Dalat, Vietnam: The Dalat at 1200, one of the region’s most exciting new golfing and residential ventures, has joined the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) as a Golf Course Facility member.
The Dalat at 1200, named for its altitude above sea level, is situated close to the Colonial French Hill Station and Alpine city of Dalat.
The Country Club and Private Estate is a development owned by Centurion Group, a Singapore-based real estate developer with a diverse portfolio across the Asia-Pacific region.
Located less than 20 minutes from Dalat’s Lien Khoung Airport, and set in its own amphitheatre of 850 hectares, including a 183-hectare central lake, The Dalat at 1200 has been described as ‘a jewel in the heart of central Vietnam’s Lam Dong Province’. The undulating par-73 course offers challenges for professional and amateur players alike.
Surrounded by natural forest, pine fresh mountain air is in plentiful supply with temperatures ranging between 18-25 degrees Centigrade year-round. Dalat is also famed for its fresh produce and there is an abundant supply within the estate, or from the local community.
Tang Kay Hwa, Executive Director at The Dalat at 1200, said: “Open since November 2015, this is the first 18-hole Stadium Championship Course of its kind. When the clubhouse, resort residences and villas and other sporting facilities are completed, The Dalat at 1200 is intent on setting new standards for the entire family in a truly world-class country club and private estate.”
David Hill, General Manager at The Dalat at 1200, said: “Bordered by three pine-forested mountain valleys, our 2,100-acre lakeside estate has a micro-climate of its own, with refreshing breezes even at the height of summer. For the golfer, this refreshing breeze can provide some interesting golfing moments!
“Only a 30-minute flight time from Ho Chi Minh City, and within two hours by air from most of Asia’s major cities, The Dalat at 1200 is genuinely unlike any other country club in Asia.
“As a Golf Course Facility member, we are looking forward to being involved with developing the game alongside the Asian Golf Industry Federation.”
Designed by Kyi Hla Han, the course opened for play last year and quickly gained rave reviews, including a mention in the New York Times’ ‘52 Places to Go in 2016’ where Dalat was named in the top-30.
At the 2016 Vietnam Property Awards, The Dalat at 1200 Country Club and Private Estate swept five awards, firmly placing the private estate in the minds of investors from around the world.
In March, the club gained international exposure when it staged a Korean Ladies Professional Golf Association (KLPGA) tournament. Boasting a prize purse of US$420,000, the event was televised live across five countries with delayed telecast in eight other countries.
The tournament assisted in promoting Vietnam as a golf destination, while providing information about Vietnam’s Central Highlands region, Lam Dong Province and Dalat itself.
Working closely with all stakeholders, including Lam Dong Tourism, the Vietnam Golf Association and Vietnam Tourism Board, the event introduced Dalat and Lam Dong to a new audience. The result is that visitor numbers this year are significantly increased over 2015.
Since the AGIF launched its Golf Course Facility membership category, dozens of the region’s most prominent clubs have signed up as members.
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Golf facilities represent an enormous part of our industry and as we continue to run an increasing number of educational events for course superintendents and general managers, and offer more benefits to clubs, we are confident that this category of membership will grow.”
The AGIF has Golf Course Facility members in 11 countries or regions – Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.