Nineteenth Hole at The Village
The Village is celebrating the 97th anniversary of “the first professional golf tournament” with a Golfer’s Day on Apr. 10. The Phnom Penh restaurant and bar will become a Nineteenth Hole from 6.30pm to 9.30pm with free flowing drinks, canapés, raffle and golf games. Admission will cost $15 per person.
Without wishing to be a party-pooper, the Village’s claim is quite dubious. Richard Cavendish in History Today claims that in 1860 the Prestwick Golf Club staged a competition for professionals only. Eight professionals competed, with Willie Park Snr. of Musselburgh winning with a total of 174 strokes over three 12-hole rounds. The following year the competition was opened to all comers thus started the Open Championship. It was won by Tom Morris with a score of 163, beating Willie Park Snr. by four shots.
But when should we allow a bit of history stand in the way of a good time.