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US Kids Golf Japan Local Tour Event

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM Comments comments (4178)
This is a regular local tour event and one of over 30 Jr. Golf tournaments they host yearly here in Japan.

Date: 2012, 25th November 
Time: Morning 18 Hole players (3 groups) tee times from 10:00am and 9 Hole players (7 groups) start from 12:53
Location: Kagosaka Golf Club 121 Subashiri, Oyama-cho, Sunto-gun, Shizuoka 410-1431
Tournament Director: Me..:-)

This event  is now full with a waiting list!! Great to see so much interest by the Jr.'s and their families. Good luck to all the participants..:-) Jr.'s players from Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Tokyo, Ibaraki, Chiba, Gunma and Yamanashi will be attending with 10 flights in Total. 


For a list of all the upcoming Jr. Tournaments See: http://www.uskgj.com/jpn/tournaments.htm

About US Kids:
U.S. Kids Golf was started in January 1997 by Mr. Dan Van Horn after his own kid's enthusiasm for golf quickly faded. He found that cut-off clubs were too heavy and hard for kids to use so he designed a club 25% lighter than adult ones. The company has since branched to include shoes, gloves, wear, and pull carts. This focus on designing around kids unique needs has made them the world's largest maker of children's golf equipment. They are the only company dedicated entirely to children's golf providing top level equipment to help children enjoy the game. U.S. Kids Golf Tour Series clubs are the only children's clubs registered and approved by the USGA and R&A, they may be used in any competition. 

USKids holds their World Championship at Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the home of American Golf, the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship is the largest and most prestigious event in the world for players 12 and under. This three-day tournament is held in a fantastic setting of tall southern pines and Donald Ross greens and attracts over 1,200 participants from across the United States and more than 30 countries abroad. Players, ages 5 to 12, who have qualified for the World Championship through their regions World Championship Qualifiers, Local Tours, European and Regional Championships, and performance in previous World Championships are eligible to attend. 

See this video of last years World Championship to get a feel for the scope of this great junior event. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD8pmugrhGo 

If you'd like to get more information you can always contact:

Bennett J. Galloway
Director of Tournaments
U.S. Kids Golf Japan
Tel: +81-090-9892-4319
Fax: +81-0550-87-3886

Or Japan President: 
Craig J. Craven
U.S. Kids Golf Japan
Tel: +81-072-981-4010
Fax: +81-072-987-8962
www.uskgj.com




Event Report “Yelloween!”

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:19 AM Comments comments (637)
Event Report “Yelloween!”   


Halloween 2012 was bigger than ever in Tokyo this year. Not a historical celebration here in Japan, but Tokyoites seem to take to it with stride! This year a relatively new group called InStyle Tokyo held their second ever Halloween party and we were there.   

InStyle is a new brand event company specializing in themed parties, music and fashion, film premier after-parties, promotion events for music releases and fashion shows. Golf events are also in the works for 2013 and Fuji Fun Connection and Golf Shizuoka will be playing an active role in planning and organizing them.     

 
InStyles membership enjoy exclusive access to Tokyo’s finest network of nightlife, entertainment and social events with exciting and unique opportunities to celebrate music, dancing and just plain having fun!   With exclusivity and a variety of breathtaking venues, InStyle always aims to hold high-class premium events and parties in some of the city’s select premier locations.     

Fuji Fun Connection took this opportunity to sponsor along with Golf Shizuoka with golf rounds at both Gotemba Golf Club and Belle View Nagao G.C. With such a young and vibrant demographic making up the some 1,500 guests that attended this branded - Veuve Clicquot’s YELLOWEEN hosted at the Peninsula Hotel Tokyo, Fuji Fun Connection and Golf Shizuoka were able to get great PR for the Fuji area and courses, catching the attention of some fresh faces with lots of potential new customers and golfers.   



The entire Penthouse floor of the Peninsula Hotel made for the perfect venue providing a combination of uniquely designed spaces with breathtaking downtown Tokyo views.   







