17 Japan Golf Packages | Japan Golf Holiday
Japan is home to thousands of exquisite golf courses across its dramatic and beautiful natural terrain. According to JGTA, number of golf courses in Japan exceeded 2,300. Enjoy the best of Japan golf with our 17 premium Japan golf packages across Japan. Our golf tour in Japan features 49 lush golf courses at the gateway to Mount Fuji, city courses in the heart of Tokyo, breathtaking sea and foothill courses in Fukuoka, mountainous parkland courses in Osaka, picturesque and challenging courses in Mie and the woodland courses to links-style courses in Hokkaido. Head to this amazing golf destination and enjoy our comprehensive golf itinerary for your next Japan golf holiday. Experience a selection of well designed and enjoyable golf courses when you play golf in Japan.
GOLF IN JAPAN
11 Tips of Play Golf in Japan
Here is small tips and information for you to know before playing golf in Japan.
Tip #1. Dress Code
Please respect the Dress Code - please refrain from wearing flip flops, sandals, jeans from the time you arrive at the club house, including before and after the round - you need to be with proper attire! And recommended wearing a jacket except summer time for some of courses.
Tip #2. Check-in Time
You are required to arrive at the golf course for check in 45 to 60 minutes prior to your tee time. If you are late, your reservation might be cancelled automatically, so please ensure that you will be there accordingly. If you stay at a Golf Resort, this might not be applied - you can check with golf resort staff to the detail.
Tip #3. Tee Off Time
Most golf courses on Japan main island will only have morning tee times from 0700am to 1030am. Okinawa and Hokkaido have afternoon tee times.
Tip #4. Distance Notation
In Japan, the distance is described in Yard, not meter. Should the course have a 2-green configuration, the yardage markers on the same side as the green in use that day are the accurate ones.
Tip #5. Golf Caddy
There is nationwide shortage of caddy in Japan. Even so, most high-end golf clubs playing with a caddy is compulsory. There will be just one caddy per foursome (means one caddy serves 4 players). Caddy in Japan are mostly female and tend to be a bit on in age, but tremendously knowledgeable of the course and unbelievably excellent in reading the greens.
Tip #6. No Tip Required
In Japan, there is NO Tipping culture, so it’s not required even at golf course including for caddy if your reservation has been confirmed with caddy. These days perhaps getting your caddy a cold drink at the snack bar would suffice.
Tip #7. Refund Condition
Unless the golf course is officially closed, even it’s raining, you can play. It means if you want to cancel it because of the rain, you are unable to get a refund as long as the golf course is under normal operation.
Tip #8. No Fairway by the Cart
If your reservation has been confirmed as Self Play, you need to learn how to use the cart - please note that most of the courses in Japan, you are unable to drive into fairway. Means you can only drive through the dedicated path, please carry several clubs together so you can efficiently continue the game, and you don’t need to back and forth between the cart.
Tip #9. Payment Methods within the Golf Course
All the payment within the golf course needs to be done by Locker Key, so please always carry it – for lunch, kiosk, pro shop and any other incidentals. Besides, we would suggest you to carry cash in local currency (JYP) as you may need it at some point (like vending machine etc). Prior leaving, you must check-out, settle your bill and return the locker key and wallet.
Tip #10. Enjoy Lunch Break
In Japan, (except Hokkaido and Okinawa have 18-hole through play), your round has been confirmed with a lunch break - means after the first 9 holes, you need to have a lunch break then continue the other 9 holes. Half-turn lunch is a custom in Japan, mandatory regardless of your tee time. If you wish, you can skip having lunch but then the lunch break cannot be removed because all tee time has been set based on it. When you complete the first 9 holes, you are notified the tee time for the other 9 holes. This is really Japanese unique and integral part of the Golf Experience and Culture in Japan. Golf courses often offer a wide range of cuisine: Japanese, Western, Chinese, etc.
Tip #11. Relax Time at an Ofuro (Public Bath)
After enjoying golf, you can use an “Ofuro”, a public bath in the club house. Japanese people like being relaxed in a big bath tub and talked about today’s round, small talks, and etc. You may have a chance to take in an Onsen (hot springs) as well – some golf courses have it. You need to be naked when you use a bath room – if you have tattoo, you might be rejected using the bath or you are requested to cover it.
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