Golf Course Architecture - Issue 70, October 2022

12 TEE BOX New 36-hole project begins in Cambodia NEWS EDI TOR : R I CHARD HUMPHREYS Construction has started on two eighteen-hole golf courses, designed by Brian Curley of Schmidt-Curley Design, and scheduled to open in 2024 at a new club in Phnom Penh City, Cambodia. The East course will be a formal, parkland layout, while the West will feature a more rugged and natural design centred around large expanses of sand, dotted with islands of native grasses and groves of date trees. Detailed shaping is in progress on the East, while the West is still in the rough grading process, and the work is being handled by an in-house team along with Martin Moore’s Flagstick Golf Course Construction. There will be limited residential development around the property’s perimeter. “Our clients have decided to place the golf experience first and foremost to create the best courses in the country,” said Curley. “There is also a strong desire to create two distinctly different layouts, so every effort has been made to optimise this wish. “A massive amount of earthmoving was undertaken to create large bodies of water for irrigation use, and the excavated dirt was used to lift grades above f lood levels. The design and grading efforts were also used to create vast, sweeping open views across the lakes, establishing a distinct character