Hokkaido is the northern most of Japan’s four main islands and despite being the second largest, remains the least developed. Therefore, if you are looking for a Japan golf holiday with a difference, Hokkaido makes a great choice.
The island of Hokkaido is surrounded by sea on all sides and accounts for 22% of Japan’s total land mass. The winter months changes the Hokkaido landscape into one which is perfect for winter sports but the spring, autumn and low humidity of the summer makes these three season an ideal time to play golf in Hokkaido.
The world’s longest rail tunnel, the Seikan Tunnel, links Hokkaido with Japan’s main island of Honshu and is the only land link between the two islands. Chitose Airport, which is in the city of Sapporo, is the main gateway for golfers arriving from outside Japan and some flights will arrive via Tokyo or Osaka.
Nature is one of Hokkaido’s main attractions, with Daisetsuzan National Park, the largest national park on the island presenting a mountainous area of mainly unspoilt wilderness. Visitors can also enjoy the Shiretoko Peninsula and Kushiro wetland, the latter of which is home to an array of bird life, including the Japanese Crane.
For a truly spectacular sight, Shikotsu-Toya National Park is a must see and is full of volcanoes and lakes.
In addition to the fantastic scenery, Hokkaido is home to some tremendous golf courses including Sapporo Kitahiroshima Golf Club, Niseko Golf Course, Hokkaido Golf Club and Tomakomai Golf Resort 72 Emina Golf Club, to name but a few.
The nature and choice of courses make Hokkaido the perfect choice for a Japan golf holiday.
The beautiful clubhouse at Clark County Golf sits perfectly with the surrounding nature. Offering visiting golfers and members the ideal place to enjoy pre-round drinks or post-round dinner the clubhouse the hub of this wonderful 27-hole golf course.\n
Set on the mountainside, the course is gently undulating creating a huge variety of holes golfing challenges.\n
Split between the East, Middle and West course the major feature are the heavily wooded holes.\n
Although the courses are predominantly similar in design, each have their own stand out hole which will live long in the memory of the visiting golfers.\n
The East Course measures 3489-yards and is the longest of the three loops, and meanders through the mature native trees, requiring accuracy and good course strategy to achieve the best score.\n
To create the tournament course of 18-holes the East would normally be paired with the West course to give a total distance of 6944-yards, a nice change to many modern-day courses are the short target par 3s on the West Course.\n
The final loop of 9 is the Middle course, with a par of 36 covering a total of 3289-yards the Middle course is the shortest of the three, but no less demanding from a technical point of view.',
A 1 hour and 15-minute drive from the Japanese city of Sapporo you will come across the Hayakita Country Club.\n
The clubhouse and adjoining facilities are superb, with all the necessary amenities to cater for both the members and guests that choose to visit Hayakita Country Club.\n
Boasting two 18-hole golf courses, the North and South, Hayakita Country Club delivers two superb golf courses that are able to cater for golfers of all levels and abilities.\n
The gently undulating landscape, perfect for a golf course has been utilized to the maximum to create two wonderfully enjoyable golf courses.\n
The North course, measuring 7200-yards with a par of 72 is the more challenging of the two courses. Enjoying wide fairways, flanked by trees and bunkers the tee shots are not overly demanding and although the course is long it rarely tests from the tee.\n
Cleverly positioned bunkers and the use of additional water hazards blend to provide some difficulty.\n
The South course is shorter at 6941-yards and also a par 72 but is similar in design. Moving over the gently undulating terrain it is an easy walk, and much like the North course relies on the well-positioned bunkers and water hazards to provide the style and challenge to the golfers.\n
Course conditions are always good and both courses are a joy to play.',
Hokkaido Brooks Country Club, is an incredible design that incorporates every single aspect of the natural landscape, whilst generating a golf course that is a true test of golf and worthy of championship golf being played here.\n
Designed by Ed Sneed and Taizo Kawata Hokkaido Brooks Country Club is a top destination that has the heart of each designer stamped all over it.\n
Set in a massive 1.65 million square meters the 18 holes blends with the natural beauty of the landscape, creating two distinctive sets of 9-holes.\n
The front 9 is undulating and the holes are framed exquisitely by the Japanese Larch and white birch trees. A small brook runs throughout the course adding a tranquillity along with additional difficulty. The final 6 holes are more of a traditional Scottish links, than a parkland course as it opens out, with wide, rolling fairways, enormous bunkers and large undulating greens that somehow blend effortlessly with both the landscape and the front 9, and it is this effortless flow that really stands out when you visit Hokkaido Brooks Country Club.\n
To complete the incredible set-up is the luxurious, large clubhouse that caters for every single need, with large, spacious locker rooms, bright and airy restaurant and a well-stocked pro-shop with additional features for members. Hokkaido Brooks Country Club boasts superb driving range and putting green maintained to the same exacting standard as the golf course.',
The massive ground of 1.65 million square meters has abundant green and gentle natural ups and downs.
