Seiichi Inoue

Full Name
Seiichi Inoue
Year of Birth
Year of Death
1981 (aged 73)
Place Born
Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan
Place Died
Atami, Japan

Very little is known about Seiichi Inoue’s private life, he’s even a mystery within Japan. However, a Japanese blog did report that Inoue preferred “beautiful things rather than beautiful women,” and his design concepts relate to the “flowing lines of a female body.”

Seiichi Inoue was born in 1908 in Akasaka, one of Tokyo’s most prosperous districts. The young Inoue showed academic promise and was studying at high school to become a doctor when he was struck by Japanese encephalitis, a viral brain infection that’s spread via mosquito bites.

When well enough to travel, Inoue relocated south of the capital to the coastal resort of Kawana on the Izu Peninsula, adopted the healthy pursuit of golf and recuperated in the clean seaside air. As luck would have it, a certain Englishman was also visiting the resort on golfing business. In the mid-1930s, Harry Colt’s globe trotting partner, Captain C. H. Alison, had been commissioned to layout a new course for the Kawana Hotel, and it was this chance encounter that dramatically influenced Inoue’s career path.

During his recovery from illness, Inoue witnessed the design and build of the world-famous Fuji course, which later prompted the young man to apprentice under established Japanese architect Kinya Fujita. Ironically, Fujita’s appetite for golf course design was also whetted when he met Alison twenty years earlier in 1914 as the Englishman was laying out the course for the Tokyo Golf Club. In 1919, after the First World War had ended, Fujita travelled to Britain to meet Alison again and to study his architectural techniques.

Inoue’s first commission as Fujita’s assistant was to construct a second course, known as the West, for the Kasumigaseki Country Club where Inoue was already a member. The modifications that Hugh Alison and American green keeper George Penglase carried out on the club’s original East course just after it opened in 1929 were not lost on Fujita and Inoue....

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Featured courses designed, remodelled and added to by Seiichi Inoue


6th Chubu - Best in Area 65th Japan Ranking

Originally laid out by the prolific Seiichi Inoue, the course at Aichi Country Club underwent a major renovation by Taizo Kawata in 2004 to coincide with the club’s fiftieth anniversary. Both the Japan Open and Japan Amateur have been held here.

Ibaraki (East)

31st Kanto - Best in Area 74th Japan Ranking

The East course at Ibaraki Country Club dates back to when the club was founded in the early 1920s, making it one of Japan’s oldest, and the 18-hole layout hosted the 78th edition of the Japan Open in 2013.

Ibaraki (West)

14th Kanto - Best in Area 25th Japan Ranking 99th Asia Ranking

Originally designed by Seiichi Inoue in 1960 with double greens, the West course at Ibaraki Country Club was renovated by Rees Jones creating single green complexes, reopening to acclaim in 2011.


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Ibusuki (Kaimon)

5th Kyushu - Best in Area 50th Japan Ranking

Featuring bent grass greens, the Kaimon course at Ibusuki Golf Club is a late 1960s Seiiche Inoue design that lies at the foot of Mount Kaimon, on the southern tip of the Satsuma peninsula, where strong sea breezes often heighten the challenge.


7th Kinki (Kansai) - Best in Area 30th Japan Ranking

Designed by Seiichi Inoue and opened in 1965, the 18-hole layout at Ise Country Club is one of three golf courses used for Senior Tour Qualifying by the PGA of Japan.


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Kasumigaseki (West)

11th Kanto - Best in Area 18th Japan Ranking 58th Asia Ranking

A major change to the West course at Kasumigaseki Country Club was made by Taizo Kawata when he converted the traditional Japanese dual greens into conventional putting surfaces...


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Kelab Golf Negara Subang (Putra)

28th West Malaysia - Best in Area 33rd Malaysia Ranking

Formerly known as Subang National, Kelab Golf Negara Subang began in 1968 by decree of the Malaysian Prime Minister. The Seiichi Inoue-designed Putra is the championship course at this progressive 36-hole facility.

Musashi (Sasai)

30th Kanto - Best in Area 71st Japan Ranking

The 36-hole facility at Musashi Country Club was established in 1959, with Seiichi Inoue designing both 18-hole layouts. The Sasai closed for almost a year in 2013/14 during a major renovation of the course and the rebuilding of the clubhouse.

Musashi (Toyooka)

24th Kanto - Best in Area 54th Japan Ranking

Located an hour’s drive northwest of downtown Tokyo, the 36-hole golf facility at Musashi Country Club celebrated fifty years in operation in 2009 by hosting the 74th edition of the Japan Open on its Seiichi Inoue-designed Toyooka course.


50th South Korea Ranking

Described as “an old-school Asian Tour course,” with greens sloping almost exclusively from back-to-front, the 18-hole layout at NamSeoul Country Club has hosted nearly every edition of the Maekyung Open since the first edition of this event in 1982.


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Seiichi Inoue Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 18
2 Noriyuki Matsunaga Courses Played 16
3 Kenichiro Oda Courses Played 8
4 Tony Hagihara Courses Played 6
5 Bob McCoy Courses Played 3
= Hwa Young Nam Courses Played 3
7 Philip Rowe Courses Played 2
= Kuan Kuo Courses Played 2
= BL Tracker Courses Played 2
= Hiroyuki Matsumoto Courses Played 2