Sagami Country Club is a 1931 design from Rokuro Akaboshi, who was not only a pioneer of Japanese golf course design, but also the winner of the inaugural Japan Open in 1927.
Laid out by the flamboyant American architect Robert von Haage, the tree-lined fairways at Nish-Nasuno Country Club are framed by tall Japanese red pine trees, providing golfers with a real sense of seclusion when they play here.
Located a short 20-minute drive northeast of Narita city centre, Narita Golf Club was founded in the late 1980s, with Taizo Kawata setting out the course. Surprisingly for a tree-lined layout, playing corridors are relatively wide and forgiving.
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.
The Sumire course comprises the private 18-hole layout at the 36-hole Murasaki Country Club. Pascuzzo Pate Golf Design began a phased upgrade in 2012 which resulted in the 85th edition of the Japan Open being held here in 2020.
The East and South nines at the 27-hole Kawaguchiko Country Club form the premier 18-hole combination at this 1977 Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin creation. The course is routed over gentle, forested terrain at altitude of about 1,000 meters at the northern foot of Mount Fuji.
Japan’s New St Andrews Golf Club is a 27-hole facility where Jack Nicklaus and Desmond Muirhead laid out the club’s 18-hole New course in 1975. It’s a well-bunkered 6,800-yard layout where both small and large ponds also create an aquatic challenge during the round.
A three-time host of the Japan Open Championship (most recently in 2007, which Toru Taniguchi won) the East course at Sagamihara Golf Club dates back to 1955 and it’s a thoroughly challenging layout.
The West course at the 36-hole Shishido Hills Country Club has played host to the Japan Golf Tour Championship since 2003 and it’s a tough-as-nails 7,200-yard test when the rough is up and the layout is prepared in its rather narrow championship livery.
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.