is a 2 hours 30 minutes drive from central Tokyo. By train, it is an 80-minute
ride of Shinkansen and a 20-minute ride of taxi. Visitors can play as it is a
The course is awarded the seventh place out of 2400
courses in 2002’s Japanese golf course rankings by the Japan Golf Classic Magazine.
The 7th green is memorable although I did not mention it above. It is a double-tiered
green but the back is lower than the front. It is a unique shape and if your ball
flies too far after hitting from the deep rough, it is easy to roll down to the
water hazard at the back of the green. When you look at the hole over the pond
from the 2nd green, the unique green with a beach sand next to it are lovely.
I stayed at a lodge next to the golf club. It is suitable to spend time on reading
books or meditating because there is nothing nearby. When I woke up in the morning
and opened the curtain, I was surprised to see some cows in front of the window.
I found out later the lodge is located inside a ranch.
The Hourai GC is
adjacent to the course, also designed by Robert von Hagge. Robert von Hagge has
designed and re-designed about 250 courses all over world. In Asia, as far as
I know, he has designed only in Japan. The course was awarded 7th place out of
2400 courses in 2002’s Japanese golf course rankings by the Japan Golf Classic
Magazine. Within the top 100 Japanese golf course rankings, Robert von Hagge has
designed 4 courses, Horai CG (5th), Kawaguchiko
GC (48th) and Ube 72 CC – Ebataike Course (83rd). The designer features bunkering
and he is called as “ a magician of bunkers.” He designed The Lakes GC in Australia,