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Top 100 Golf Courses - Japan

Nasu

21st Japan 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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Hakone

22nd Japan Ranking

Designed by Shiro Akaboshi in 1954, the course at Hakone Country Club was built with no expense spared, including the importation of thousands of tons of volcanic soil from the Mt Fuji region.

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Phoenix (Takachiho & Sumiyoshi)

23rd Japan Ranking

Phoenix Country Club is located within the Phoenix Seagaia Resort on the Hitotsuba Pacific Coast and Kokichi Ohashi set out the original 18-hole course in 1971.

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Taiheiyo (Gotemba)

24th Japan Ranking

Taiheiyo Club operates 18 golf courses in Japan and its flagship Gotemba course hosted the World Cup in 2001, an event won by the South African team of Ernie Els and Retief Goosen.

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Ibaraki (West)

25th Japan 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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Higashi Hirono

26th Japan Ranking

The hill course at Higashi Hirono Golf Club is a 1989 Yukichi Kobayashi creation, which staged the 2012 Panasonic Open, won by the architect’s namesake Masanori Kobayashi.

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Golden Valley Golf Club

27th Japan Ranking

Opened in the late 1980s and designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the mountain course at Golden Valley Golf Club was one of the first in Japan to employ single greens.

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Rokko Kokusai (East)

28th Japan Ranking

The East course at the 36-hole Rokko Kokusai Golf Club is a Fukuichi Kato design from 1975 that was renovated by Nicklaus Design in 1996.

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Chiba (Umesato)

29th Japan Ranking

The Umesato course at Chiba Country Club opened for play in 1960, hosting the Japan Open just two years after its inauguration.

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Ise

30th Japan 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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Japan Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Kimi Hoshiyama Courses Played 76
2 Kenichiro Oda Courses Played 31
3 Tony Hagihara Courses Played 25
4 Yutaka Kawanami Courses Played 17
5 Bob McCoy Courses Played 14
6 Hwa Young Nam Courses Played 12
7 Fergal O'Leary Courses Played 8
8 Ozzie Ling Courses Played 8
9 Paul Rudovsky Courses Played 8
10 Lori Kraus Courses Played 7