Jun Classic Country Club – Yamabuki Green

Course Data
Location Tochigi, Japan
Yardage 6774 yards Par 74
Course Rating 72.7
Playing Date 18 Apr. 2004
Designer T. Miyazaki, T. Sasaki
Opened 1975
Caddy Yes
Golf Cart Yes
Rating
Overall Rating
4.05
Course Layout
4
Difficulty Level
3
Greens Condition
5
Fairways Condition
4
Landscaping & Views
4
 

The course is laid out on hilly terrain. The fairways are generous with few hazards coming into play, so advanced players may find it not so challenging but can enjoy good rounds of golf in a friendly atmosphere. Each hole has 2 greens, the Yamabuki greens I played this time and the Tsubaki greens, both of which are almost the same distance. It used to host A Japanese PGA tournament and some holes are strategically designed.



A view from the clubhouse

A view from the clubhouse

 
4th Par 5 451 yards

4th Par 5 451 yards (2)

4th Par 5 451 yards (1)
A very short par 5, which should be a great par 4. An OB on the left and a fairway bunker on the right come into play from the tee. The green is narrow and 45 yards deep.
 
5th Par 3 180 yards

5th green

5th Par 3 180 yards
A downhill par 3. The green is elevated, so a high ball with good spin is needed.
 
9th Par 5 525 yards
A dogleg to the right, par 5. If a fairway bunker on the right is cleared from the tee, it is possible to reach the green in 2, but it requires a carry of 260 yards. The front side of the green faces water. The green maybe as long as 80 yards, you may end up with 3 or 4 putts depending on the ball position from the pin.
 

The green 80 yards deep

9th Par 5 525 yards (2)

9th Par 5 525 yards (1)
 
14th Par 4 420 yards

14th Par 4 420 yards (2)

14th Par 4 420 yards (1)
A slight dogleg to the right, tough par 4. There is an OB on the left. The tee shot is downhill and the second shot is uphill. The green is triple-tiered.

 
17th Par 3 174 yards

17th Par 3 174 yards
A medium length par 3. The green is shallow and guarded by many bunkers.
 
18th Par 5 523 yards

18th Par 5 523 yards
A par 5 reachable in 2. Tee shot is a steep downhill. A pond in front of the green comes into play if you decide to go for the green is 2. Bunkers around the green are beautifully as well as strategically placed.
 
19th hole

Lodge
A public course. It takes 2 hours from Tokyo by train or by car. Accommodation is available. This course was supervised by Gene Sarazen who invented sand wedges in 1932 and won the British Open.

The course is awarded the 35th place in 2002’s Japanese golf course rankings by the Japan Golf Classic Magazine. T. Sasaki also designed a sister course, Rope GC (41st of the ranking).