Southeast Asian resort debuts 9-hole floodlit course
Courtesy of Vattanac Resort

Southeast Asian resort debuts 9-hole floodlit course

‘The Dragon Turn’ part of recently opened West Course at Vattanac Golf Resort.

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The Troon-managed Vattanac Golf Resort recently celebrated the opening of the “The Dragon Turn” night golf. The night golf is an addition to the recently opened West Course and offers golfers a unique opportunity to play in the breathtaking surrounds of Phnom Penh under the cover of darkness.

“The Dragon Turn” is aptly named by the lake’s shape that sits in the middle of three holes of this exciting 9-hole floodlit course. Inspired by ownership’s vision to create a venue with significant character, this lake is yet another unique feature that this resort plays host to. Night golf will be available for play from sunset with the last tee time at 9 p.m., creating a very special addition to Vattanac Golf Resort.

The launch of “The Dragon Turn” night golf comes after a successful end to 2020 for the resort following the opening of the second Faldo Design course, the West Course. 

With imposing character and striking identity, the East Course, the first of the two Faldo designs to open, has received high praise from golfers. Set within captivating natural surroundings, the East is a strategic golf course that utilizes dramatic water features, creative bunkering, and various forms of native fauna to challenge golfers of all levels. The East Course pays homage to the marvels of Khmer architecture and the country’s rich history, with magnificent scale replicas of the world-renowned Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple and Preah Vihear Temple.

The West Course has distinctive differences from the East, of which are defined by narrower and more undulating fairways, a variety of unique water features and testing Paspalum greens. Cultural sculptures and stunning landscaping attribute to the striking scenery of Cambodia’s newest golf course. The “West” is a rewarding test of skill for players of all levels, featuring 5 sets of tees, starting at 4,935 yards, right through to 7,249 yards.

“It’s been an incredibly exciting end to 2020 and start to 2021 for us at Vattanac Golf Resort,” general manager Karl Whitehead said. “The announcement of the 9-holes of night golf on the West Course showcases how we, not only want to compete to have the best championship courses in Asia, but we also, under Mr Vattanac’s vision, want to offer golfers a fresh and exciting approach to the game. The dramatic landscape of ‘The Dragon Turn’ under the night sky will hopefully provide golfers this.”