Golfing around

Concerning swinging relaxation exercises, each man and his pooch knows there’s nothing truly like hitting the connections for a round of golf to escape the slings and bolts of ordinary life.

Just as comprehended is that golf in Japan has long had a notoriety for being – putting it affably – to some degree selective. All in all, what’s an in addition to four-cherishing weekender to do?

Just outside the scope of the drive calendars, gatherings and dull office structures, many manicured greens spot the scene of Japan (such a great amount for it being a “little nation”), simply holding up to offer weekend warriors a breather from city life.

Golf is a game that you fundamentally require a certain measure of cash to play, so there is an inclination that men in their 40s, who can manage the cost of it, play it,” says Weekly Golf Digest’s Yukiyo Inagaki.

“Possibly more youthful individuals can’t generally bear to, yet since some started playing as kids, in the same way as star golfer Ryo Ishikawa, numerous are playing in their teen years. Hence, the Japanese golf scene is loaded with players are either exceptionally youthful or the individuals who are past their 40s.”

There is, obviously, additionally a lot of room in that comparison for going to golfers searching for 18 holes of a Sunday, however where to tee off? Here’s our fast begin manual for discovering your special “great walk ruined” anyplace in Japan.

Figure on taking an entire day

You can disregard cutting out just four or five hours, golf in Japan is a throughout the day experience thus much the better for it.

“Likewise with most Asian urban communities, the area around the urban areas is looked for after and in this way worth an excessive amount to manufacture a fairway,” says Canadian Bennett Galloway, Director of Golf and Teaching Professional at Gotemba Golf Club.

 

“This implies that normal go times are an hour or two, one route, to the high- to mid-reach courses, so there’s two hours in any event on your day from the get-go.

“Most clubs will have a shuttle administration from the closest prepare station, however they as a rule oblige a reservation. Contingent upon the club, you can expect a 2.5-hour front nine took after by a required meal break (40 minutes to an hour) then the second half. In this way, we’re at six hours now, in addition to travel.”

“After a round, some individuals like to absorb the hot shower for somewhat, then now is the ideal time to square up the tab, which can frequently run ¥15,000-¥20,000, contingent upon where and when you go, and what number of lagers you had at lunch,” says Canadian Daily Asahi sportswriter Rob Smaal.

Anybody after 18 holes without the additional items may need to consider playing golf mid-week, when a round can be had on numerous courses for around ¥6,000

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Japanese Love Golf

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The Japanese love golf and there are so any reasons for this. Young people think that golf is just for old people because if you were not exposed to it, you would think that people do this to relax. Yes it is relaxing but people are very serious when they play golf because it can become a very competitive sport. The point of the game is to shoot the ball in the small hole which is yards away depending on the course in the least possible hits. You have to take a lot into consideration when playing golf like the air because it can make you ball fly another way and the grass if it is rough or smooth so you know how the ball will react to it when it lands. There is so much that goes into that sport and needs hard work and training. It is not hard to learn though but it is best you learn the earliest you can. The fun thing about it also is that you can use a golf cart to go around. Once you get knowledgeable in the sport, you would recognize that the different golf clubs make the ball fly to a certain distance and the power it will have. Not only in japan is golf popular but all around the world and I cannot blame so many for liking it because it really is amazing when you can hit a ball that far and get it in. I am sure a hole in one feels like winning the lottery because the chances are very low seldom. There is an estimate of probably around 32,000 golf courses in the world. That is how popular the sport is. Constantly, there are many tournaments happening around the world so you would be able to test your skill after training against different people in the world or your country. I really think it is a good past time and not only is it good for your health and heart but also for your mind because it makes you think a lot. Because of fun this sport is, I would not be surprised if it gets even more popular in japan. The Japanese love golf and there are so any reasons for this. Young people think that golf is just for old people because if you were not exposed to it, you would think that people do this to relax. Yes it is relaxing but people are very serious when they play golf because it can become a very competitive sport. The point of the game is to shoot the ball in the small hole which is yards away depending on the course in the least possible hits. You have to take a lot into consideration when playing golf like the air because it can make you ball fly another way and the grass if it is rough or smooth so you know how the ball will react to it when it lands. There is so much that goes into that sport and needs hard work and training. It is not hard to learn though but it is best you learn the earliest you can. The fun thing about it also is that you can use a golf cart to go around. Once you get knowledgeable in the sport, you would recognize that the different golf clubs make the ball fly to a certain distance and the power it will have. Not only in japan is golf popular but all around the world and I cannot blame so many for liking it because it really is amazing when you can hit a ball that far and get it in. I am sure a hole in one feels like winning the lottery because the chances are very low seldom. There is an estimate of probably around 32,000 golf courses in the world. That is how popular the sport is. Constantly there are many tournaments happening around the world so you would be able to test your skill after training against different people in the world or your country. I really think it is a good past time and not only is it good for your health and heart but also for your mind because it makes you think a lot. Because of fun this sport is, I would not be surprised if it gets even more popular in japan. This is a far cry from what men used to do to have fun. Before when the Japanese Imperial Army got bored they would get Comfort Women, which have counterparts in Korean Comfort Women and have fun with them.

