The second largest of Japan’s islands, Hokkaido is the also the most northerly of the nation’s forty-seven prefectures. The island is connected to Honshu by the Seikan Tunnel, which allows trains to run under the Tsugaru Strait. Around two million of Hokkaido’s five and a half million people live in Sapporo, the fourth largest city in Japan.
The Hokkaido Golf Association was founded in 1934 with just six member clubs. Since then the governing body of amateur golf in Hokkaido has grown its federation membership to approximately one hundred golf clubs.
We currently feature just five courses from Japan's second largest island and the country's largest prefecture, but we intend to increase our Hokkaido coverage in the future. Meanwhile, Otaru Country Club is located in the Ishikari Bay of the Sea of Japan, half an hour’s drive from downtown Sapporo. It's a modern design from Kokichi Yasuda, which opened for play in 1974 and has since hosted the Japan Open a couple of times.