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Vattanac Golf Resort opens another Faldo-designed course

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An orientation programme for caddies was held prior to the West Course opening. Vattanac Golf Resort

Troon International has announced the opening of a second Nick Faldo-designed course at the Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh.

Troon International made the made the announcement in a press release sent to the media this week. The company manages both the East Course and the newly-opened West Course at the Vattanac Golf Resort. Troon International is the global arm of Troon, the world’s largest club management company.

“Troon, the leader in club management, development, and marketing, is delighted to announce the opening of the second Sir Nick Faldo designed Championship Course at Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia,” the first part of the media release said.

The announcement came shortly after the East Course was recognised as Cambodia’s best golf course by the World Golf Awards.

The East Course, which opened in May 2019, edged the other top golf courses in the Kingdom to win the award. The World Golf Awards are one of the most sought-after and prestigious accolades in the global golfing industry.

Troon International said the new West Course is ‘one of the best in Asia’. “The West Course will certainly contend with the East Course as not only one of the best in Cambodia, but also one of the best in Asia,” it said.

The West Course is distinctly different from the East Course by having narrower and more undulating fairways, a variety of unique water features and testing paspalum greens, according to Troon International. It features five sets of tees, starting at 4,935 yards, right through to 7,249 yards.

Adding to the allure of the West Course are scale models of Angkor Wat, Preah Vihear and other famous Khmer architectural sites.

Faldo welcomed the opening of the new course. In addition to the two Vattanac courses, the British golfing legend also designed the 18-hole golf course at Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap province.

“It’s a great moment to see the West Course now open and ready to play,” he said.

The West Course, according to him, complements the East Course magnificently with its fluid shaping giving the design its own identity.

“Much like the East Course, the West Course project focused heavily on celebrating the amazing culture in Cambodia and Vattanac Golf Resort’s surrounding environment to create the course’s truly unique character. By integrating cultural inspiration into the landscape, like the Terrace of Elephants replica statue or the Dragon Lake for example, the course has a real sense of place and its local features help to create an unforgettable experience,” Faldo pointed out.

“The West Course offers a slightly more intimate look and feel to the resort’s East, but just like the East it offers different strategic challenges with fairway positioning and shot choice crucial for players looking to find reward and an inviting line to the green. It certainly asks questions of golfers’ game-management, long, short, left or right from the tee can find difficulty and create a complicated hole. However, with five tee sets the course is accessible to all with something for every golfer, from the very best to the very beginner, so, importantly, enjoyment out on the course will not be hard to come by,” he added.

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