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The Japanese Golfing Experience

Golf is not a sport you see everyone do everyday yet it is very enjoyable and relaxing. It is a very respectable sport and it is always best to start practicing this sport while you are young because it takes a lot of skill. Imagine being so far away and having to hit a ball precisely to shoot in hole that is just twice the size of the ball. There are different ranges for these holes and I am sure it is the best feeling in the world to get a hole in one because the probability of that is quite low when you do the math. Some people like Tiger Woods were born to play the sport and have a lot of hole in ones in their career. There are different kinds of golf clubs for different ranges you want to reach. When you play golf, there is also a certain attire that golfers wear and shoes. It is a very sleek attire and perfect for the sports weather. In Japan, there are a lot of good golfing ranges and golf courses that people would always be very honored to play in and enjoy. If you go to Japan, you should definitely try to play golf there or get beginners classes before heading to japan for vacation because it is going to be one fun adventure. Golfing is popular in japan because in the opinion of the Japanese it is good practice for respect and discipline. You also make a lot of friends and good connections for business in golfing because it is a sport enjoyed by the people that could afford it. Japan being a rich country that just keep growing in terms economically. In golf tournaments, there are very big cash prizes, which make up for how much you spend if you have the skill and are hardworking enough. There are Japanese open golf tours and many more, but you just need to qualify and show you have what it takes. Golf is not only a sport but an art and game where you need to strategize but can be fun at the same time. This is also certainly a better past time than spending all of their time and energy in US comfort women and booze.

 

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Etiquette on a Japanese Golf Course

Japanese culture dictates politeness and is generally based around the concept of honor. This has been part of the nation’s way of living for many centuries and is relevant to this very day, with a big emphasis and weight being put with manners and etiquette. With golf being one of the most popular sports across the nation, especially among the middle-aged male, corporate-job class, attention must be paid to how etiquette and such factor into enjoying a decent round of golf in the Land of the Rising Sun – after all, it is a gentleman’s (and lady’s) sport.

The first step is to assess where you’re going to play. If you’re headed to a private club by invitation (often at the friendly behest of a business partner or associate), you better get ready to bring your best manners to the course. A measure of safety would be to always wear long pants, even on a public course. This rule doesn’t really apply all that much to women, however there are obvious guidelines on the difference between appropriate and not. If invited to play, a polite inquiry into dress code guidelines is advised, but in either case, keep your long pants (not jeans or slacks) and polo shirts ready.

Another point of etiquette is that there is generally no tipping in Japan. If you’re playing with a caddie, and if you are playing on a private course you will be playing with one, do not tip them unless the other, more experiences players, do. In some courses it is acceptable for groups of players to throw in a few thousand yen each for the caddie, but leave that decision up to others. Given that on most Japanese courses you can only play in groups of two or larger and not on your own, you shouldn’t worry so much as most likely you are in the presence of someone knowledgeable anyway. In the case that you aren’t a discreet inquiry at the clubhouse prior to teeing off could be a good idea.

On that note, it is important to treat both the course and the caddie right. If you leave a chip mark on the fairway after a good chip, fix it up with the appropriate tool. Normally the caddies will take care of this, but it is a good gesture to fix your own damage instead of assuming others will do so, which serves as a sign of integrity. Be friendly to your caddie and make sure you appreciate his assistance. While, sure, it is his job, your treatment of those working beneath you is a huge indication of character.

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Differences between Golf in Japan and the rest of the world

Golf is one of the flexible sports that has different scoring systems as well as rules and regulations depending on where you go. In most countries, this tie in with the local culture and change accordingly as you travel across the world to play golf. With Golf having become one of the most popular sports in the Land of the Rising Sun, trailing behind the other two modern sports of Football and Baseball, it comes a little surprise that the Japanese golf pioneers have put their own little spin on the sport, which is of course in line with their cultural diversity.

Let’s highlight some differences between Japan’s golfing tradition and the rest of the world. Prior to tee-off, most things stay the same, except that most Japanese courses provide lockers for their players to keep valuables in. In addition you will be given a card corresponding to your locker, which can be used for purchases at the pro-shop or cafe, to be paid after you play.

