Hokkaido

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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.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Hokkaido

Hokkaido Classic

1st Hokkaido - Best in Area

One of seven golf facilities operated by the same management company in Japan, the course at Hokkaido Classic Golf Club is a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that debuted in 1991.

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Katsura

2nd Hokkaido - Best in Area

Named after the Cercidiphyllum Japonicum, the elegant Katsura tree, the course at Katsura Golf Club is a 1993 Robert Trent Jones Junior-design and it’s one of the very best layouts to be found near Sapporo city.

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Otaru

3rd Hokkaido - Best in Area

Kokichi Yasuda designed a new 18-hole golf course at Otaru Country Club in 1974 and the layout was selected to host the Japan PGA Championship four years later.

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Eniwa (Mashu & Akan)

4th Hokkaido - Best in Area

The Mashu and Akan nines form the preferred 18-hole layout at Eniwa Country Club, where tree-lined holes designed by Hirochika Tomisawa are set out on the flood plain of the Izari River, making this an easy-walking place to play.

Sapporo (Wattsu)

5th Hokkaido - Best in Area

Venue for the ANA Open on the Japan Golf Tour, Sapporo Golf Club has all but three times annually hosted this professional event on its Wattsu course.

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Sapporo (Yuni)

6th Hokkaido - Best in Area

Not to be confused with the Wattsu course which annually hosts the ANA Open on the Japan Golf Tour, Sapporo Golf Club’s other 18-hole design, the Yuni course, is also a 1950s Seichi Inoue design located thirty kilometres further east.

Hokkaido Brooks

7th Hokkaido - Best in Area

Designed by Taizo Kawata and Ed Sneed (who had a 3-shot lead with three holes to play in 1979 Masters but lost the playoff), Hokkaido Brooks Country Club (formerly Tomakomai CC) opened in 1992 and it’s a tough 7,312-yard layout that pitches and rolls over the hillside setting.

Hokkaido Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 7
2 Tony Hagihara Courses Played 2
3 Jun Taniguchi Courses Played 1
= Bob McCoy Courses Played 1
= Rory Wood Courses Played 1