Post: Wednesday November 5, 2014
Been missing your pitching wedge? Wondering what the links are like in Japan? Hoping that tee time is still an option in your new Tokyo home? If so, we've got some ideas for you.
Does Japanese golf live up to its reputation?
You may have heard the reputation of Japanese golf - that it's very exclusive and very expensive. Despite what you may have heard, there are a number of courses accessible from Tokyo that allow non-club visitors, so you shouldn't have trouble finding a place to play for a day or weekend trip. There are also numerous driving ranges and golf practice grounds where you can brush up on your swing. A couple things to note:
● Many golf courses are relatively far from the crowded confines of central Tokyo so plan on a full day for your excursion, especially if you're planning on a full 18 holes.
● Many Japanese players have their own clubs and shoes so call ahead and confirm availability of the type of clubs and shoe sizes if you're intending to rent either.
● Single players are not allowed on Japanese courses. Always make sure you have at least a twosome when planning your outing.
3 Golf courses near Tokyo to put on your bucket list
Any of these courses are a doable day trip from Tokyo.
1) The Windsor Park Golf and Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture is the least expensive of the three. It's an hour drive up the Joban Expressway from Tokyo and is maintained to international standards with beautiful rolling hills as a backdrop. The 18-hole course is par 72 and will challenge novices and pros alike.
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2) The Gotemba Golf Club (Japanese link) is located in Shizuoka Prefecture and boasts some beautiful views of classic Japanese scenery including Mt Fuji and the Pacific Ocean. The Gotemba Kogen Resort is nearby and offers accommodations for those looking to make a weekend trip of the outing.
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3) The Aqualine Golf Club (Japanese Link) in Chiba Prefecture was designed by course architect Shunsuke Kato and is an easy drive from Tokyo since the opening of the Tokyo Bay Aqualine Tunnel. The 17th and 18th holes are renowned for their challenging bunkers and water hazards so be cautious on the back half.
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Head over to Shinjuku for a great selection of golf clubs and apparel
If you're looking to purchase some clubs or want to expand your wardrobe, there are some great places in Shinjuku that should have just what you need.
● Festival Golf is a chain of golf stores offering secondhand and discount clubs from a variety of manufacturers. If you're looking to save a little money but still want to be able to find high quality, gently used clubs, this is the spot for you. There's a branch in the basement of Shinjuku Center Building just west of Shinjuku Station.
● Victoria Golf is another chain of golf stores around Japan with a nine-story golf shopping paradise just outside the Shin-Minami Exit of Shinjuku Station. They have everything from clubs to shoes to apparel for both men and women, and you can be sure to find what you need here.
While many things in Japan may be foreign, golf is a universal language. Hopefully, this has inspired you to pick up your clubs and hit the green!
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