Shishido Hills Country Club´╝ŹWest Course

Course Data
LocationIbaragi, Japan
Yardage7234 yards Par 72
Course Rating73.9
Playing Date2 April. 2004 & 2 July 2007
DesingnerHajime Yamazaki
Opened1974
CaddyYes
Golf CartYes
Rating
Overall Rating
4.80
Course Layout
4
Difficulty Level
6
Greens Condition
6
Fairways Condition
5
Landscaping & Views
4
 

There are 36 holes in total, comprising the West Course & the East Course. Both are great championship courses. This West Course hosted the Japan PGA tour, starting in 2003. The design of each hole is different, The excellent use of lakes and mature trees makes the course very challenging.



A view

A view

Cherry blossoms in the course


4th Par 4 415 yards

4th Par 4 415 yards (2)

4th Par 4 415 yards (1)
A slight downhill par 4. A long hitter can drive to the water hazard that is not seen from the tee if he hits a big ball to the left side of the fairway. The left side of the deep green borders the water, so a precise approach shot is needed.

5th Par 4 390 yards

5th Par 4 390 yards (2)

5th Par 4 390 yards (1)
The left side of the hole faces the lake. It is safer to avoid the lake on the left and to attack the hole from the right.

7th Par 3 192 yards

7th green

7th Par 3 192 yards
A beautiful par 3 over the water. There is water not only in front of but also on the left side of the green.


14th Par 4 460 yards

14th Par 4 460 yards (2)

14th Par 4 460 yards (1)
A tough par 4 with OB on both sides. The second shot is from a downhill lie. The approach shot tends to go from left to right. The green is well guarded by bunkers.

15th Par 5 625 yards

15th Par 5 625 yards (2)

15th Par 5 625 yards (1)
A long par 5. The fairway is tight and there is an OB on the left and trees on the right. You need to hit all 3 shots very well; otherwise, it will be difficult to hit the green in regulation.

17th Par 5 508 yards

17th Par 5 508 yards (2)

17th Par 5 508 yards (1)
A long hitter can hit the green in 2 on this par 5 but the front side of the green faces a lake. The big green slopes from back to front and is very fast toward the water, so putting from the back of the green is intimidating. This hole becomes about 550 yards by using the new tee ground, 40 yards longer than before, in order to meet the demands of professional tournaments.

18th Par 4 374 yards

18th Par 4 374 yards (2)

18th Par 4 374 yards (1)
There are trees on the left and OB on the right. The fairway is relatively narrow on this hole, too. The green is elevated, so the second shot becomes a little uphill.


19th hole
It was unluckily rainy on the day I played, but the cherry blossoms that I saw occasionally on the course were still beautiful.