Extending to almost 14,000 square miles, Kyushu is Japan’s third largest island and it’s the most southerly of the country’s four main islands. Home to Mount Asa, the most active volcano in Japan, it’s also home to a population of more than thirteen million people, many of whom live in the northwest of the island, in the cities of Fukuoka and Kitakyushu.
Top-flight golf is a little sparse in Kyushu. The course at Koga is recognised as the best in the region and it’s one that has undergone a couple of extensive upgrade programs in the last two decades, resulting in it hosting the Japan Open after each renovation. The Phoenix Country Club course extends to three loops of nine holes and the two longest circuits, Yakachiho and Sumiyoshi, form the championship 18-hole layout which takes it into our Japanese course rankings.