The attendees pulled out all the stops and the quality of the costumes was superb making this by far the best and most vibrant Halloween party in Tokyo this year.    









The evenings MC was Sein Kamiyu  (セイン カミュ) a well-known television talent here in Japan along with the beautiful winner of the InStyle Tokyo’s “Model Search” event held a month earlier. Event sponsor Fuji Fun Connection & Golf Shizuoka founder Bennett Galloway seen here on the left addressing the crowd.


The party raged well into the early morning hours and the Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne flowed throughout.













Congratulations to the golf winners and a warm-hearted thank you to event co-producers InStyle Tokyo and KO productions from us here at Fuji Fun Connection and Golf Shizuoka for the tap on sponsorship. We look forward to attending the next event which is slightly tamer...a Thanksgiving and networking event planned for November 26th at Victors in the Tokyo Westin in Ebisu.    

We hope to see you there!   














InStyle Tokyo & KO Productions がヴーヴ・クリコと共に開催しましたYELLOWEENに1500名以上の方にお越し頂き、改めてありがとうございました! オフィシャルフォトができあがりました。ご自分また、お友達を探して、ぜひタグして下さい!    

About InStyle Tokyo:

InStyle Tokyoとは 映画、音楽、ファッションのフィールドに特化した新しいコンセプトのイベント会社です。プレミア上映会や音楽プロモーションイベントのアフターパーティ、ファッションショー、ゴルフイベント等、様々なテーマのイベントを手掛けています。   また年間を通じチャリティーイベントも数多く実施しており、会社経営を通じ寄付を中心とした支援活動にも力を入れています。   InStyle Tokyoは、イベントの企画から準備、そして開催、すべてのプロセスにおけるスペシャリスト集団です。   そして大切なお客様に、東京での素晴らしいナイトライフをお過ごしいただけるよう、他にはない特別な空間を提供しています。 音楽、ダンスなど楽しんでいただくのは当然のこと、新たな人や世界との繋がり。これまで経験したことのないユニークな時間をお過ごしください。   イベント会場となるのは、どこも息をのむような素晴らしい場所ばかり。一流の場所で洗練された時間をお楽しみいただけます。  


  

















Slowly Consider Fast Play

Posted on October 30, 2012 at 2:47 AM Comments comments (614)
Slowly Consider Fast Play 

Nothing ruins a fun day on the course like slow play! It can kill your over-all experience and feel for any course regardless of how good it may be. Factor in some adverse weather conditions like heat, cold or rain and it becomes all the more unbearable. 


The below are some simple steps that every golfer should follow. And remember it's not about rushing your shot, just simply being ready when it's your turn. If you already practice the below, you are not a culprit or cause of slow play and thus help stop other peoples eyeballs from bleeding! Do help spread the word!


  1. Always be ready to play when it is your turn. I know it is fun to watch other players make their shots, but you need to focus on your own play.
  2. Each player should proceed directly to his or her ball. The group should not travel as a pack, going to first to one ball, then the next, and so on.
  3. While walking (or riding) to your ball, use the travel time to begin thinking over your next shot - the yardage, which club you'll use and so on. Begin preparing mentally before you get to your ball.
  4. If using a cart, don't drive to the first ball, wait for the first player to hit, then head to the second ball. Drop the first player off at his ball then drive ahead to the next ball. The first player should walk over to the cart as the second player is playing his shot.
  5. If your ball is on the far side of the course be sure to take a couple of clubs with you when you walk from the cart to the ball. This way, you won't have to return to the cart if you decide you didn't bring the appropriate club.
  6. Keep your pre-shot routine efficient and speedy. One or two practice strokes is enough and the longer you wait before making your shot, the less muscle memory you will retain and actually lessen your chance for success.
  7. Always carry a few extras like spare balls, tees and ball markers in your pocket so you don't have to return to your golf bag or cart to retrieve them.
  8. If you think your shot might have landed out of bounds or be lost, immediately announce to your marker that you will hit a provisional ball when it is your turn. Don't walk ahead to search, only to have to return to the original spot to replay a shot.
  9. Never hold up play because you're in the middle of a conversation. Put the conversation on hold, take your stroke, then continue the conversation.
  10. On the green, begin lining up your putt and reading the break even before reaching the green. This way when it is your turn you can step right up and make your putt, not begin to read it from that point!
  11. Leave your clubs on the side of the green in the direction of your cart or the next tee, never in front of the green or on the opposite side.
  12. Never stand on or next to the green after holing out in order to write down your score. Write it down when you reach the next tee.
  13. If you are the first to hole-out, either take charge of the flagstick or pick up other players clubs left around the green.


