Golfing with a view at Gotemba & Karuizawa
Japan is famous for the beauty and serenity of its unique landscapes, providing space for both recreation and reflection. Perhaps nothing is more classic than teeing off with a serene view of Mt Fuji framed beauty by the fairways.
Widely regarded as the “must-play” course in Japan, Taiheiyo Club’s flagship Gotemba course has been a Japanese golf icon for 44 years, regularly hosting championships like the EMC World Cup. In 2018, the course was remodelled by architect Rees Jones and overseen by Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama, and has transformed into becoming one of the top tournament courses in the world. The 18-hole, par 72 course is set amidst meticulous Japanese gardens and flowering sakura in season, decorated by stunning views of Mt. Fuji. Gotemba is one of Taiheiyo Club’s 18 magnificent courses, each famous for their unique topography and grand vistas surrounded by majestic fairways. After a round at this hillside tree-lined course, soak in Gotemba’s quintessential Japanese bathhouse to unwind in luxury.
Boasting mountain views all around, Nagano’s Karuizawa 72 Golf is a summer resort with 6 courses and 108 holes. The North course, dotted with ponds and bunkers, is the venue for the golf tournaments of Japan’s professional women. The East Course showcases two challenging layouts and hosted the 2014 World Amateur Golf Team Championship. While you can enjoy a casual round at the West Course, the strategic South Course has to be played with no break.
Address: 941-1 Itazuma, Gotemba City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Website: Taiheiyo Club
Karuizawa 72 Golf
Address: Minami-Karuizawa, Hotich, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Website: Karuizawa 72 Golf