The Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, has opened its East Course, the first of two Faldo Design courses planned for the resort.
Located 20 kilometers from the center of the Cambodian capital, the 7,500-yard East Course – which opened in May – is the first of two tracks that will form part of a luxury resort. The Western Course is expected to be completed later this year.
The site – flat, featureless terrain in clay basins – required large-scale earthworks that were initially hampered by severe flooding in 2013, causing construction to be delayed.
“Vattanac Golf Resort has been one of the most difficult yet rewarding projects Faldo Design has undertaken, as we literally had a blank canvas with one or two trees on a flat land that was once occupied by rice paddies,” said Andrew Haggar, chief architect at Faldo Design. “The opening of the East Course was a proud moment for the design team – the golf course is absolutely stunning and the design features will soon become a topic of discussion around the world.”
“I am very proud to finally see this course open to play, implementing the bold development vision entrusted to us,” said Sir Nick Faldo. “After what was a detailed and bespoke creative design process, I have no doubts that it will provide a strategic and memorable test for players of all skill levels and I can’t wait to see the impact it will have on the golfing landscape. of the region.”
According to the design team, the layout features design features inspired by the Bayon Temple in Siem Reap, and replicas of structures found in Cambodian history can be found throughout the site.
The Vattanac development will also include residential villas, a resort hotel, retail stores, an international school, and other sports and recreational facilities.