The designer of the original course, Chen Shimizu laid the foundations of what was to become one of the most prestigious golf courses in Japan. It was remodelled by Taro Kawada and the changes only served to increase the incredible beauty and also the challenge that the course presented to members and visitors alike.
Standing on the first tee you see the beauty and spectacular landscape in all its glory, but you quickly need to focus on the task at hand. The start is tough, from the elevated tee you can see the well-protected green in the distance, the narrowing fairway flanked by trees and out of bounds to the right.
It doesn´t become easier, the third is a 202-yard par 3 with a large bunker guarding the entrance to the green club selection is vital here.
A particular delight is the clever use of the natural terrain, and the natural valleys are lined with beautiful blooming tress that add to the aesthetics of Sappora Minami Golf Club.
Densely wooded the trees play a part in the difficulty of the course, but add mystery, they frame the holes exquisitely and create a sense of being alone on the course.
The elevated tee on the thirteenth offers panoramic views of the mountains in the distance. Playing downhill, the hole plays much shorter than the card suggests and this opens up the chance of making birdie.
Each hole at Sapporo Minami presents its own unique challenge, and there are no weak holes.
Regardless of your ability level you will be tested at this golf course.
You will not be disappointed by the course, or the facilities.
The practice facilities are kept to the same exacting standard of the golf course and include a well-equipped driving range, an approach green and a putting green.
Clubhouse facilities are good, although not as modern as some of the other courses and resorts in Japan, but it blends perfectly with the traditional layout of the golf course. Boasting spacious locker rooms, swimming pool and sauna guests have the chance to relax before or after their rounds.
A warm welcome from the attentive staff is always on hand.
The club restaurant serves local and international dishes in a relaxed environment.
Located about 45 minutes from Chitose International Airport the course s ideally located for international and local visitors with great road links.
This is a course not to be missed.