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Golf at Koga Links

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view of the course from the porthole
view of the Koga Links course from the porthole

This weeks golf was at Koga Golf Links Club in Ibaragi-ken (茨城県). Most courses in Japan are built in the mountains which means a lot of walking up and down hills. In contrast, the Koga Links course is built by the riverbed and is nice and flat.

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the pathway from the club house to the course
Looking back at the club house
Looking up towards the Koga Links club house
Nice day to be out on the course
Nice day to be out on the course

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As with most courses in Japan (with the exception of Hokkaido), you take a break after nine holes and have lunch. Beer is a popular choice to wash the lunch down for most Japanese golfers, and normally leads to a more relaxed swing on the back nine!

The lunch time restaurant
The lunch time restaurant
Today's lunch was curry rice and salad. Nice !
Today's lunch was curry rice and salad. Nice !
From the restaurant window
From the restaurant window
A view of Japan through the porthole
A view of Japan through the porthole from the opposite side of the club house

Ryo Ishikawa used to play at Koga Links course.

saying hi to Ryo Ishikawa and his Acquarius water advert
Saying hi to Ryo Ishikawa and his Acquarius water advert
Found some Lohas Water here. the Lohas buzz word was popular a few years ago. Havent heard it so much recently
Found some Lohas Water here. the Lohas buzz word was popular a few years ago. Havent heard it so much recently

It was difficult to show in the photos the openness of the course and how peaceful the setting was. Sometimes I had to remind myself I was actually playing golf in Japan and not Hawaii.

Getting ready to chalk up some birdies
Getting ready to chalk up some birdies

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As a public course, the fee to play is quite cheap. The course condition was good, but this Marshal’s car definitely could do with an upgrade.

the Marshals car doesnt look too healthy does it?
the Marshals car doesnt look too healthy does it?
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The fairways were well kept and the greens running fast. nice
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Until next time .....

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  1. whipcracker says

    RT @Shibuya246: Golf at Koga Links, Japan golf | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/9mF
    What was the score for the round? Gonna go into adertising like Ryo/ I think you’ed be pretty good at it . 🙂 I’ll be your ad mgr get you the big yen.
    On another subjet; that view of Japan was like looking through a telescope great shot. That marshals car looks like it could use a complete makeover, looks kinda tired, or as they say in the big “T” turred. lol.
    well have a great rest of the weekend.

    1. shibuya246 says

      The score wasnt that hot. I should be getting to the range more to practice 😉 My friend had 4 birdies so that was good to see.

      I wasnt sure how the porthole shot was going to come out, but was pleased with the results. A very different view of Japan. As for the marshals car, he needs someone to pimp his ride 🙂

  2. Protocol Snow says

    Care to share how much “quite cheap” actually is for a round of golf there? I’ve heard that Japanese golf is super expensive but maybe some of the public ones aren’t that bad 🙂

    1. shibuya246 says

      I think we paid aboout YEN 7,000 for the 18 holes including lunch, and then an extra YEN 2,000 to pay another 9 holes after that. Normally a day at golf can cost between YEN 20,000 and YEN 30,000, although it used to be higher than that. Under YEN 10,000 would be considered cheap 🙂

      Thanks

  3. Protocol Snow says

    Care to share how much “quite cheap” actually is for a round of golf there? I’ve heard that Japanese golf is super expensive but maybe some of the public ones aren’t that bad 🙂
    P.S.: Wanted to mention good post!

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