ISSUE 2/2004

5 August, 2004  


This time I have some good news for our golfing friends in Kansai area, and those of you living in Tokyo but frequently visiting the area..

I have again put in a large number of hours on the site, because I decided to start adding courses....(read more below). To get a good idea about the "golf environment" in Japan, I input all the basic information myself, my wife helps me with some translations of addresses, checking rates, etc.

And when you have checked info on, and websites (where they exist) of 1,248 courses, you find some gems out there that you haven't heard about before. The one pictured here looks inviting, right? Enjoy your morning coffee on the terrace of an old Japanese onsen by the sea and then play a beautiful course. Packing your bag already? There's only one problem... It's far away for most of us. On the Japan sea side of Kyoto prefecture, 70 km from nearest expressway, 3 hours by train from Osaka and airplanes fly high above.
The place is Kumihama - to find out more click  HERE 

Course coverage
As I wrote above, I decided to change my "game plan". Originally the idea was to just include courses in Kanto area, but as I got a few requests also to include at least some courses in Kansai area, I decided to change strategy. So now I have added all courses in Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Nara and Wakayama prefectures. In addition, I have also extended the Kanto area to also include Fukushima prefecture.

The map at right (larger one available on the site) shows the prefectures (green) that are now included on the site and the plans for future additions. I am now working on the courses in Tokai area (Aichi, Gifu and Mie prefectures) and hope to have them ready by end of this month. And when those are "in", then we have listed about 1,550 courses, which means that there are "only" about 800 left. That's why I decided that in a not too distant future have all courses in Japan on the site. Therefore I also had to request my first sponsor, FusionGOL for additional disk space on the web server, which was kindly granted!

New instructions in Golf Academy
We have also a new piece of golf instructions from Derek Hooper, Director of Instruction at the David Duval Golf Academy at Phoenix Seagaia Resort in Miyazaki prefecture.
This time the theme is: "What is the Correct Equipment for Your Golf Game?" Read and take note!

Hope you would have an opportunity to visit the Seagaia Resort and play their beautiful courses and also take some lessons from Derek and his staff. Mention that you are a friend of the Golf in Japan site and Derek will give you a good treatment, and rates! (see web site for details)

Recommeded courses
Green Academy Country Club, Fukushima Pref.
As the name suggest, it has its own golf academy, run by Troongolf, which also runs the course. Very reasonable play fees, 6,400 yen on weekdays and 9,000 yen on weekends (without caddies). The course has also inexpensive accommodation, which might be needed as it takes 177 minutes (according to my calculations on the site) from start of Tohoku Expressway in Kawaguchi.
Hosted Japan Pro Match Play in 1988, 1989 and 1990 and US-Japan Intercollegiate Championship in 1993 and 1994.

Windsor Park Golf & Country Club, Ibaraki Pref.
The course recently changed owner (and name) and is now operated by CCA International Ltd. (operates also City Club of Tokyo) which gives it an international atmosphere. Excellent accommodation and dining facilities in the club house. Reasonable play fees, 6,170 yen on weekdays and 12,990 yen on weekends without caddies (ca 3,000 yen extra for caddie). It takes 104 minutes from start of Joban Expressway in Misato to the course.
The course also has a nice and new web site in English!

That's all for this time, will be back in about a months time with the next bulletin.
Please enjoy the site and if you have any questions, comments, or want to promote your business on the site or in this bulletin, please  contact me .
There's a lot of sponsor opportunities still available...;-)

Best regards

Clas G. Bystedt