25 Apr 2016 in On The Move
Did you know that Japan was a historical golfers’ paradise? Nowadays, the country has more than 2,500 golf courses and 35,000 driving ranges, while it only had 23 in 1942, so what about giving it a try?
In half a century, golf has experienced a meteoric rise. Although the first golf course was founded at Kobe in 1903 for the enjoyment of English expatriates, the craze really took off in 1957 following the victory of two Japanese in the Canada Cup, the world championship by team.
Golf has become the most popular sport in Japan with around 20 million players nowadays. Therefore, it is the perfect destination for any golfer who will find a course suited to their level and expectations, and moreover will be able to favour the North or the South of the island depending on the season to be sure of finding the best conditions. Japan is even in the forefront of the technology used in manufacturing equipment in terms of both clubs and balls.
In a dream spot, Hoshino Resorts RISONARE Kohamajima is located in an excellent position. Situated on the island of Kohama, which belongs to the Yaeyama archipelago, located 400 km South-East in the Okinawa prefecture, golfers will find the ideal conditions for practising their favourite sport. Firstly, the climate: the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold – between 16° minimum and 32° maximum throughout the year – the course then sometimes takes on the air of paradise on earth.
An 18-hole course overlooking the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean, adorned here and there with Bengal figs, which are impressive in size, and hibiscus and allamanda – large climbing shrubs with yellow flowers. Depending on your position, you will even be able to see the corals which are reflected in the clear waters surrounding the archipelago. And the icing on the cake, the long daylight hours allow you to play from 7.30 to 19.00 hrs.
An idyllic setting, a pleasant climate whatever the time of year, long hours of daylight which are perfect for taking full advantage of the course, and the opportunity to enjoy quality dining at the Country House, and even a spa for you to relax in after your round. Do you still need a reason to come and play golf in Japan?