An easy check you can do is to simply look ahead on the course to the group in front of you. If there is a gap between you and them, chances are you are playing slowly. One common misconception is worrying about the group behind you. As a golfer, your only responsibility with regards to pace of play is to simply keep up with the group in front of you. Period! Even if you feel the un-wanted stares from the players behind you when the course is backed up, that is not your concern and you should just block them out of your mind. Pace of play also has no bearing on golfing ability. If you get from tee to green in 3 or 8 strokes it doesn't matter. As long as you don't hover over the ball for too long before executing your shot, you will be okay! 


These simple steps will help you navigate the course with out causing delay to other players and also show your group that you have and practice good ettequite. Players who fail to follow this may often finds them selves just not being invited to golf days while others are. This is one way the game self-regulates itself. So in closing do consider that it is not about rushing your play, but simply being prepared to make your shot when it is your turn.Not following any one of the above won't nessicarily cause slow play, but they all add up and you can times that by the number of guy's in your group....and my eyeballs start to bleed again! 


Come see me if you need to work on your swing or need help figuring out a good, speedy and effective pre-shot routine that suits you. See you on the course!

Cheers, Bennett J. Galloway



World Endurance Challenge 6 Hours of Fuji

Posted on October 14, 2012 at 11:49 PM Comments comments (884)
WEC 6 Hours of Fuji   

Nicolas Lapierre, Alex Wurz, and Kaz Nakajima (Toyota Motorsports) celebrate their win at the WEC 6 Hours of Fuji with sparkling Sake!!















Nicolas Lapierre, Alex Wurz, and Kaz Nakajima (Toyota Motorsports) celebrate their win at the WEC 6 Hours of Fuji with sparkling Sake!! 

Toyota’s retro racer with eye candy! Yesterdays race was a treat to watch from start to finish here at Fuji Speedway. Toyota Motorsport produced a somewhat surprise win in front of their adoring home fans. Toyota’s #7 TS030 Hybrid crossed the finish line just 11 seconds ahead of the strong Audi’s #1 R18 e-tron quattro, winning the World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Fuji.   

Toyota’s TS030 Hybrid












Toyota’s drivers were able to successfully avoid the competition making for an incident free race while the two favored Audi’s had costly rubs that taxed their overall times and eventually cost them the win. With Japanese driver Kazuki Nakajima behind the wheel when the checkered flag was waved, the local fans couldn’t have been more delighted. 


On the race Nakajima said, “What a day! It is a great achievement and it was a team effort so many thanks to my team-mates and the team, who prepared a great car, as well as everybody at Toyota who prepared such an impressive hybrid system,” Nakajima said via a team press release. He also stated, “To win a world championship race as a driver has been my aim for my whole career so it is a great day.” Toyota’s other two drivers, Alec Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre, both drove well rounding out Toyota’s successful team effort!   

Best of luck to all the competitors in the next leg of the series in China! 


  

Golfing Gold Rush in Japan

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 11:57 PM Comments comments (492)

Golf with a Mt. Fuji View near Tokyo, Japan
Business is challenging here in the Asia Pacific region, so when you decide to take some time out to relax, nothing is better than a ready golf destination with a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji to get your Bubba on!Just a little over an hour from the bustling Tokyo city life lies an area rich with natural host springs, wide-open countryside and 91 of Japans 2,400 golf courses. The Gotemba valley in Shizuoka Prefecture is home to the southern half of Mt. Fuji and easily accessible from Tokyo by car or train.

