Seiichi Inoue

Full Name
Seiichi Inoue
Year of Birth
1908
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

Aichi

6th Chubu - Best in Area 36th 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)

20th Kanto - Best in Area 45th 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)

11th Kanto - Best in Area 21st Japan Ranking 52nd 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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Ise

4th Kinki (Kansai) - Best in Area 19th Japan Ranking 47th Asia 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)

10th Kanto - Best in Area 17th Japan Ranking 42nd 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)

19th Kanto - Best in Area 44th 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)

16th Kanto - Best in Area 34th 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.

Nasu

9th Kanto - Best in Area 15th Japan Ranking 38th Asia Ranking

Routed across undulating, wooded terrain, Nasu Golf Club measures 6,615 yards from the tips and this must have been a tough course when the Kinya Fujita and Seiichi Inoue-designed Nasu track opened in 1936.

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Nikko

6th Kanto - Best in Area 11th Japan Ranking 28th Asia Ranking

Originally designed by Seiichi Inoue and opened for play in 1955, the layout at Nikko Country Club is a lie of the land parkland golf course that wends its way through dense trees that frame many holes.

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