Dalat is a very unexpected golfing destination but it actually has a history going back to 1922 when the French built the Dalat Palace Golf Club which remains one of the most famous golf courses in Asia.
Dalat is located in the Southern part of the Central Highlands of Vietnam and was originally a popular hill station of the French colonialists who built villas here to escape the heat and humidity of Saigon and the other coastal areas. If you are wondering when is the best time to travel then we suggest you read Best time to visit Vietnam for golf holiday.
Dalat is not a large city and at times it resembles the French Alps as it is surrounded by hills covered in pines interspersed with lakes and framed by larger mountains in the background.
The climate is near perfect and it is comfortably warm by day, and nice and cool at night, dropping to perhaps 10 degrees Celsius. During summer months it rains most days but is unusual to have prolonged rain and it usually clears quite quickly.
Dalat is a perfect place to stopover on a north-south tour (or vice versa), or as a one or two day side trip from Ho Chi Minh. For visitors its main attraction is the cooler weather, the wonderful clear mountain air and beautiful views. IT also gives an interesting glimpse of what life was like under the French and to see some of their surviving architecture.
There are currently only two golf courses in Dalat and the Dalat Palace Golf Club has a long and interesting history starting in 1922 and its was twice totally abandoned – once in the Second World War and then again in the Vietnam War. It was renovated in 1994 and deserves its position as one of the best golf courses in Vietnam.
The newest arrival on the scene is the Sacom Tuyen Lam Golf Resort which is located in a pretty and pine-covered valley about 15kms from the city of Dalat. The superb scenery and the cool mountain air make golf in Dalat an exhilarating experience. This is quite a difficult golf course with many elevation changes, strategically-placed bunkers and water hazards.
Dalat is a very unexpected golfing destination but it actually has a history going back to 1922 when the French built the Dalat Palace Golf Club which remains one of the most famous golf courses in Asia.\n
Dalat is located in the Southern part of the Central Highlands of Vietnam and was originally a popular hill station of the French colonialists who built villas here to escape the heat and humidity of Saigon and the other coastal areas. If you are wondering when is the best time to travel then we suggest you read Best time to visit Vietnam for golf holiday.\n
Dalat Palace Golf Club has a long history, dating back to its inception in 1922 and including being revived twice following abandonment following the Second World War and the Vietnam conflict. Following US investment, it finally took on its current form in 1994 and is deservedly ranked amongst the very best courses in the country. Situated some 5000 feet above sea level, the course benefits from a cooler climate that allows the use of bent grass on the tees, fairways and greens - for many, this is the ultimate surface on which to play golf, and the only course in South East Asia to use it.
With water featuring on over half of the holes and plenty of well-placed sand traps, there is plenty to test the lower handicap golfer intent on taking on the course, while the high-handicappers can find some relief in the wide, open fairways and greens that allow run-up approach shots. If you can overcome the numerous elevations changes and reach the greens in regulation, par is never guaranteed thanks to the extreme pace of the putting surface. There are some tough holes here that will test your skills with all the clubs in your bag. The front nine features a particularly tricky sequence of holes: at the par-3 5th, your tee shot must carry 230-odd yards over water to reach the green, and on the par-5 6th, it\'s all about accuracy with water all the way down one side of the narrow fairway and out-of-bounds on the other. If all that wasn\'t enough, at the par-4 7th you can either try to carry two lakes from the tee or play it safe from the tee but leave yourself a long uphill approach. The original clubhouse, built in 1956, has been fully restored and contains spacious locker rooms, a well-stocked pro shop and a restaurant serving local and international fare with views from the clubhouse patio of the terraced rice fields and the pine forests that cover the mountains.
Given the challenge that you now know lies ahead, it\'s probably worth taking advantage of the on-site practice facilities that include a grass driving range, putting green and practice bunkers; be warned that even these bunkers won\'t fully prepare you for the unique challenges posed by the deep pot bunkers on the 15th fairway, which you are well advised to steer well clear of. All of this adds up to an impressive package, and it is no surprise to learn that Dalat Palace Golf Club has repeatedly been voted the top course in Vietnam by Golf Digest, and in the top ten in Asia by Asian Golf Monthly. Highly recommended.
