In January 2017, I was invited by my friends at Vietnam Golf Magazine to play at the stunning Sacom Tuyen Lam Golf Resort just outside of Dalat, Vietnam. I am left speechless by how incredible this place was. It was almost like a dream come true.
We stayed at the adjacent Sacom Resort for 2 nights, and had a lovely experience. The food was fantastic, rooms were cozy, staff was friendly and hospitable and the hotel was just steps away from the golf course. What more could I ask for?
I was shocked by how empty the course was for a weekend (I only saw 3 other groups playing), but it was really nice for me to play at my own pace without anybody slowing me down or speeding me up. I am sure that during peak season (Feb – May), the place will be much more crowded.
Before I explain further about my round, take a look at some of these photos:
As you can see from the above photos, the course was in absolute perfect condition when I played, and it’s not even peak season yet! I can’t imagine what it’s going to look like in March or April. Mountains can be seen from every direction, alongside rice fields, valleys and lakes. Fairways are tight, with lots of dog-legs holes and blind shots. There aren’t too many sand traps or O.B. – but the rough is thick and a place that you want to avoid. The putting greens were extra fast and held a true speed throughout.
I was provided with a caddie, named Trong, who was not only an excellent green-reader, but an awesome dude as a person! Despite him speaking a little English, we were able to laugh and share jokes with each other – which made the experience extra special.
Trong is exactly my age, but makes me look like a Giant (I am only 5’7”) — don’t you think?
Just like other golf courses in Vietnam, it is not cheap. As I mentioned, my round was covered by Vietnam Golf Magazine, but expect to pay no less than $150USD for the green fee (plus additional fees for the caddie, golf cart, rental clubs and golf balls & accessories). The hotel and food will be additional costs, so you are looking at a $500USD+ weekend of golf.
The staff at the resort and in the golf shop were all very accommodating. They didn’t speak much English, but were always there to offer a second hand and make sure that everything was right for me. The caddies were especially friendly as well. I was very happy with the hospitality at Sacom.
The course is located a bit outside from Dalat (South Vietnam) into the countryside, so it was dead silent and relaxing. It’s about a 20 minute drive down windy roads from Dalat. I could honestly spend a few weeks here just to detox myself and clear my mind!
I had an incredible experience and golf round at Sacom Tuyen Lam Resort – and I would love to come back again! I highly recommend checking this place out if you find yourself in South Vietnam!
Check out my Vlog from the whole experience 🙂
Disclaimer: The round was compensated for by Vietnam Golf Magazine in exchange for reviews. As always, all opinions are honest and my own.
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