This resort rich area has undoubtedly the best views of the famous mountain that you’ll find anywhere in Japan. The land gently sloping away from Mt. Fuji beckoned for golf course construction. And, Japan's resort industry called with some of the world's most famous course designers to accentuate this most spectator and memorable scenery. Match this with the unique culture and fine local cuisine and you’ve got a must experience new golf destination.

Bill Murray in Lost in TranslationGolf in this region got its big bump in 2003 when Hollywood got in the act with Bill Murray’s Oscar winning movie ‘Lost in Translation’ depicting a famous actor who found himself in Tokyo with far too much time on his hands. One of the things he did to pass the time away was tee-it-up right here next to Mt. Fuji. Although just a brief scene, this strangely romantic, yet solitary image of a of a guy pulling his golf bag on a trolley, alone, yet some how not alone as Fuji kept watch over him, left a lasting impression with audiences around the world.

You can see that iconic scene here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGQwWvk7dIU

Bill Murray golfs near Mt Fuji, Japan at Kawaguchiko Country Club
The Gotemba valley, as with the rest of Japan, has just begun to realize the benefits of international golf tourism and strong domestic demand has helped round out the areas offerings. Accommodations are plentiful, with most offering natural hot springs on premises, traditional Japanese fare and even shuttle services from the local train stations. If you aren’t proficient in the Japanese language there are bi-lingual guides and tour operators in the area.Nothing is more memorable than hitting a perfect tee shot straight down the fairway with Mt. Fuji so close it literally towers over you! So should you find yourself in Tokyo with time on your hands, don’t hesitate to take a day out of your life for an unforgettable golf get-a-way.

Golf with a Mt. Fuji View near Tokyo, Japan from Gotemba Golf Club
Must Play Courses:
Gotemba Golf Club and Belle View Nagao G.C.If it’s golf with a Mt. Fuji view you seek, these are two world class, fun and challenging mountain courses with stunning views all the way from the pacific ocean, on view to the south, to nearby Mt. Fuji straight ahead. Don’t take our word for it; even a local TV station has permanently mounted a camera next to the upper clubhouse to capture the scenes full time! These two well-groomed courses are side by side with separate clubhouses and combine for a total of 36 holes all perched on a hilltop between the famous Hakone and Gotemba valleys. Easily accessible from Tokyo, they make for a perfect day trip providing a choice blend of fresh air, the Japanese countryside and breath-taking views. Bring your camera and get ready for a once in a lifetime round.

Name: Gotemba Golf Club and Belle View Nagao G.C. (golf with a Mt. Fuji view)
Designers: Shiro Akaboshi and Kazuo Terasawa (respectively) 
Year opened: 1971 and 1986 (respectively) Gotemba Golf Club 18 hole par 72, back tee yardage 6,345 regular men’s 5,980 yards. Belle View Nagao G.C. 18 hole par 71, back tee yardage 6,019 regular men’s 5,288 yards.
See: www.gotembagolf.com and www.belleviewn-gc.com   
Tel: GGC: +81 550-87-1555, BVN: +81 550-87-1112
*Reservations in English call: +81 90-9892-4319

Kawana Hotel Golf Course
If golf with and ocean view is what you are looking for, and you are not overly price sensitive, the Kawana hotel’s Fuji and Oshima 18’s are two of the finest coastal links courses you’ll find anywhere in the world and are accessible from Tokyo by train on the Izu peninsula. Situated on a rocky point the Fuji course firmly ranks 35th in the world for 100 best courses outside the United States, with its elevated greens and sunken fairways, often bordering 100 foot cliffs with the pacific ocean crashing below, you are guaranteed and breathtaking and memorable round. Its hotel adds to the entire experience having opened its doors in 1936, it has played host to an array of prominent people including; Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio (during their honey moon), John Wayne, Japanese Emperors and Empresses, the King and Queen of Sweden, Boris Yeltsin and even Golf Royalty; Gary Player often comes here to relax and tee-it-up!

