Please read through  "General Knowledge" of golf course in Japan

How to play in Japan


Caddie:  

Normally there's 1 caddie per each group. Basically golfers had been required playing with caddies, but recently due to the shortage of caddies, many golf clubs offer self-play, though it depend on the club. 

 

Lunch Breaks:

Golf courses in Japan do not allow "playing through" without a lunch break on throughout the year except playing in Hokkaido and Okinawa. After the first 9 holes, players need to take 40-60 minutes lunch break, and sometimes over 1 hour on weekends. Many golf courses prepared lunch menu with photographs that will be easy for players to select. 

 

Cart:

Most golf courses in Japan provide a cart shared with 5 people including caddie per group. When self-play, players need to manage the cart with remote controller, sometime without controller.

Walk-play with a caddie is required to play at some prestige golf courses which still has not introduced golf carts.

Rental Clubs/Shoes: 

Shoes and clubs are available for rent. The price for clubs vary depending on golf course.

* Large size shoes over 28 cm might possibly be unavailable.

 

Tips:

Tips for caddie is not necessary in Japan, however, tips will be surely appreciated.

Club Delivery :

It's possible to ship your clubs directly to/from the clubhouse at every course in Japan. Send your clubs from a courier counter at the airport/hotel/convenience store/sales office to the designated golf course. You can go to the course or travel by train or bus without carrying heavy luggage, just pick up your clubs at the course.

* Require to send your clubs at least two or three days before the day you will play.  

 

Dress Code:

Most golf clubs in Japan have an appropriate dress code, and they ask that all guests respect it.

 

Gentlemen – Shirts with a collar (Mocks are acceptable) and golf slacks/shorts are considered appropriate attire.  Shorts must be of conservative tailoring no more than 3” above the knee.  Tank tops, t-shirts, cut-offs, sweat pants, athletic shorts, swim trunks, tennis shorts and blue denim jeans and denim shorts are not permitted.

 

Ladies – Dresses, skirts, slacks, golf shorts, blouses and golf specific t-shirts are considered appropriate attire.  Skirts and shorts must be of conservative tailoring and no more than 5” to 6” inches above the knee.  Tank tops, t-shirts, cut-offs, halter-tops, sweat pants, athletic shorts, swimsuits, and blue denim jeans and denim shorts are not permitted.

Caps and Hats, if worn, must be worn with the brim facing forward. 

Tattoo:

Tattooed players do not allow to play at every golf club in Japan.



TOTAL NUMBER OF GOLF COURSE BY PREFECTURE

HOKKAIDO & TOHOKU REGION No.of Course
1  HOKKAIDO  169
2  AOMORI   16
3  AKITA    17
4  IWATE   26
5  MIYAGI   40
6  YAMAGATA   18
7  FUKUSHIMA   55
KANTO & KOSHIETSU REGION  
8  TOKYO   20
9  KANAGAWA   51
10  SAITAMA   85
11  CHIBA 155
12  TOCHIGI   79
13  IBARAKI  125
14  GUNMA  137
15  YAMANASHI    40
16  NAGANO    76
17  NIIGATA    44
TOKAI & HOKURIKU REGION  
18  SHIZUOKA    91
19  AICHI    52
20  GIFU    88
21  MIE     78 
22  TOYAMA    16
23  ISHIKAWA    25
24  FUKUI    11
            KANSAI REGION           No. of Course
25  OSAKA   39
26  KYOTO  34
27  HYOGO 159
28  SHIGA    45 
29  NARA   32
30  WAKAYAMA   23
CHUGOKU REGION  
31  OKAYAMA   52
32  HIROSHIMA  50
33  YAMAGUCHI  38
34  TOTTORI  14
35  SHIMANE  11
SHIKOKU REGION  
36  KAGAWA  22
37  TOKUSHIMA  14
38  EHIME  19
39  KOCHI  11
KYUSHUU & OKINAWA REGION  
40  FUKUOKA  56
41  SAGA  22
42  KUMAMOTO  42
43  NAGASAKI  25
44  OITA  25
45  MIYAZAKI  29
46  KAGOSHIMA  32
47  OKINAWA  23