Niseko Golf Courses

Niseko Golf Course

A sister course to the Niseko Village layout, Fukui is strikingly different because of the numerous elevation changes as you wind your way around the course.

Designed by legendary US player, Arnold Palmer, it is noted for its deep rough and out-of-bounds on almost every hole. Consequently, many players choose to tackle the course from the shorter white tees, measuring 6306 yards.

A special feature is the quartet of long par-3s, the shortest being the 189-yard downhill second hole, with two others measuring 214 yards and 239 yards respectively!

Niseko Village Golf Course

This outstanding and picturesque layout is situated alongside a top-notch Hilton hotel at the base of the Niseko Village ski field. Although relatively flat compared with other courses in the region, it is nevertheless a challenge from the back tees.

Every visitor makes a special effort on the 721-yard par 6 10th hole, which takes the average player four decent shots to reach the green. A par here is a formidable feat!

The course is noted for its meandering fairways lined with mature trees that throw up wonderful views of Mt Yotei. As you would expect from a Palmer design, there’s risk and reward on many holes and the grooming is first rate.

Adjacent facilities: hotel, spa, onsen, four practice holes on a former layout, and inspiring mountain scenery make this course a “must visit”.

Hanazono Golf

This delightful golf course about 10 minutes’ drive from Niseko is renowned for its immaculate grooming, superb beech tree-lined fairways, wonderful scenery (including of Mt Yotei) and four of the best par-3s on one course in the area.

The 17th hole, especially, is a gem. Playing 214 yards from a highly elevated back tee to a narrow green protected by a lake, it epitomises Niseko golf: scenic, challenging-yet-enjoyable and truly memorable.

At a little over 7000 yards (6400 metres) from the championship tees and 6760 yards (6178 metres) from the blacks, Hanazono resembles courses in parts of North America for its softness, scenery and feeling of relative isolation in the woods.

Rusutsu Resort Golf 72 – Izumikawa Course

Opened in 2000, the design of this river course was supervised by former US PGA tour pro, Curtis Strange. The 18-hole par-72 layout plays a relatively short 6107 yards with an appealing range of holes that enables less-experienced golfers to try out their skills while giving middle and lower handicappers the chance to shoot a good score.

Rusutsu Resort Golf 72 – River Course & Wood Course

Although located some 45 minutes’ drive from Niseko Hirafu, the journey is well worthwhile. Here, two outstanding golf courses in a delightful natural setting provide one of the great golf experiences in the region.

Considerably longer than its sister River Course, the Wood layout features beautiful birch-lined fairways, significant elevation changes and wonderful vistas. A different scenic experience awaits on every tee, making the greatest challenge actually staying focused on your game.

The Japanese-style clubhouse is a feature in itself and a teppanyaki-style barbecue on the terrace at the end of the round is one of the many pluses.

Rusutsu Resort Golf 72 – Tower Course

Located alongside the Rusutsu Tower resort complex, the course is a good challenge for golfers of all levels and features some wonderful views of the surrounding area. The first hole actually plays under a ski lift, emphasising the dual-purpose summer-winter facility.

With all four par-5 holes measuring more than 500 yards each and four par-4s at more than 400 yards, this is a course not to be taken lightly. Although water comes into play on only three holes, sloping tree-lined fairways necessitate careful club selection and accurate shotmaking.

After a game, enjoy the facilities of the Rusutsu Tower hotel, especially its onsen mineral bath and restaurant.

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