Kawana Hotel Golf Course - The Oshima Course
This stunning resort on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean is rightly known as “The Pebble Beach of Japan. Located only 75 miles south of Tokyo, Kawana features a 140-room hotel in the tradition of imperial art deco and 240-acres of dramatic golf. The Oshima Course dates to a 1928 design by the father of Japanese golf design, Mitsuaki Otani. His routing is typical of the era before Western influences was evident – tight, intimate, with many blind shots and the occasional drama looking out towards the Pacific.
|Ladies (W)||70||4676 yards||64.9||105|
|Regular M: 67.2/113||354||199||373||351||262||147||282||464||408||2840||380||363||360||286||117||330||180||494||361||2871||5711|
|Ladies W: 64.9/105||289||169||292||274||217||130||259||396||252||2278||341||273||303||253||114||316||146||341||311||2398||4676|
Quirky, memorable classical Japanese course
Here's a layout dating to 1928, before the advent of links-inspired design by virtue of the Englishmen who taught the country Classic-era course design. Oceanfront Kawana Resort is spectacular; it's Oshima Corse decidedly second tier compared to its compatrio, the famed Fuji layout. This one is strictly a warm to it, but en engaging one.