DALAT PALACE GOLF CLUB
The Dalat Palace Golf Club is a golf retreat that soothes the
senses, invigorates the body and calms the mind.
Visitors to Dalat are reminded of the days when the pursuit of
leisure was an art form. Now with the opening of Dalat Palace
Golf Club, this same pursuit of leisure has returned to the
majestic and temperate highlands of Vietnam.
Since the opening of Dalat Palace Golf Club in 1922 (originally
a 9-hole course), the city has hosted golfers from around the
world, including American champion Billy Casper.
In early 1994, Dalat emerged once again as the ideal golf
retreat in Southeast Asia with the revival and expansion of
Dalat Palace Golf Club. The 18-hole course is crafted into the
area’s gently rolling hills, surrounded by stately pine trees,
and seated above majestic Xuan Huong lake, named after an
eighteenth century woman poet.
The Dalat Palace Golf Club remains linked to its
past by the original clubhouse, built in 1956 when the initial
9-hole club was first renovated. The clubhouse has been fully
restored and remains in use today with a full pro shop,
restaurant, fireplace and outdoor patio areas.
The clubhouse restaurant offers both superb Vietnamese and
Local and expatriate staff greet members and their guests with
warm, friendly smiles and service that have made Dalat a popular
retreat for decades.
Areas surrounding the clubhouse are landscaped into beautiful
gardens, respecting another fine Dalat tradition. Vistas from
the clubhouse offer a wonderful canvas of terraced fields & pine
At 7,009 yards in length and par 72, Dalat Palace Golf Club is
an enjoyable challenge for golfers of all levels. Low handicap
players will be tested by a series of lakes, which meander
through ten of eighteen holes, as well as strategically placed
bunkers, which penalize the miscalculating risk-taker. Novice
players will find relief with large accommodating greens
normally left open for run-up approach shots, as well as wide,
Dalat Palace Golf Club features par 3’s ranging in length from
164 to 234 yards and par 5’s up to 556 yards. These varied
lengths allow a true examination of one’s golfing skills, and
require that players use each club in their bag – the hallmark
of a great golf course.
Four different tee areas on each hole
allow players to determine their own degree of challenge on the
A full practice area complements the golf course, with an open
290-yard driving range, a putting green, and practice bunkers.
The Dalat Palace Golf Club is the only golf course in South East
Asia with bent grass tees, fairways and greens – considered to
be the ultimate playing surface in golf. The large, undulating
bent grass greens are maintained to impeccable standards.
They present a friendly challenge unto themselves and once the
pace and trueness become familiar players will agree that they
are truly among the finest greens in Asia.
Dalat Palace Golf Club is managed by Jeff Puchalski, PGA A-13
and is fully owned and operated by Dalat Resort Incorporation (DRI),
a joint venture between Lam Dong Tourist and Danao International
Holdings Ltd, a privately-held US-based company.
Memberships to Dalat Palace Golf Club are available and begin at
US$ 13,800 for individuals and Annual memberships are available
at US$ 2,000 a year. Family and Corporate memberships are also
available, with all memberships transferable (except annual
Corporate nominees can be re-nominated. All memberships are
subject to the approval of Club Management.
Getting there - Vietnam Airlines operates daily flights to/from
Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a 40 minute flight via the newly
built 66 seater, French ATR 72’s. If you prefer to see the
countryside, traveling via road from Saigon is a leisurely four
hour drive through Vietnam’s scenic rural landscapes,
plantations, rivers and mountain passes.