However come 2015, a new playground within the central highlands of Dalat, Vietnam will soon await players from the Asian Tour.
Located at 1200 metres above sea level and aptly named after its elevation, The Dalat at 1200 Country Club and Private Estate holds the distinction of being the first property to be announced as an Asian Tour Destination.
It is a hallmark of prestige and excellence which only a selected few can lay claim to.
While it will be some time before the first Asian Tour event is staged at The Dalat at 1200, the excitement is already heating up.
In a recent visit to The Dalat at 1200, Australia’s Scott Barr, a member of the Asian Tour Tournament Players Committee (TPC), described the Asian Tour Destination as a sight to behold.
“The property is very picturesque, it has a stunning entrance and the golf course will be quite spectacular when it is completed. The climate in Dalat is conducive for golf due to the low humidity and high altitude.
“It’ll be a great destination for golf in the coming years especially with its fantastic hospitality, lovely bent grass greens, cooler weather and surroundings,” said Barr.
With plans for an Asian Tour Golf Academy in the pipelines as well, the Singapore-based Australian is confident the destination, along with the course which is designed by former Asian number one Kyi Hla Han, will offer a unique experience.
“When the academy takes off, I believe there would be a very high chance you can spot the best players in Asia taking advantage of the facility and if you’re lucky enough, you may even get the chance to take them on in a one-on-one game,” said Barr.
A former teaching professional, Barr, who is based in Singapore, is equally optimistic the Asian Tour Golf Academy will offer the best training facilities for aspiring professionals as well as Asian Tour players.
“The academy once completed, will be equal to the best facilities in the world and will feature all the latest training equipment, a two-ended range, pitching, short game and putting facilities,” said Barr.
Enjoying excellent topography in the Dalat area, The Dalat at 1200 will allow golfers to relive the Asian Tour experience where they will walk along the same fairways as their golfing heroes and enjoy the property’s world-class amenities.
Not many properties can boast of this association with the region’s premier Tour and for the uninitiated, it’ll be an experience like no other when completed.
For now, the Dalat at 1200 has already scored an ace by forging its identity and taking up the prime position as an Asian Tour Destination.