New Leadership Now In Place, As Vattanac Golf Resort Looks To The Future

Leadership team at Vattanac Golf Resort

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, (20th September 2022) – Vattanac Golf Resort, a luxury Troon Golf property, is pleased to announce the appointment of various new Leaders within its management team. Vattanac Golf Resort welcomes Chris Geraghty as General Manager, James Durkin as Golf Operations Manager, Rory Tinker as Head Golf Professional, and Sambath Chheang as Sales & Marketing Manager.

Vattanac Golf Resort is a luxurious, award winning golf resort in the bustling, contemporary, and exciting city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Boasting 36-holes of Championship Golf designed by Sir Nick Faldo, it is widely recognised as the best in the country. The courses pay homage to the marvels of Khmer architecture and the countries rich history through magnificent scale replicas. Seven magnificent tea houses, a Night Golf offering at the ‘Dragon Turn’, and a state of the art Golf Academy compliment the Championship golf courses.

Chris Geraghty, General Manager at Vattanac Golf Resort, said: “In all my time in the golf industry, and all the places I’ve been lucky enough to travel to and see around the world, I have never seen a place as special and as unique as Vattanac Golf Resort. It really needs to be seen to be believed. To be selected to lead the facility and work with Troon to realize the phenomenal vision of our wonderful ownership is something I consider to be a real privilege.” Chris joins the team having previously led the Troon managed The Allegria in Cairo, Egypt, and joins from the Troon managed Royal Golf Club, Bahrain.

One of the priorities of Vattanac Golf Resort is to develop the tourism landscape in Cambodia through the provision of ultra-high-level service and facilities and attract new tourism demographics to the contemporary city of Phnom Penh.

DJ Flanders, Senior Vice President at Troon International commented, “To quote our founder Dana Garmany, ‘the foundation of Troon’s 30+ years of success consists of hiring the best people in the industry, who have created an unmatched culture for our partners and associates’. Being able to provide Chris, James and Rory, this well-deserved opportunity, is one I am proud of. Not only will each of them be working at a truly world class facility, the life experiences their international journey will teach them will be further enhanced by living in this remarkable part of the world. I would also like to thank the previous team led by Karl Whitehead, who did a tremendous job in setting up the facility for success.

In addition to offering cutting-edge, previously unseen golf technology to Cambodia, Vattanac Golf Resort Academy is now home to the only dedicated PGA teaching professional in Cambodia. Rory Tinker, Head Golf Professional, commented, “I am truly honoured to represent Vattanac Golf Resort as the new Head Teaching Professional. I look forward to growing the game of golf both at Vattanac Golf Resort and throughout Cambodia. This is a very exciting time for golf within the region and I am looking forward to being part of something special.” Rory joins from the Troon managed Royal Golf Club in Bahrain.

With the help of the friendly and professional operations team, Vattanac Golf Resort aims to provide memorable experiences for all and help guests feel like a “member for the day”.  In addition to the warm welcome and dedicated associates, the team of 140+ caddies are expertly positioned to enhance the guest experience by providing advice and course knowledge, all with a friendly smile.

James Durkin, Golf Operations Manager at Vattanac Golf Resort added, “I am truly excited to be joining the team here at Vattanac Golf Resort, a facility, which has completely blown me away during my first month. With the combination of diverse and equally brilliant East and West courses, we have the opportunity to build upon the excellent work from the past few years and deliver a golf experience that is unmatched in the region through excellent customer service, consistency, and exceeding our guests’ expectations.”. James is a long time Troon associate and joins the team from the UAE.

Sambath Chheang, Sales & Marketing Manager at Vattanac Golf Resort said “It is with much excitement that I join Vattanac Golf Resort and Troon Golf. It is exciting to have the opportunity to join such an ambitious company which is on the path to developing into one of the leading golf resort facilities in Asia. I’m very excited to use my skills to supplement this vision and make it a reality”.


About Vattanac Golf Resort

Vattanac Golf Resort is at the heart of Vattanacville, a visionary new smart eco-city located on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Developed by Vattanac Properties, Vattanacville fuses the cosmopolitan aspects of Cambodian urban life with the luxury of breathing room found in suburban living, simultaneously emphasizing rural connections to wildlife and nature. Vattanac Golf Resort, and Vattanacville are very special additions to the region and through commitment to quality, are set to become the crown jewel of golf, leisure, and lifestyle within Asia. To learn more about Vattanac Golf Resort, visit

Neak Okhna Sam Ang Vattanac, Executive Director of Vattanac Group states, “Vattanac Group operates on the values of quality, virtue, and loyalty. Each product within all sectors Vattanac Group operates is inextricably attached to an absolute and unwavering commitment to these values. Vattanac Golf Resort and Vattanacville are testament to this commitment, and to our desire to remain at the forefront of luxury development and hospitality.” For additional information, visit:

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf  and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 750-plus locations, including 725-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 600-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf, ICON Management Services and ClubUp. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, or subscribe to Troon Magazine.

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