The Dalat at 1200 Golf Course is part of a proposed development that will eventually yield a number of hotels, residences, different sporting facilities, and a wonderful golf course
While the original 9 holes has been in play for 7 years, the second nine is only just maturing after being introduced just over a year ago.
The whole estate is located just 15 minutes from Dalat airport in a couple of mountain valleys with lake views. At times it reminds one of Switzerland rather than Central Vietnam!
Whilst Peter Rousseau, and Kyi Hua Han are credited with the design of the two nines, local legend Grahame Harris has been the constant throughout the development and must take some of the credit for bringing this amazing development to fruition…
In 2015 the newly finished course hosted the KLPGA, and with bent grass greens practical with the cooler mountain weather, the course presents beautifully.
The first 4 holes at 1200 are super dramatic. It is hard to imagine there are too many better opening sequences in the world of golf. Elevated tees, rocky creeks, white splash bunkers, and some impressive green complexes make a suitable impression right from the start. While the course does quiet down a little through the middle of the round, a variety of challenges await the golfer.
Notable holes include:
-the long strong downhill par 4 first hole with creek carry in front of the green
-the long plummeting par 5 second hole with a beautiful green complex just over the rocky creek, and McKenzie like bunkering
-the mid length drop shot par 3 third hole. You climb so far to the tee, you start losing atmosphere, and the golf ball, if properly hit, has to make re entry!
-Hole 16 is a short par 3, with an all water carry- there is little room for error
-Hole 17 is another dramatic par 5 in rarified air
The Dalat at 1200 is a spectacular course, and when the surrounding infrastructure is completed, and the hordes arrive, it will be a notable inclusion in Asia’s best courses
The opening and closing 4 holes are set high on the slopes of two different valleys- these holes ensure your round will be memorable- but holes like 7 & 8 maintain the quality throughout the round.
High in the central highlands, it is important that you visit at the right time of year- and November to May are the preferred months.The weather here is generally more forgiving than other parts of Vietnam, and provides temperatures in the 20’s with lower humidity. But from late May until late October rain can be a factor…
This is dramatic, high quality golf backed up by solid strategies and quality playing surfaces. Get on board before the rest of the world!
The Travelling Golfer can tailor a golf trip to Vietnam to suit your group. For itinerary suggestions please see Great Golf Destinations: Vietnam- Dalat & The Central Highlands
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