The real differences start when you’re half way through your round of hitting the greens. After 9 holes it is often customary to have a lunch together with your fellow golfers. This is generally not done in the west, but is a pretty big thing in Japan and skipping it is frowned upon. It is generally a good idea to indulge in the beer or coffee, as they are meant to relax you and loosen up your swing for the back nine.

Now really interesting is what happens after the 18th hole. There is normally a post-round communal hot bath in a hot-spring powered onsen. The aforementioned locker will contain slippers for you to replace your shoes with. You keep your clothes on as you make your way to the baths, but bring a spare change of clothes with you. In the bath area, you take off your slippers and go to one of the changing areas with baskets. Change your clothes and grab a small towel and make sure it is a small one as taking a big one is a big breach of protocol. Proceed to either the western-style showers or do it in the style of the true Japanese and go to one of the open bathing areas. Here, you sit on a little stool and wash yourself rigorously before washing off and relaxing in a pool of hot water.

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Golf At The Phoenix Seagaia Resort

The strong presence of Golf in Japan can be considered somewhat surprising by some. However, with Japan’s tendency to quickly pick up on the western sports, bring it into their own culture and develop it on their own, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise, especially given the feeling of exclusivity associated with golf, as well as its integration into much of western corporate culture.

Japan has since developed a strong golfing culture, with hundreds of courses located across the nation. One of the most exclusive places to go for a round or two of golf is the Phoenix Seagaia Resort. Located on the Hitotsuba Pacific Coast, the golf courses at the Phoenix Seagaia Resort are considered some of the most prolific as well as exclusive throughout the entire Japanese golf industry.

The resort’s own golf course features a whooping 45 holes for an unadulterated experience of Japan’s finest golf. The 45 holes are spread out over two separate courses, 18 of which can be played at the so-called Tom Watson course, while the remaining 27 can be tackled at the Phoenix Country Club.

On that note, the Phoenix Country Club can be further broken down into a wider variety of courses to customize one’s experience while there. Its 27 holes are split into three individual nine-hole courses which can be played in a variety of combinations. Those are the Sumiyoshi Course, the Nichinan Course and the Takachiho Course. The Phoenix Country Club is also often home to tournaments, one of which is the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament. One of the iconic features of the Club is the last hole of the Sumiyoshi course, which has already given birth to some very intense moments during said tournament.

The Nichinan’s nine holes are known for requiring a mastery over mid-range shots as inaccuracy is easily punished by the course’s layout, and is thus one of the most technical courses in the area.

The Tom Watson Course is generally the most scenic and perhaps more appropriate for those wishing to pace themselves through a more varied range of difficulty and scenery. Some holes here are wide and flat, allowing a larger margin for error, while some fairways tend to be very narrow and steep, forcing the player to bring his A-game.

Following an intense round of golf, players can head to the resort to unwind and enjoy some of the finest local cuisine over a drink overlooking the beach front.

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Golfing in Okinawa

When one would hear the name “Japan,” one would generally not associate the country with the sport of golf. There are many things Japan is well-known, even famous for, across the globe, but the sport of golf is not really one of them. Despite that, Japan has a thriving Golf industry and is home to quite a few prolific international tournaments. There are quite a few places in Japan that are ideal for golfing, however.

Despite the nature of the sport being somewhat exclusive, many courses exist that cater to all different kinds of preference when it comes to the sport. Some golfers might seek the most challenging courses, while others prefer the feeling of being part of the elite, playing at the most prestigious and luxurious country clubs the nation has to offer.

One location that sets itself apart from many other of the other golfing hotspots in the Land of the Rising Sun is Okinawa. Despite being the home of courses used in championships and international tournaments, Okinawa is a favored destination of many golfers who seek a more relaxed attitude towards the whole thing, with less emphasis on rules and formality. The mild climate of the area combined with some of the delicious local cuisine make the destination rather attractive for the Japanese workers used to constantly seeing nothing but their busy cities and concrete steel buildings.

Generally, Okinawa courses are lush with nature, a harmonious blend of sand bunkers, water traps to play across and a variety of greenery to keep the outdoor lover’s eyes alit. Some of Okinawa’s courses have a prime view over the East China Sea, which on a clear day sparkles green and blue, especially during sunset. After all, what would be more calming than the breeze of the ocean after a bad tee-off?

A ballpark figure of 6 million visitors is what Okinawa receives annually, according to the Japan national Tourism Organization. Of that, about 5% is foreign – a fact that Okinawa is trying to change, part of which golfing is responsible for. The island has many qualities that make it a prime location for foreign tourism, home to some truly excellent golf courses that can keep par with some of the best Asia has to offer. Aside from that, one of the overall goals of the top courses of the island is to attract more of its Japanese clientèle, as the number of Japan’s golfers that go overseas to other Asian islands for golf is decreasing, allowing places such as Okinawa to grow.

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