Chubu

Noted for its most famous landmark, Mount Fuji, the Chubu region is located in the central area of Honshu, Japan’s largest island, between the Kanto and Kansai regions, and it boasts coastlines along both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Japan. Residing within nine prefectures, the population of over twenty million people is spread over an area extending to approximately 28,000 square miles.

The Fuji course at the Kawana Resort is a truly world class layout that C.H. Alison designed back in the mid-1930s and it has featured in World Top 100 listings for years now. The resort’s other 18-hole course (the Oshima) was actually in play a decade earlier but its elementary design leaves a lot to be desired, unfortunately. The Karuizawa course is another Golden Age resort layout that features in our Japanese rankings and it’s a relatively short track which lies at altitude about 100 miles to the northwest of the capital. The Wago course at Nagoya also dates back to the late 1920s and it has featured as an annual stop on the Japan Golf Tour for more than half a century now.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Chubu

Kawana (Fuji)

1st Chubu - Best in Area

There are two courses on the Izu Peninsula at the Kawana Resort and the Fuji course is universally considered to be the best.

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Karuizawa

2nd Chubu - Best in Area

The Yuji Kodera-designed course at Karuizawa Golf Club dates back to the Golden Age and it’s located at altitude in one of the nation's most popular summer resorts. You’ll need to befriend a member to play here, however.

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Nagoya (Wago)

3rd Chubu - Best in Area

The Wago course at Nagoya Golf Club is synonymous with The Crowns tournament, a Japan Golf Tour event hosted here since 1960. Ryo Ishikawa exploited the Wago’s modest 6,545 yardage in 2010 when his final round 58 secured the title by five shots.

Katayamazu (Hakusan)

4th Chubu - Best in Area

Established in the late 1950s, Katayamazu Golf Club brought the Hakusan course into play within three years of its formation. The Kaga course was added in 1971 so the club now offers golfers a choice of two fine 18-hole tracks.

Kawana (Oshima)

5th Chubu - Best in Area

Named after the Pacific Ocean island, the Oshima golf course at the fabled Kawana Hotel is a hilly Koumyo Otani design from 1928, which is shorter in length than its world ranked younger sibling the Fuji.

Taiheiyo (Gotemba)

6th Chubu - Best in Area

Taiheiyo Club operates 17 golf courses in Japan and its Gotemba course was given the honour of hosting the World Cup in 2001, an event won by the South African team of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.