Name: Kawana Hotel Golf Course (Fuji course) (golf with ocean views) 
Designer: C.H. Alison
Year opened: 1932 for the first 9 holes and 1936 for the second
18 hole par 72, back tee yardage 6,691, regular men’s 6,187yards
Location: Near Ito on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture
Access: Trains available from Tokyo with one transfer needed at Atami (approx. 1hr 40min if you use the bullet train) plus a 20 min taxi ride
Web: www.princehotels.co.jp/kawana  
Tel: +81 557-45-1111Area Tips:

Getting There:
Train: there are two direct trains to the Gotemba Valley from Shinjuku daily. For train Schedules try the Hyperdia site and enter your train station and Gotemba as your destination.
See: http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

Bus: highway busses (Odakyu highway bus) depart every 30 min on the hour all day. Estimated time 1hr and 30min.

Rent a car: have a car or van waiting for you at the airport with a GPS pre-programmed!
Toyota Rent a Car
See: http://rent.toyota.co.jp/en/index.html

Airports: nearest airport to the Eastern Gotemba valley Mt.Fuji area is Tokyo Haneda.
See: http://www.haneda-airport.jp/inter/en/
A close second would be Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport.
See: http://www.mtfuji-shizuokaairport.jp/english/index.htmlArea Golf Tour 

Area Tour Operator:
Golf Shizuoka: for info in English on all 91 courses in the area along with turnkey planned tours and custom packages, you might want to check them out! So you don’t get Lost in Translation!
See: http://www.golf-shizuoka.com/index.php

Shopping:
Gotemba Premium Outlets: Just minutes from the Gotemba Interchange and surrounded by golf courses, You can spend a full day here and there’s even a Callaway and Taylormade shop with Japan only clubs on offer. Enjoy shameless shopping and at 164 brand shops and restaurants. The Outlet is bordered on either side by Fuji C.C. and Ashigara Shinrin C.C. so they even had to put up nets to stop stray balls from upsetting the shoppers!
See: http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/en/gotemba/Motorsport:
Fuji International Speedway: surrounded by golf courses with Higashi-Fuji C.C., Fuji Green Hill G.C. and Fuji Health & C.C. literally bordering its grounds and track! Enjoy a variety of racing classes from F-1 to classic car races.
See: http://www.fsw.tv/

Distillery Tour:
Kirin-Seagram Gotemba Distillery: for whiskey lovers a tour here is a must! At an altitude of 600m the distillery is located in a large ancient forest on the side of Mt. Fuji. The mild temperatures, moderate humidity and abundant pure spring water from deep beneath Mt. Fuji make for the ideal location for distilling whisky. Enjoy seeing the production of whiskeys during a factory tour with a video presentation and a ten-minute all-you-can-drink tasting session…that’s 60 seconds 10 times!! Founded in 1973 by Kirin Seagram Co. the facility is also right next to Fuji Kokusai G.C., Fuji Oyama G.C. and Taiyo C.C.!

Get your friends together and come over for a golf vacation of a lifetime!



The North American Team takes the 10 Anniversary Mercedes Benz Japan Cup

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 3:26 AM Comments comments (278)
The event report is out from the Mercedes Benz Japan Cup held last Friday. 

Mercedes Benz Japan Cup 2012. Golf near Tokyo, Japan










The North American Team takes the 10 Anniversary Cup! 
See:
http://www.dccgolf-japan.com/report12.php The North American Team won the 10th Anniversary Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup played on Friday, 28 September at Atsugi Kokusai Country Club in Kanagawa Prefecture. The North Americans scored 74.09 versus Europe's 74.89, counted on the average of the 80% best net scores. 

Played in nice and warn weather, the tournament attracted 133 players, 68 for the North American team, 65 for the European Team. 

The individual winner was Masao Tetsuya (NA) with a net 60.4 (gross 86), second Adam Rider (NA), net 69.7, gross 91 and third Hiroyuki Hosoda (NA), net 69.8, gross 94. Robert Melson (NA) had the best gross score, 73, followed by Glen Sugimoto (NA), 74 and Dean Rogers (NA), 77. 