Tee Time Reservations at Dalat Palace Golf Club\n
This is a very popular little course so you would be advised to book a tee time in advance to be sure that you get the chance to experience this unique and historic golf course.',
Dalat Palace Golf Club is regularly rated amongst the top courses in Asia and the only place in South East Asia where you can play on the sublime bent grass that everyone talks about, this is an experience not to be missed.',
The pick of the holes on the front nine include the third which is a dogleg par 4 with out-of-bounds along the left and a strategically-placed bunker at the apex of the dogleg if you over hit your drive. The approach is one of the most difficult on the course with bunkers and a stream in front of the green so be sure to take plenty of club! You will be glad to escape with a par on the seventh which has a hazard running along the entire left side and a stream running in front of the green about 60 yards out. The split fairway on the eighth gives you two choices off the tee – the left is the safer of the two but if you take the right side then you have an easier approach to the green. Wonderful views from the elevated ninth tee box and you need to take care to avoid the water hazard to the right of the fairway and then it’s a tricky shot into the green protected by two deep bunkers and a stream cutting across the fairway in front of the green.\n
The back nine opens with a dogleg left and the longer hitters will be tempted to cut off the dogleg but with out-of-bounds along the left and several fairway bunkers it may be wiser to play safe. IT doesn’t look too difficult but you need to take care on the eleventh which is a short par 3 with a large bunker protecting the right side of the green and a hazard behind waiting to collect any over hit shot. Things start to get difficult on the 12th which is an uphill par 4 dogleg with numerous fairway bunkers and a very well-protected two-tier green. A bit of respite on the 14th which is a downhill par 4 and providing you can find the fairway off the tee then it’s not too difficult. The 16th is a short par 3 but you have to carry over water and a large bunker to reach the putting surface. The 17th is a three shot par 5 with a stream crossing in front of the green and a water hazard in front of the elevated green.\n
An excellent clubhouse with driving range and practice areas. Various types of accommodation ar available on-site.\n
Tee Times at Sam Tuyen Lam Golf Resort\n
It’s pretty easy to secure tee times at Som Tuyen Lam Golf Resort – especially if you use our simple booking engine to secure your chosen start time.',
Sam Tuyen Lam Golf Resort sits in a picturesque and forest-covered valley about 15kms from the centre of Dalat. The wonderful scenery and the cool mountain air make golf in Dalat a wonderful experience. Quite a challenging course with many elevation changes, well-placed bunkers and water hazards.',
A private golf course, The Dalat 1200 is prestigious and the invitation only policy, through selected tour operators will ensure that the course maintains its luxury and select feel. You are invited to experience the luxurious nature of the development, which has taken huge steps to ensure the ecological safety and conservation whilst creating some wonderful apartments and villas that are available for sale. Viewings can be arranged in the clubhouse offices.\n
The Academy, although temporary at the moment, is more than adequate for golfers needs with a superb driving range, great chipping and putting practice areas which gives visitors the opportunity to experience the Bent Grass greens before starting play, which if you have never played on them before is a totally new experience. Be warned the greens are lightning fast and are considered the fastest in Vietnam, which is scary when you consider Vietnamese greens are already considered quick.\n
The putting surfaces are immaculate and just as tricky and you will need to pay attention to the caddies if you are looking to hole as many putts as possible, as the greens are somewhat deceptive.\n
The 7,503-yard par 73 course uses 419 Bermuda grass fairways and rough to ensure high quality conditions throughout the year. Couple this with beautifully manicured bent grass greens and fringes and you have a truly spectacular course that rises and falls seamlessly across the natural terrain.\n
Strategically placed water hazards, bunkers and natural springs meander through the entire estate, around 900 hectares, add to the pine clad mountains that provide a natural amphitheatre and tranquillity to the course. Dalat is surely one of Vietnams best kept secrets, with stunning scenery and average temperatures of around 23º, and the addition of The Dalat 1200 makes this a golfer’s dream holiday location.\n
Accuracy is an integral part of the game here if you are to score well. One of the most pleasing aspects of the design is the creation of so many great holes, many of which could be considered as the signature hole for the course, and the naturalness of the entire development.\n
The Dalat 1200 offers an all-inclusive price of 115$ (weekdays) for the first round, with second rounds (same day) at 75$ which include individual buggy and personal caddy, use of the extensive practice facilities and all taxes. The weekend rate is slightly higher at 135$ for the first round and subsequent rounds at 90$ (for play on the same day).\n
Hotel transfers can be arranged upon request and for groups of more than 4 players this is a free service, provided it is booked 48 hours in advance.\n
Golfers wishing to book rooms at Dalat can contact The Dalat 1200 sales office for help in arranging accommodation, with superb deals for some of the best hotels in the area and incredible offers on green fees for other courses in the area.\n
Tournaments, corporate days and group bookings are more than welcome and can be arranged through our sales office.',
Located some 30 minutes from the Vietnamese city of Dalat you will find The Dalat 1200, a residential resort that screams luxury. Dalat, founded by French colonies in 1898 is in the Lam Dong province and offers a new take on Hill Station living. The 3rd course in the Dalat area, it has shot to prominence quickly after opening, staging the first ladies professional event held in Vietnam.\n
Owned by Singapore based Centurion the residential resort, due to be compelte4d in 2018 is expected to be managed by an internationally acclaimed management company. With its close proximity to the international airport, it is perfectly positioned for those wishing to enjoy around soon after arrival, or indeed for a quick round before boarding.',