Dalat Palace Golf Club
Course Data
Location Dalat, Vietnam
Yardage 7009 yards Par 72
Course Rating 71.4
Playing Date 29 Oct 2015
Designer Unknown (only 9 holes)
Redesigner IMG (1994)
Opened 1920s
Caddie Yes
Golf Cart Yes
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The Dalat Palace Golf Club is Vietnam’s oldest golf course. This resort course is located in the highland where there is an altitude of over 1500 meters. The course is spread out over a hill that overlooks Dalat city and the Xuan Huong Lake. Every hole is arranged exquisitely and the course has made good use of the natural terrain. The buildings that surround the golf courses are so unique and different that it makes as if players are playing in the French region of Provence. About ten to twenty years ago, the American Golf Digest rated the Dalat Palace Golf Club as having one of the most beautiful courses in all of Asia. With low humidity and an average temperature of about 20 to 25 degrees Celsius, players will find it difficult to believe that they are in Vietnam as they are surrounded, not by the typical hot and tropical Vietnamese weather, but instead, a cool and comfortable atmosphere. This old and charming course features small and well-guarded greens and fairways flanked by pine trees.

Flowering trees coloring the course

Flowers coloring the course


3rd Par 4 386 yards

3rd Par 4 386 yards (2)

3rd Par 4 386 yards (1)

The third hole consists of a tee shot that requires the ball to aim towards the dogleg to the right and a downhill second shot. There is a bunker that surrounds the green and a river that flows along the green’s rear side.

6th Par 5 519 yards

6th Par 5 519 yards (2)

6th Par 5 519 yards (1)

This 519-yard long par five has a gentle downhill and a dogleg that bends toward the left. Players should be careful on the tee shot as there is a body of water that runs all along the left side and a series of pine trees and OB lines that scatter the right side. The landing area of both the tee and second shots are quite narrow, making accuracy an important factor. Approaching the green will be quite a challenge since players must look out for the lake on the left and a bunker on the right side of the green.

7th Par 4 399 yards

7th Par 4 399 yards (2)

7th Par 4 399 yards (1)

With an uphill tee shot and a sharp dogleg bend to the right, this demanding par four has two playing routes off the tee: driving aggressively over the pond and playing safely to hit onto the left fairway bordering the pond. The route over the pond requires an accurate carry of 185-230 yards. When successful, players can shorten the overall distance quite a lot. Another route to hit onto the left of the pond is not difficult but the second shot will become extremely long. A bunker is placed on the front right side of the green sloping sharply from back to front

10th Par 4 398 yards

The tenth hole is a relatively straight par four with a downhill tee shot and an uphill over-the-lake second shot.


10th Par 4 398 yards (3)

10th Par 4 398 yards (2)

10th Par 4 398 yards (1)
15th Par 4 398 yards

15th Par 4 398 yards (2)

15th Par 4 398 yards (1)

This hole is another straight par four with a tee shot that requires a distance of 180 yards in order for the ball to conquer the lake. With a uphill second shot, players will have to be aware of the two statically placed bunkers that guard the left side of the green.

16th Par 4 434 yards

16th Par 4 434 yards (2)

16th Par 4 434 yards (1)

The sixteenth hole is a 434-yard long relatively straight and downhill par four. There is a lake that guards the front side of the green.

19th hole

In order to get to the Dalat Palace Golf Club from Ho Chi Minh City, it takes about 40 minutes by air, and an additional 30-minute drive from Dalat’s Airport. There is a Dalat Palace hotel located near the golf course, a 5-minitue drive away. The city of Dalat / The Dalat Palace Golf Club was originally built by the aristocracy of France as a luxury summer resort.

The golf course was constructed in the year of 1922 by the last emperor of Vietnam, Bảo Đại. The construction of a 9-hole golf course was decided during a tour of … during his time in his summer resort, while enjoying the beauty of his own land.

Last emperor Bảo Đại constructed a 9-hole golf course in 1922 to enjoy himself during his visits in this resort. However, this course would be at the mercy of fluctuations in the historic political and social. It had been closed by the downfall of the emperor in World War II, and later again the new Vietnamese government of the socialist policy acquired the land after the end of the Vietnam War to meet the hardship of closing. The course reopened fully in 1994, it has been extended from 9 holes into 18 holes since then.

Dalat Palace hotel

A view from hotel restaurant

Hotel room

Hotel bar

Hotel reestaurant

During my play at the Dalat Palace Golf Club, I stayed at the Dalat Palace hotel. The hotel is located on a hill overlooking the Xuan Huong Lake and the city of Dalat. The building remains in its colonial pre-war state, and the hotel is classic and gorgeous. Equipped also with the elegant, authentic French restaurant and the noble bar, the hotel has a luxurious interior and solemn atmosphere.