The 18 holes were laid out to go with nature as it is, with plenty of ups and downs on fairways, also with very beautiful scenery as well.
Its style is very orthodox, not trying to draw attention, in a sense, the prototype of a golf course.
The course of the Hokkaido Brooks Country Club has an atmosphere similar to those of prestigious golf courses in the United States, both elegant and stately.
Like prestigious golf courses in the United States, the course exploits the advantages of being “hand-made.” High-grade design ideas of Ed Sneed and Taizo Kawata, designers/supervisors of the course, are applied to every hole and corner to create a beautiful but strategic course, arousing golfers’ spirit of challenge.
We are convinced our authentic golf course, providing all the excitement of golf, is close to the original concept of golf.
We would like you to enjoy excitement and encounters to the full like you have never experienced before, on the ground here in Hokkaido.
A two-hour drive from the New Chitose Airport you will come across the Niseko Golf Course.\n
As a sister course to the Niseko Village layout, Niseko golf course was designed by legendary American golfer Arnold Palmer.\n
Measuring 6805-yards from the championship tees, the Niseko Golf Club is a true test of golfing ability.\n
The majority of golfers will and most definitely should play from the forward tees, as the difficulty of the course is high. Deep, punishing rough and out of bounds on almost every hole, the championship tees demand both length and accuracy if you want to post a good score here.',
A particular delight are the long par threes with the shortest measuring 189-yards.\n
Palmer´s use of water hazards, the natural landscape in the shadow of Mount Yotei and the devilishly positioned bunkers guarding both fairway and greens make Niseko Golf Course a superb choice for golfers looking for the ultimate challenge.\n
Beautiful cherry blossoms are abundant and when in bloom offer a superb aroma and visual spectacle.\n
The clubhouse offers the basic amenities that visiting golfers require, with shower rooms, locker rooms and well-stoked pro-shop.',
Designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, this challenging course is superb to walk and soak up Niseko\'s scenery. A par 72 and 6,805 yard course, first tee is a mere 20-minute drive from Niseko Village. The signature par 3, 5-hole is an undulating, slightly elevated green guarded by bunkers and water that demands an accurate drive to avoid out of bound areas lurking close to the fairways.',
Designed by Yoshaki Tsutsumi the Niseko Village golf course was opened in 1992 and boasts a par-73 course measuring 6845-yards from the back tees.\n
Unlike many courses in the area, Niseko Village Golf Course is relatively flat but that does not mean the course is easy.\n
An incredible feature of the Niseko Village course is the 10th hole. A monster par 6, that measures a massive 721-yards from the back tees requiring 4 well-struck shots to reach the green.\n
The incredible Mount Yotei creates the perfect backdrop to many of the holes that meander through the towering native trees, creating the feel of a “millionaires” golfing experience in some of the most spectacular scenery in Japan.\n
Strategically placed water hazards, create additional difficulty to the course as well as creating yet more aesthetically pleasing holes designs.\n
Facilities include the large hotel and clubhouse complex with various dining and accommodation options, and while the golf course is closed during the winter months the resort at the foot of the mountain is busy year-round with the ski resort.\n
Niseko Village Golf course is a course that caters for your every need, with first class facilities, both non-golf and golf related.\n
It is certainly a place that you must visit.',
Carved out of a thick forest, this course has views of Mount Yotei and surrounding Hokkaido mountain ranges. Resort golf at its best, this par 73 and 6,845 yard course is suited to all levels of golfers. It is located adjacent to Hilton Niseko Village.',