For more about the event, go to: Event ReportResults and the Gallery

We look forward to next years event..:-)



Luxurious Golf Just a Pebbles Throw from Tokyo

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 6:11 AM Comments comments (1067)
A Pebbles’ Throw from Tokyo
Kawana Hotel & Golf Club
The Pebble Beach of Asia and Less than 2 hours from Tokyo!
 
Kawana Golf Fuji Course No. 15. Golf with a Mt. Fuji View near Tokyo, JapanIf you’ve heard rumors of a fantastic, mysterious hotel and golf links in Japan called Kawana, this is it. 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.
 

Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe in Japan at Kawana HotelMarilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio strolled leisurely along the hotel's paths and lawns during their honeymoon stay here in 1954 and even John Wayne enjoyed the panoramic ocean views over morning coffee from the Sun Parlor. The elegance and ambience remains today and the Prince Hotels and Resorts group has ensured that the tradition of fine service and excellence goes on.
 
Fine dining is available at the various restaurants including authentic seasonal French cuisine served in the Main Dinning Room with set menus ranging from 12,000yen to 22,000yen. (try the Abalone steak that comes with the best sauce in the world!!) Also recommended is the Grill Room on the lower level with fresh fish and seafood and priced at about half that of the Main Dinning Room. If you forget your jacket for dinner they have loaners and are very discreet in passing them to you! Oops! Ties are not required.
 
Guests are treated to an experience of “old world splendor” that will have you feeling as though you’ve traveled back in time to a forgotten era. Over the years many prominent people have stayed here including multiple Japanese Priministers, Japanese Emperors and Empresses, the King and Queen of Sweden, Boris Yeltsin in 1998, even Golf Royalty…Gary Player came to relax and tee-it-up just a few months ago!
 

The Hotel offers a combination of Western and Japanese style rooms and a stay here in a single occupancy room (twin bed) is between 29,400yen and 54,800yen and double occupancy room between 32,400yen~ 57,800yen. Should you find your self in need of their finest accommodations available, the Imperial Suite goes for 288,800yen.
 
The Courses
The Fuji Course
Kawana Hotels Fuji Course. Golf with a Mt. Fuji View near Tokyo, Japan18 hole par 72, Blue tee yardage 6691, white tee (regular men’s) 6187yards.
 
Ranked 35 in the world for 100 best courses (outside the United States) and always impeccably groomed and maintained, the Fuji course offers breathtaking views of the ocean and the Sagami Bay with Mt Fuji in the back ground. Designed by world famous architect C.H. Alison in 1932 the first 9 holes opened along with the main hotel in 1936 with the full 18 completed the following year. The location couldn’t be more dramatic with elevated greens and sunken fairways most bordering 100 foot cliffs with the Pacific Ocean crashing on the rocks below.
 
This proximity to the sea causes the courses playing characteristics to change rapidly when the prevailing winds whip up, but most are happy to have the breeze during Summer Months as carts are not allowed on this course and the changes in elevation can make for a fairly hard walk. The course hosted its first professional tournament in 1939 along with its first International, the 3 World Amateur Golf Tournament, in 1962. It’s challenge and quality brought in a regular men’s JPGA tournament from 1981 until 2004 and currently hosts the Fuji-Sankei Ladies Classic Tournament yearly in April.
 
No handicap certificate is required to play the Fuji course, however access is “only available to hotel guests” with a weekday round costing 26,500 yen and Saturdays/ Sundays and holidays 33,900yen including caddy, tax and all applicable service charges. A round here will require you to dig rather deeply into your pockets, but you won’t be disappointed. The price structure guarantees that the course has limited access and is therefore always in pristine condition and awaiting your perusal.
 
The Oshima Course
18 hole par 70, white tee (regular men’s) 5711yards.
 
