Dalat Palace Golf Resort
Vietnam, Central Highlands, Lam Dong, Dalat
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Hidden away in the Central Highlands at an elevation of 5,000 feet, and known as the "City of Eternal Spring" and "Le Petit Paris", Dalat has long been a popular retreat with the royalty and French colonists seeking the cool mountain air to escape the sweltering heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta. Here you will find two outstanding properties in town, the vintage Dalat Palace Golf Club and Dalat Palace, each one conjuring the charm of yesteryear in refined colonial style.
In a parkland setting above the lake, the 5-star Dalat Palace was built in 1922 to lure the colonial elite to the salubrious hill station of Dalat. Completely refurbished and a landmark colonial building, the hotel has been appointed to highlight its palatial stature. When it comes to dining, Dalat Palace’s Le Rabelais offers the finest French cuisine and wines in an elegant decor. The Palace also has a fitness centre and a spa offering a range of asian and western treatments.
Directly across the lake from the Sofitel, Dalat Palace Golf Club boasts the oldest and best golf course in the country. Commissioned by Vietnam's last Emperor Bao Dai, it is believed to have been designed by Colt & Alison in 1933. Impeccably maintained to championship standards, the golf course runs up and down the hills above the lake, affording sweeping views of the city and surrounding pine tree forests. The atmospheric 1956 heritage clubhouse has a full proshop and a fine restaurant.
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Dalat Palace Hotel
In a parkland setting above the lake, the 5-star Dalat Palace was built in 1922 to lure the colonial elite to the salubrious hill station of Dalat. Completely refurbished and a landmark colonial building, the hotel has been appointed to highlight its palatial stature. From chandeliers to Chesterfield leather sofas, brass fittings and replicas of European masterpieces, the hotel evokes a bygone era, not withstanding the latest commodities such as WiFi.
When it comes to dining, Dalat Palace’s Le Rabelais offers the finest French cuisine and wines in an elegant decor. For a drink, try the jazzy atmosphere of the world famous Larry’s Bar, named after its legendary creator and “bon vivant” Larry L. Hillblom. In a one-time colonial department store across the street from both hotels, Café de la Poste is a 1950's traditional French bistro, while upstairs, the Y Nhu Y restaurant specializes in Vietnamese cuisine and local favourites.
5 Star colonial Hotel built in 1922
43 Rooms & Suites • All rooms with IDD phone, WiFi, satellite TV, music channels, minibar, safe and hairdryer • Most rooms with fireplaces
24 hour room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Concierge • Limousine service • Airport transfers • WiFi • Shop • Beauty salon • 2 Tennis courts • 5 Meeting rooms seating 200 persons • Fitness Centre • L’Aquitaine Spa (Vietnamese and Western therapies)
Le Rabelais (fine French cuisine and wines) + Larry's Bar
Café de la Poste (traditional French bistro)
Y Nhu Y (Vietnamese show kitchen)
Dalat Palace Golf Club
• Championship Course
Unknown French design (1922), Colt & Alison (1933) & Brett Stensen (1993)
18 holes - 7,009 yds - Par 72 - SSS 72.5 - Slope 128 - 5,000 ft./1,500 m. above sea level
Directly across the lake from the Sofitel, Dalat Palace Golf Club boasts the oldest and best golf course in the country, ranked Vietnam number one from 2001 till 2007. Commissioned by Vietnam's last Emperor Bao Dai, it was bult by French engineers as a nine hole and inaugurated in 1922, to be extended to eighteen holes by, it is believed, Colt & Alison in 1933. The course was abandoned after WW II, reopened in 1966 and abandoned again in 1975, after the Vietnam War and the arrival of the communist regime. Its final comeback took place in 1994, when it was completely redesigned and brought back to its former splendour.
Impeccably maintained to championship standards, the golf course runs up and down the hills above the lake, affording sweeping views of the city and surrounding pine tree forests. Due to the cooler mountain climate, the Dalat Palace Golf Club is the only golf course in South East Asia with bent grass tees, fairways and greens. Bent grass is often considered to be the ultimate playing surface in golf and the large, undulating bent grass greens are maintained to impeccable standards and present a good challenge.
The atmospheric 1956 heritage clubhouse has been fully restored and offers a full proshop and fine restaurant with fireplace and outdoor terrace. A full practice facility complements the golf course, with a 290-yard grass driving range, putting green and practice bunkers. The area surrounding the clubhouse is landscaped into beautiful gardens, while the views from the clubhouse patios encompassed terraced rice fields and pine forests.
