ISSUE 2/2007 8 November, 2007  

Dear Fellow Golfer,

Welcome to the e-newsletter.
As we head into the remainder of the Autumn golf season we hope you have enjoyed playing some of the top notch 2,344 courses on offer here in Japan this year. We trust you are already familiar with our web site (if not, click the links above to learn more). This bulletin is designed to raise the awareness of the international community about GIJ (the best English language source of information on golf in Japan in the world!) and help make it better by encouraging you to get involved and rate courses you have played allowing other golfers insight into selecting a suitable course for their next golf outing. Enjoy the site and pass it to your friends!

The GiJ Golf Survey 2007

As we would like to know more about our readers and their interests, The team made an online survey from July 7 to August 15, 2007. We received responses from a very diverse demographic representing a good cross section of the international business community here in Japan.

This survey was aimed at golfers residing in Japan or those who have experienced golf in Japan on several occasions. The responses should also reflect the golfing experiences in Japan (except in questions related to golf travel)

Among those who responded to the survey, we made a drawing for a pair of Ecco's World Class top of the line leather & Gortex shoes with a retail value of over 50,000 yen. The winner was George Johnson.

To find out more about the survey and the results, please click link at right.
New Golf Columns

Nov. 2, 2007 - A Pebbles' Throw from Tokyo - Kawana Hotel & Golf Club
by Bennett Galloway
The Kawana hotel opened its doors in 1936 and features two of the finest coastal links courses you'll find anywhere in the world. In its heyday the resort was a buzz with valets scurrying about in service of their cherished customers who comprised the most discerning of Japanese and overseas society.
Nov. 8, 2007 - Midriffs Short Shorts and a Slap in the Face
by Willy Badger
If I had a love child with Nancy Lopez in University, our daughter would be twenty and playing on the LPGA tour. That would make me a concerned Daddy.
"She wears short shorts If you dare wear short shorts NAIR for short shorts." would like to thank all golfers and families who came out and enjoyed some of our fresh air golfing and other activities in Niseko during our initial year of providing golf tours to the Niseko region. It was a great summer of golf and surpassed all our expectations for the popularity of golf tours to our undiscovered golfing region. This would not have been possible without the help of Golf in Japan and their patronage. Whether you took part in an event that supported, relaxed on a "Weekend Recharge" package tour, or took part in our fast paced "Executive Challenge" tour, we thank you!

Unfortunately Mother Nature is bringing the golfing season here to an end and the golf clubs are getting packed away for another year while the skis and snowboards make their way out of storage for what promises to be another great ski season. Come see why Niseko has been labeled "Asia's answer to Whistler", and experience some of the world's finest powder, it's only an hour flight from Tokyo!

To save on accommodation you can book direct with Niseko Management Service or for your complete custom holiday - Niseko Powder Connection - "Your Niseko Specialist"
Hope to see you on the slopes or tee it up with you next summer!
The Team
The Club of Aqua
- Annual Golf Pass for International Golfers @ Aqualine Golf Club

Aqualine Golf Club
The Accordia Golf operated Aqualine Golf Club, conveniently located just 60 minutes from central Tokyo, offers international golfers an annual golf pass which entitles to substantial discounts on their green fees and also a free inititation fee (regular price 31,500 yen) for Total Workout Fitness Club located in Shibuya and Roppongi.

The pass also gives other privileges such as social events, free golf clinic and English assistance.

The annual dues are 126,000 yen for men, 88,200 yen for women and 189,000 yen for couples.

For more information click link at right.
Perry Golf Japan
No other company can provide you with guaranteed tee times at St Andrews Scotland! Perry Golf provides worry free luxury golf travel to the world's most desirable destinations. Walk in the foot steps of legends on the old course in St Andrews Scotland or explore the Palace of the Lost City in South Africa! A golf vacation of a lifetime that you (and your customers) will never forget!
It all starts here.

Belle View Nagao G.C. Kids Golf Special (Any day of the year!)
Belle View Nagao G.C. Kids Golf Special (Any day of the year!) Kids who are accompanied by at least one paying adult (at regular rate) can tee it up for 9 holes (from 1:00pm+) for just 1000yen any day of the week including weekends! Adults 9 hole green fees are 4000yen (weekdays) and 5000yen (weekends) * Kids must be 14 years old or younger (junior high school) Please bring some form of I.D. for kids near to 14yrs.

Weekly Specials (Every week of the year!)
  • "Athletes Day" every Tuesday 8,300 yen with lunch included
         (Players must be 49 years old or less)
  • Fridays are "Two-some" days when twosomes can play with out being subject to the regular
         2,100 yen two-some charge
  • "Senior and Ladies Day" every Thursday 8,300 yen with lunch included
         (You must be at least 50 years old to be a Senior)

    For more information, reservations and round lessons in English click link below.
    Report from the North America - Europe Golf Challenge in Japan

    The European Team takes the DaimlerChrysler Cup!

    The European and North American business communities in Tokyo held their fourth friendly golf tournament at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club on 28 September in sunny and very warm weather.

    Sponsored DaimlerChrysler and 28 other companies, the tournament brought together 138 players from the American and Canadian chambers of commerce on one side and the European Business Council on the other side. 14 FCCJ members participated in the event.

    Playing the new peoria (shin-peria) scoring system and calculating an average score for the best 80% of each team, the European team came out on top by 0.6 strokes.

    For more about the event, click link at right.
    Practice your putting

    "Doctor, we've got an emergency! My baby just swallowed my golf tees."
    "I'll be there at once."
    "But tell me what to do till you get here, doc?"
    "Practice your putting."

  • 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 us .
    There's a lot of sponsor opportunities still available...;-). The site is becoming increasingly popular, we now have about 38,000 unique visits and 90,000 page views a month.

    Have a nice (golfing) autumn and best regards

    Clas G. Bystedt

    Bennett J. Galloway
    This bulletin is published by and distributed to over 1,900 recipients among its members, other current and future golfers as well as the media.
    The editors of this bulletins are Bennett Galloway and Clas Bystedt. is the only comprehensive web site about Japan's golf courses and golf in English.