Hakone made a perfect natural canvas for golf course architects and designers to practice their craft, and practice they did! All the best up and coming Japanese designers of the era played a part. Notables being M. Otani a British educated CH. Alison protégée, Shiro Akaboshi and H. Asaka who all played key parts in helping the budding Japanese golf industry become what we now enjoy today.
Check out all 8 Clubs in the valley!
A List of all Golf Courses in the Hakone area (alphabetically):
A famous retreat area near Tokyo in neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture, 8 iconic golf clubs all with rich histories in this historical resort area often visited by the Japanese Royal family and other dignitaries and high society! The first course built in the valley was the Fujiya Hotels Sengoku Golf Club constructed in 1917 making it the third oldest course in Japan after Kobe (1902) and the Yokohama golf club (1906). The site lent its self so well to the golf courses design that they only needed to move slight amounts of soil, making minimal changes to the landscape. With a fresh natural spring filled lake for a water source, even the grass feels happy.