Osamu Ueda

Full Name
Osamu Ueda
Year of Birth
Year of Death
Place Born
Osaka, Ibaraki, Japan
Place Died

“Hirono was requisitioned by the Imperial Air Force as a runway during the Second World War, destroying much of the course. After the conflict a huge restoration project was carried out by Toyohito Inui and Osamu Ueda (designer of the prestigious Koga golf course) using Alison’s original plans." From Masters of Design by Henry Lord & Peter Pugh.

Born in the Ibaraki prefecture, in the northeast part of the Kanto region, Osamu Ueda studied Forestry and Landscape Architecture in the Faculty of Agriculture at Kyoto University before setting up the Ueda Landscaping Office in his hometown Osaka.

Here he designed gardens, playgrounds and golf courses – as well as managing their construction – and his golfing projects were based on creating courses in harmony with the surrounding environment and the local topography.

It’s known that Osamu helped restore the Hirono course after the ravages of World War II but some think he may also have been involved in its original development while working as an assistant to Seiichi Takahata, the Secretary of the Japan Golf Association, during C.H. Alison’s visit to the country at the start of 1931.

He participated as a swimming referee in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, after which he took the opportunity to travel on to Great Britain and examine the English inland courses and Scottish links layouts, comparing their design to what existed in Japan at that time.

"Osamu Ueda in the West" and "Seiichi Inoue in the East" would become the leading golf design brands in Japan, with Ueda designing more than fifty courses over five decades between Hokkaido in the north to Kagoshima in the south.

Our international consultant Masa Nishijima adds the following:

“Hirono was completed in 1932 and Ueda worked there as a green keeper. Then, with the trust of the members, he was promoted to club manager status.

He was commissioned to design the Moji GC in 1934, with the introduction of Mr. Seiichi Takahata, one of Hirono's founders. This was his first solo project. Nine holes we...

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Osamu Ueda

Gifu Seki (East)

33rd Kanto - Best in Area 78th Japan Ranking

Originally set out by Osamu Ueda in the early 1960s and upgraded on a couple of occasions since then by Taizo Kawata, the East course is the longer and tighter of two 18-hole layouts at Gifu Seki Country Club.


1st Kinki (Kansai) - Best in Area 1st Japan Ranking 1st Asia Ranking 32nd World Ranking

Hirono Golf Club has played host to all the major Japanese championships and, although it measures a mere 6,925 yards from the back tees, it’s a supreme test of golf.


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1st Kyushu - Best in Area 10th Japan Ranking 24th Asia Ranking

Koga Golf Club hosted the 62nd Japan Open, won by Australian Craig Parry with a score of two over par for the competition.


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3rd Kinki (Kansai) - Best in Area 6th Japan Ranking 13th Asia Ranking

Influenced by Charles Alison, Osamu Ueda designed the course at Ono Golf Club in 1961 and it’s often regarded as the sister course to the fabled Hirono Golf Club. Host to the Japan Open in 1969, Ono is a testy track.


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9th Kinki (Kansai) - Best in Area 45th Japan Ranking

Situated to the north of Akashi, the 18-hole layout at Onotoyo Golf Club bears the architectural mark of Osamu Ueda. Playing corridors have narrowed a lot since the course debuted in 1971, placing a real premium on accuracy off the tee.


8th Kinki (Kansai) - Best in Area 33rd Japan Ranking

Osamu Ueda originally designed the course at Osaka Golf Club back in 1937 and it’s routed across high ground where panoramic views of Osaka Bay will be enjoyed from the rolling fairways.


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1st Chugoku - Best in Area 15th Japan Ranking 45th Asia Ranking

Founded in 1956, the course at Shimonoseki Golf Club was designed by Osamu Ueda and proudly played host to the Japan Open in 1991 (won by Tsuneyuki Nakajima) and 2002 (won by David Smail).


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7th Kyushu - Best in Area 61st Japan Ranking

Set close to the city of Kitakyushu, near to where the Onga River empties into the Tsushima Strait, the course at Wakamatsu Golf Club is an Osamu Ueda design, dating back to 1959.


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Osamu Ueda Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 8
2 Tony Hagihara Courses Played 3
3 Noriyuki Matsunaga Courses Played 2
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 2
= Kenichiro Oda Courses Played 2
6 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 1
= John Cornish Courses Played 1
= Norm Groleau Courses Played 1
= OLIVIER VILLALON Courses Played 1
= david morgan Courses Played 1