Kawana Hotel Shizuoka, Japan. Golf with a Mt. Fuji View near Tokyo, JapanThe Kawana legacy began with the Oshima Course. Designed by Komyo Otani and named after the island off the coast that can be seen from most holes, the Oshima course was completed in 1928 a full 8 years before the hotel opened its doors for business. It was reportedly built “with out” the permission of the owner and founder, the Baron Okura, while it was still a private estate. Having spent his student days in England and realizing the benefits it would bring to the relaxed country atmosphere, luckily he allowed it to remain.
 
It’s a fascinating course built with respect to the natural contours of this hilly coastline with comparable quality and ocean views to its sister Fuji course. The Designer masterfully worked with the lie of the land to create a course that feels like it existed there quite naturally. This is partly due to the technology of the day when the course was created, but minimal amounts of earth were moved. Carts are available on this course and it is a self play only style of play i.e. no-caddies with the price of the cart included in your green fee.
 
Each hole has been given its own nick name with highlights like the 15 par 3, that requires you to carry your ball over a ravine, named “S.O.S”, or the 13 par 4 bordered by the ocean down the left side and accurately named “Good-bye” in memory of your shiny new golf ball as it cascades down into the abyss. A round here will run you 21,000yen on weekdays and 28,400yen on weekends and holidays including cart and tax. The Oshima course is a true pleasure to play with each hole having its own personality in this postcard like coastal setting.  
 
The Area and Activities
The Izu peninsula is a renowned destination for expats with its semi-tropical white sand beaches, hot springs and beautiful natural scenery. It’s a great place to un wind from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life. What most people don’t know is that the Izu peninsula is also home to 21 beautiful golf courses including the world renowned Kawana Hotel Golf Courses.
 
The Ito area alone has 4 courses nearby and is salted with hot springs, pensions and great beaches featuring some of the best surfing and body boarding in Japan near Atagawa and Shirahama. Other popular activities include rock-climbing, hiking, scuba diving at nearby Futo, and even paragliding!
 
Kawana Hotel Shizuoka, JapanIf you prefer sightseeing the suspension bridge at Jogasaki offers incredible views of the rocky coastline and the ocean below and is a part of the Izu Oceanic Park which has in contrast, sandy beaches, swimming pools and diving. The ropeway lifts at Mt. Omuro and Komuro are an easy way to take in mountain top panoramic 360 deg. views with less effort.
 
A nearby Japanese Inn “Hanafubuki” offers a stay and play package for Kawana’s Ohshima course and you can find further info on it by logging onto the Golf-in-Japan.com site under “Reservations” or by going to the OutdoorJapan.com sites “Places to Stay” and clicking on Shizuoka for this and more great places to stay on the Izu peninsula!
 
Getting There
By Train: take the Tokaido Shinkansen (45min) to Atami station, then switch to the Ito line and ride it to Ito Station (25min) then take a 15min taxi ride.(approx. 3000yen)
By Car: from Tokyo, take the Tomei Expressway to the Atsugi interchange, exit and get on the Odawara-Atsugi road that leads to the Manazuru road that then intersects with coastal route 135 that passes near the Hotel. *Car navigation input tel. # 0557-45-1111.  
 
Reservations
For reservations at the Kawana Hotel and tee times at the golf courses log onto
www.princehotels.co.jp/kawana  or call 0557-45-1111 directly and experience the best of traditional Japanese service and some of the worlds finest links courses. If you have any questions ask for Kato-san the hotels English speaking Public Relations Manager and hotel history buff.
 
Also for further information on this and other beautiful courses in the Izu area check out the new www.golf-shizuoka.com site
 
 
 
The Money Hole
Hole 15
Kawana Hotels Fuji Course
Par 5 / 470 yards

With a 100 foot drop to the rocky shore line to your left, this beautiful and challenging par 5 requires you to take a leap of faith and shoot out over the ocean letting the prevailing winds bring you back to the safety of the fairway. Play it conservatively and the bunkers down the right side are waiting to penalize you. Strategically places pine trees line the cliffs all the way to this 2 tiered shallow green. A stunning golf hole you’ve got to try!
 
Bennett J. Galloway

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