The 2019 edition of the Samdech Pichey Sen Tea Banh Golf Championship was held yesterday morning at Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club course with over 200 players teeing off in the annual sporting spectacle.
Chea Bora, secretary-general of the Golf Federation of Cambodia, said that this year’s competition was attended by 212 local and international business leaders and ministers and was held in the morning with a grand prize ceremony at Phnom Penh Golf Course.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Defense Minister General Tea Banh, Heng Samrin, President of the National Assembly, Sar Kheng, Deputy Prime Minister, and numerous other dignitaries and officials.
The event is organised every year to promote golf in the kingdom as Cambodia has long been seeking to grow its golf tourism industry.
The kingdoms tourism ministry is hoping to lure sports tourists, although Golf tourism is still very much in its infancy.
There are currently nine golf courses in Cambodia: four in the capital Phnom Penh: Cambodia Golf & Country Club, which opened in 1996, the Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club course and Garden City Golf Club, which opened in 2013.
Among three courses in Siem Reap are Phokeethra Country Club and the Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort, which opened in 2007.
There are also two courses on the coast at Dara Sakor Golf Club, forming the first part of a project by a Chinese developer in Koh Kong Province.
According to Mr. Bora, who is also Secretary of State at Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism, the country sees the potential of golf tourism in Cambodia.
“We see the importance of golf tourism in Cambodia as well, but for Cambodia it is still at an early stage,” he said.
“Most of the golfers coming to Cambodia want to see Angkor Wat and play golf at the same time,” he said. “Golf in Cambodia is something special. You can play golf and bring your family. They can go sightseeing. It’s a good sightseeing destination, plus golf,” he added.