Measuring longer than 7,500 yards, the golf course has unique design features taking inspiration from the Bayon temple at Siem Reap, as well as actual on-course replicas of other pre-Angkorian structures, including the Preah Vihear and Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world. The design sets the innovation standard for golf in Cambodia, offering a unique combination of culture, leisure and golf.
Located less than 15 miles from the center of Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh, this is the first of two unique championship-standard golf courses that will sit at the heart of the luxury resort, with the West Course set to be completed later this year.
“I’m very proud to finally see this course open for play, delivering on the bold development vision we were tasked with,” Faldo said. “After what was a detailed and bespoke creative design process, I am confident it will offer a strategic and memorable test to players of all standards and I look forward to seeing the impact it makes on the region’s golfing landscape.”
Local identity was the focus for Faldo and his team during the design phase of this project. There was nothing but flat, featureless land within clay basins during the first site visit, requiring large scale earthworks that were initially hampered by severe flooding in 2013, delaying the East Course’s construction.
“Vattanac Golf Resort has been one of the more challenging but rewarding projects Faldo Design has undertaken, as we literally had a blank canvas with one or two trees on a flat plot of land that used to be occupied by rice paddy fields,” Faldo Design lead architect Andrew Haggar said. “The opening of the East Course was a proud moment for the design team.”