Dalat, a small city in the Southern part of the Central Highlands of Vietnam, is not typically thought of as a golfing destination. However, it has a rich history in this sport dating back to 1922 when the French colonialists built the Dalat Palace Golf Club, which remains one of the most famous golf courses in Asia.
The city was originally a hill station for the French, who built villas to escape the heat and humidity of Saigon and other coastal areas. Today, it is surrounded by hills covered in pine trees, interspersed with lakes, and framed by larger mountains in the background. The climate is near perfect, with warm days and cool nights. During summer months, it may rain most days, but it typically clears up quickly.
While Dalat is a small city, it offers visitors a perfect stopover on a north-south golf break, or a one or two-day side trip from Ho Chi Minh City. Its main attractions are the cooler weather, clear mountain air, beautiful views, and glimpses of French colonial architecture.
There are currently only three golf courses in Dalat, with the Dalat Palace Golf Club being the most famous. It was abandoned twice during the Second World War and Vietnam War before being renovated in 1994. The course is considered one of the best in Vietnam. The newest addition to the golfing scene in Dalat is the SAM Tuyen Lam Golf Resort, offering superb scenery and cool mountain air for an exhilarating golfing experience.