A New destination to Tee-off – Golfing in Cambodia
Golf is the newly emerging luxury and leisure sport across the world. People sit in their offices during gruelling work weeks and dream of being out on a fabulous 18 hole golf course, the sun on their faces, greenery around them and under their feet and the sound of the golf club connecting with the ball and sending it whizzing across the distance. It is no wonder then that golf is also a famous activity over which people conduct business too, have meetings with clients and bond with their partners. Nowadays, the latest trend is to go for planned golf tours across their home countries and to exotic destinations across the world.
Golf enthusiasts around the world, are no longer content with just driving down to the local driving range or golf course and playing a good round. They fly to new countries to experience first-hand the temperatures, playing conditions, people and experiences that a new place can give them. Golfing vacations are all the rage and the latest trend to is to fly eastward toward the continent of Asia to countries like India and to countries like Cambodia. To combine the mystical sights of the East, with a game that has been largely associated with the West, to take in the sights, sounds and tourist attractions and to play invigorating golf, is what makes golfing vacations so popular in today’s day and age.
Here we will be taking a look into the golfing scene in Cambodia.
Cambodia a country on the Indochina Peninsula, located towards the south, is a relatively new entrant to the world golfing arena. Just a few short years ago, say about 15, this game was relatively unheard of in the country. But now some say due to the Prime Minister who has a proclivity towards the golf sport, Cambodia is slowly catching up with the rest of the world. New courses are being developed across major cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Phnom Penh is one of the major provinces of Cambodia and a bustling site for golf development in the country. You will find many golf tours centered around the golf clubs and tourist attractions that this destination has to offer. It has there 18 hole golf courses on the outskirts of the city and is a favourite with the national dignitaries, government officials and big shots. Courses at places like the Royal Cambodia Phnom Penh Golf Club, the Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club and the Cambodia Golf & Country Club are all picking up in popularity.
Siem Reap is another tourist hotspot that is being groomed as a golfing destination and a welcoming place for parties on golf tours. It is the home of the UNESCO World Heritage site Angkor, an ancient temple complex and has about 3 very notable golf courses. In fact the golf courses at Siem Reap have already hosted major golf tournaments like the Cambodian Open and the Asian Johnnie Walker Classic.
There are a multiple golf resorts, courses and clubs including 27 hole courses, being planned and developed on the horizon in this bustling country, that wants to make itself one of the premier golf destinations in Asia. Since the country borders other major busy tourist countries like Thailand and Vietnam, it is becoming a popular destination to visit and tee-off at. The country has tropical weather throughout the year and you can plan your trip in such a way to avoid the monsoons and the soaring summer temps.
David Roy is a travel agent and avid golf enthusiast. He regularly plans golf tours for himself and his clients and is always on the lookout for the next best place. David believes that visiting the new courses in Asian countries like India and Cambodia is the growing trend these past few years.
March 28, 2013 Thursday at 7:06 am