With the forested mountains of Tamba looming on three sides, the course at The Cypress Golf Club comprises two distinct nines; an outward half routed over hilly terrain while the inward half occupies flatter ground to the east of the property.
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.
Established in 1990, the course at Tsu Country Club is a Masashi Ozaki and Kentaro Sato co-production which lies less than ten kilometres from Ise Bay, where fairways are laid out on hilly, forested terrain to the west of Tsu city centre.
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.
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.
Established in 1992, Natsudomari Golf Links lies at the northern end of a peninsula that protrudes into Matsu Bay in Aomori Prefecture. In truth, the course is more seaside than links in nature but don’t expect local golfers to argue about the difference.
The Sumire course comprises the private 18-hole layout at the 54-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.
Set in the westernmost region of Honshū, the course at Kinojo Golf Club is a 1992 Robert Trent Jones Jr. creation. The club hosted US Open sectional qualifying in 2015 and the course has staged the KSB Open on the Japan Golf Tour three times between 1994 and 1996.
Keiji Matsuyama designed the layout at PGM Golf Resort Okinawa in the early 1970s, with Isao Aoki subsequently modifying the set-up. The Hibiscus and Bougainville nines make up the 18-hole course of first choice at a fabulous 27-hole facility.
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.