Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Siem Reap tees up events

Siem Reap tees up events

Malaysian company Liberty Golf Services will host another Liberty Cup tournament in Siem Reap next month
Malaysian company Liberty Golf Services will host another Liberty Cup tournament in Siem Reap next month. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Siem Reap tees up events

Golf’s global appeal as a tourist draw will come into play at two exciting events in Siem Reap next month, getting the season off to a rousing start.

Malaysia’s leading golf travel specialists, Liberty Golf Services, roll out the second edition of the Liberty Cup – which is to be held at both the Sir Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort and nearby Phokeethra Country Club on March 9 and 12. Participants will play a round at each of the two courses.

Two weeks later, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Cambodia will launch the FCC Nations Cup at Angkor Golf Resort.

The Liberty Cup is part of a series that runs across Southeast Asia at least three times a year, bringing together enthusiastic golfers, local tourism boards and top-notch sponsors.

While golfing pleasure and competitive drive is at the heart of this annual venture, it also serves as a great platform for business networking and tourism promotion between Malaysia and Cambodia.

“We have always been at the forefront of golf tourism and what it can lead to,” Liberty Golf Services general manager Eu Shen Ng told the Post from Kuala Lumpur.

“Our objective is very clear. Promote great golf destinations and showcase our hospitality, brand visibility for our sponsors, inculcate bilateral business opportunities and respond to local charity,” added Ng, who is also the founder and president of the Malaysia Golf Tourism Association.

What makes the Liberty Cup a hit with the participants is the wide ranging variety of prizes, ranging from complimentary hotel stays, golf games, Japanese golf equipment, bags, accessories, air tickets and a shot at the Grand Lucky Draw that offers a Swiss-made Titoni watch worth $2,000.

No participant will leave empty-handed, and the welcome goodie bag that is given away has a retail value of $150.

The responsible tourism element that has been so emphatically brought out by this event has gone very well with corporate companies and the cup will soon have a presenting sponsor for the next two years.

The event sponsors this year include Titoni, Carlsberg, RHB Bank, Malaysian Airlines, Transview Golf, PG Apparels, Fourteen Golf and Partners, PSD Travel, Angkor Golf Resort and Phokeethra Country Club.

Pride at stake in Nations Cup
Come March 22, golfers of varying skill levels young and old will get a chance to play under the flag of their native country in the two-day FCC Nations Cup.

First held in 2008 with a moderate turnout to promote Siem Reap as a golf destination, this event is now a truly international affair with no fewer than a dozen nationalities represented.

While the theme is fun on the links, national pride will be at stake since players represent their home countries in a format that loosely replicates the Ryder Cup.

Fundraiser for local cause
While golfing fun, food and beverages keep the players on their pegs, they will also be involved in promoting a charitable cause. The money raised from a hole-in-one challenge will go to a local foundation created in 2007, Kampuchea House, which supports education and opportunities for underprivileged children.


  • Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy
    Stock-photo companies selling images from S-21 raises ethics concerns

    A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame. The woman was the wife of a Khmer Rouge officer who fell out of favour, and

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • Defence Ministry denies weapons in smuggling case came from Cambodia

    After a Thai national was arrested last week for allegedly smuggling guns from Cambodia to Thailand, Cambodia's Defence Ministry has claimed the weapons seized during the arrest are not used in Cambodia, despite the fact that both types of rifle seized are commonly found in

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the