Our picks for The Top Five Japan Golf Courses.
Playing golf in Japan is an experience unlike any of the western countries.
The design and care of Japanese golf courses is done in close harmony with nature and maintained with immaculate care, paying attention to every detail, especially with the greens and the trees that line the fairways. Many of the top courses have trimmed the branches of the trees to shape it to give them a Japanese look.
Many courses have two putting greens with each hole with different types of grasses to thrive in different weather and seasonal conditions, and are put into play according to the season they are designed for.
Tourists who plan a golf vacation in Japan are likely to be escorted by a bilingual guide who knows the customs and their way around the course.
Hirono Golf Club
C.H. Alison (1932) Par 72, 7,102 yards
A great inland course, Hirono is a relatively unknown marvel in the mix of the best courses in the world. The course is laid out with attractive ponds, tree lined fairways, huge bunkers and elevated greens. The 15th hole is picturesque and challenging with players having to hit over a ravine to reach the green.
Ohtone Country Club
Inoue (1960) Par 72
A beautiful, well maintained course with tall tree lined fairways and manicured greens.
Kawana Hotel Golf Fiji Course
Alison (1936) Par 72, 6,691 yards
This picturesque course can be described as the Pebble Beach of Japan, set on the coast with pine tree lined fairways adjacent to cliffs that descend down to the Pacific Ocean.
Tokyo Golf Club
Otani (1914) Par 72, 6,904 yards
One of the oldest and most exclusive golf clubs in Japan, it is a flat woodland course with over one hundred bunkers. The tee shots are not challenging and the difficulty is with the approach shots to the small greens that are elevated and protected by deep bunkers.
Naruo Golf Club
Crane/Alison (1920) Par 70, 6,564 yards
The course is characterized by natural rolling fairways separated by tall trees, with small elevated greens protected by deep bunkers.
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