Miho Golf Club

Course Data
LocationIbaragi, Japan
Yardage7010 yards Par 72
Course Rating72.6
Playing Date22 Jun. 2004
DesingnerRobert Trent Jones Jr.
Opened1993
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes (Compulsory and can be driven on the fairways)
Rating
Overall Rating
4.50
Course Layout
4
Difficulty Level
4
Greens Conditions
5
Fairways Conditions
5
Landscaping & Views
5
 

 

A view from the clubhouse
 This hillside course benefits from moderate ups & downs. Its layout is generally wide and open but many hazards are positioned next to good landing areas. The front 9 are relatively long, a little less than 3600 yards, and its design is orthodox. On the other hand, no one hole is alike on the back 9 and they have different characteristics, so it seems that the back 9 are more appealing than the front 9. Also, the back 9 are designed to make good use of two lakes.
 
1st  Par 4 438 yards

1st Par 4 438 yards (2)

1st Par 4 438 yards (1)
A slight dogleg to the left, a gentle uphill par 4. It is a pretty starting hole separated by trees.
 
2nd  Par 5 571 yards

2nd Par 5 571 yards (2)

2nd Par 5 571 yards (1)
A long par 5. It is downhill off the tee and the trees on the front right limit your shot. It looks wide on the second shot, but there is a lake and deep bunkers on the right and trees on the left.

4th  Par 4 447 yards

4th Par 4 447 yards (2)

4th Par 4 447 yards (1)
A long, straight par 4. The relatively narrow fairway is guarded by trees on both sides.
 
6th  Par 5 524 yards

6th Par 5 524 yards (2)

6th Par 5 524 yards (1)
A par 5 whose fairway is weaving. The green is gentle and double-tiered with bunkers guarding both sides.

12th  Par 3 132 yards

12th Par 3 132 yards
A short par 3 over the valley. Four bunkers protect the green and because there is an OB right at the back of the green, you should not hit too long.
 
13th  Par 5 560 yards

13th Par 5 560 yards (2)

13th Par 5 560 yards (1)
A greatly designed par 5 with OB on the left. The hole shows the “risk and reward” concept, which is the main theme of the course architect. Because there is trouble on the left side on your drive, the tendency is to hit on the right side but if you do, the next shot becomes more difficult due to the tilted lie. The second shot is a little uphill and its landing area is narrow. The approach shot is also demanding since the OB line faces the left edge of the green and there is a slope at the back and on the right side of the green.

15th  Par 3 226 yards

15th green

15th Par 3 226 yards
A slight downhill, long par 3. You need to challenge the lake that borders the left and front sides of the green for a birdie when the pin position is on the left. You can hit to the right side away from the water hazard but a large bunker on the right side of the green awaits your shot.

17th  Par 4 426 yards
A tough & long par 4 that curves to the right and surrounds a small lake. The second shot is uphill, and the bunkers guarding the green put some pressures on you. It is an excellent and challenging hole for advanced players.
 

17th hole seen from the green

17th Par 4 426 yards (2)

17th Par 4 426 yards (1)

19th hole

Affliated 15 golf clubs of Robert Trent Jones Jr.'s designs

It takes 80 minutes from Central Tokyo by car. Visitors can play.

The course was awarded 27th place out of 2400 courses in 2002’s Japanese golf course rankings sponsored by Japan Golf Classic Magazine. Within the top 100 Japanese golf course rankings, Robert Trent Jones Jr. has the second largest number, 10, followed by Siichi Inoue. Those are Katsura GC, Golden Valley GC, Kinojo GC, Pine Lake GC, Regus Crest GC, East Wood CC, Oak Hills CC, and Cherry Hills GC.