your way around this course. Competitive golfers will find it a stimulating test of ability.
There are no accidents at this 2007 Faldo track. Each bunker looks as though it was absolutely meant to be where it is; with no other place where you would imagine putting it; certainly no better place. This is true of the individual traps, cluster bunkers, and the half-dozen waste bunkers—two of which stretch 150 and 200 yards long—all strategically placed as you would expect from the thinking man’s player, cum commentator, cum course designer, Nick Faldo.
You must exercise good course management and play every shot with a definite target in mind because just banging it out there without much thought from the back tees could make it a rather long day. However, as you advance forward to each shorter set of tees the need for precision is not nearly so severe, making this a most pleasant experience for casual golfers.
There are plenty of opportunities for getting wet at this layout, with 98 per cent of its perimeter consisting of nearly continuous water features, four of which extend more than a thousand yards each. The way the water prevails creates a feeling of being on an island on 11 of the holes and on a peninsula the rest of the time.
About the only place you could lose a ball to something other than water would be if you push it or yank it into the centrally laid out driving range and practice area.
A hole you won’t soon forget is the 559-yard 13th that has as much sand as fairway; demanding that back tee players thread the needle off the tee to a postage-stamp oasis of a landing area—amidst so much sand that, if you are a little low on your water intake, could evoke a Bedouin caravan mirage.
Another hole you will talk about when you get home is the 606-yard number three hole, a real attention-getter and deservedly so as the longest hole on the golf course. You start with a tee shot from a narrow chute through trees knowing that water lurks along the entire left side of the fairway and comes seriously into play on the second and approach shots. The narrow green is deep and poised on the water’s edge, making par a job well done.
While every hole on this Cambodian golf holiday course is memorable due to the thought Faldo has put into every detail, it is worth mentioning that the par threes all get your attention and adrenaline focused. While there is one faux island green on the course at hole 15, on the 8th hole there is indeed a true island tee.
These greens should not be taken lightly just because they look so perfectly smooth and manicured. If you daydream, you will likely overlook subtle undulations and breaks that will have you scratching your head and staring at the line in 20/20 hindsight trying to believe your lying eyes.
This entire resort is first-class and the clubhouse is no exception. All the amenities you could ever need or expect are provided in style. Outside, there is a quality driving range where you can see 300-yard drives land while you warm up for your terrific round.
Angkor Golf Resort is very convenient to both Siem Reap and the airport and can easily be reached via car from either in less than ten minutes. Busy travellers are not inclined to spend a lot of vacation time in a car getting from place to place and this course is as handy as they come.
Cambodia has been very receptive to Nick Faldo and additional projects are anticipated.
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