Caddies mandatory (included in GF)
Carts available + Club rental+ Soft spikes only
• Practice Facilities: Double tiered driving range (300 yds), 9 target greens + Putting & Pitching green + Bunker practice + Resident Pros
• Clubhouse: Fully stocked Proshop, locker rooms, Bar & Restaurant
Dalat & Saigon Golf
• The Dalat At 1200 Country Club
Peter Rousseau & Kyi Hla (2014) - 7,650 yds - Par 72 - 5,000 ft./1,500 m. above sea level
Asian Tour Venue & Certified Golf Destination
Between Dalat City and its airport, The Dalat At 1200 enjoys an idyllic location on the shores of a natural spring fed lake. Sprawling over rolling grounds surrounded by pine wooded hills, the course was co-designed by Peter Rousseau, of P&Z design, and Asian Tour player Kyi Hla - Dalat 1200 is the first officially sanctioned Asian Tour destination. As its name indicates, the course spans between 1,200 and 1,600 meters, enjoying a cool highlands climate whit daytime highs not exceeding 25ª C, favouring good green keeping and comfortable playing conditions, not to mention the altitude which will give your drive extra length !
The layout make most of tis natural surroundings, integrating native pines, streams, lakes and waterfalls which meanders through the course, together with the additional flower beds framing each holes, all of which enjoy scenic views over its alpine-style surroundings. Golf carts are mandatory as the holes have long green to tee distances and significant elevation changes. An excellent championship and upscale golf alternative to the vintage Dalat Golf Club layout.
• Sacom Tuyen Lam Golf Resort
CT Ekistics, Canada (2014) - 18 holes - 7,074 yds - Par 72 - 5,000 ft./1,500 m. above sea level
Fifteen kilometres south of Dalat City, on the eastern shores of Lake Tuyen Lam, this brand new Canadian designed golf course stretches through an narrow valley surrounded by wooded hills and towering pine trees. This beautiful scenery, combined with the highlands climate make for a cool round of golf, although early starting times are not recommended because of the usual morning fog, which gives to the whole site an eerie look. Many holes play from elevated tees to tight fairways, putting accuracy over distance - drivers are best left in the bag ! Greens are well guarded, with gentle slopes and Bent grass. Fairways are seeded with standard Bermuda grass. Accommodation is available on site at the 5 star Swiss-Belresort Tuyen Lam. Altogether an excellent complement or alternative to the vintage Dalat Golf Club in these lush, cool highlands of Central Vietnam.
SAIGON (Ho Chi Minh City)
There are also some excellent courses in Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City), your gateway to Dalat.
• Vietnam Golf & Country Club
Vietnam Golf & Country Club is the first 36-hole golf facility in Vietnam and is widely regarded as the country’s premier golf club. Located 20 kilometres from Saigon’s town centre (now Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam Golf and Country Club is also the nearest golf club to the city. Set amongst 300 hectares of a massive lakeside residential area, the two great golf courses have been carved out of the existing woodland with minimal land movement, leaving the feel that the land was always destined to be a golf course, so natural is the lay-out and design. Weekend play is reserved to members.
- West Course (1994) Chen King Shih - Venue of the Vietnam Open 1995-97
The West course first opened in December 1994, and was designed by Taiwanese architect Chen King Shih. The course winds its way through the trees offering challenging tee shots to the tree lined fairways before playing to the softly contoured Bermuda TifEagle greens, which provide beautiful putting surfaces all year round.
- East Course (1997) Lee Trevino
Six-time Major Champion Winner, Lee Trevino designed the East Course which opened in September 1997. The East Course offers more generous fairways than the West Course but is protected by well positioned bunkers, water hazards and undulating Bermuda TifDwarf greens.
Hidden away in the Central Highlands at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Dalat enjoys comfortable year round temperatures and evergreen surroundings. Known as the "City of Eternal Spring" and "Le Petit Paris", Dalat has long been a popular retreat with the royalty and French colonists seeking the cool mountain air to escape the sweltering heat of the coastal plains and the Mekong Delta.
Dalat looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps. Many of its hotels and houses are built in a European/ French style. The city spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, with a small lake in the center and surrounded by a man made lake and higher peaks, making for some lovely scenery quite different from the rest of Vietnam.
Dalat is very much a niche tourism town, open to some of the more adventurous travelers or the Indo chic romantics seeking world class golf. There is a steady flow during some parts of the year of tourist from all walks of life and places, small hotels, cafe's lining its streets and plenty of small shops offering anything from orchids to knitwear.
Address & Contact
12 Tran Phu Street
Dalat (Lam Dong)
Dalat, Lam Dong province (Central Highlands)
320 km. NE Saigon + 180 km. N of Phan Thiet
Dalat Airport (DLI), 30 km.
Daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City International Airport (SGN) and Hanoi (HAN)
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Tropical with seasonal monsoons, tempered by the altitude. Rain Season from April to November