Cambodia doubled its number of luxury golf courses last year to four and hopes to
have eight by 2010, officials said. Cambodia in 2007 opened two PGA-rated courses
in Siem Reap. A third course backed by South Korean investors is expected to open
in Siem Reap in 2009, said Suos Yara, secretary general of Cambodia Golf Association.
Three other multi-million-dollar golf projects are under construction near Phnom
Penh as well as one along the border with Vietnam, and another is planned near Sihanoukville,
he said. "Golf can attract more high-yield tourists,"he said. "They
have different hobbies, but most adults like playing golf as part of their tour package."
Siem Reap hosted the country's first international golfing event in November. Suos
Yara said the government wants to eventually see at least seven courses in Siem Reap
and about 10 near Sihanoukville. (Source: AFP)