Why Kochi is Japan’s hidden-gem golf destination

Japan’s golf tourism is gaining recognition for its stunning courses, and Kochi is a prime example of the country’s golf excellence. Nestled on the southern coast of Shikoku Island lies a golfer’s paradise waiting to be explored: Kochi Prefecture. With its mild climate, breathtaking scenery and immaculately maintained courses, Kochi combines natural beauty, challenging fairways and authentic Japanese hospitality. Imagine teeing off amid lush green fairways, framed by the Shikoku mountain range on one side and the azure Pacific Ocean on the other. Kochi boasts a diverse range of golf courses that are nothing short of spectacular.

Let’s delve into the details of the “must-visit” exceptional golf courses in Kochi:

Kochi Kuroshio Country Club: Offering a top-quality golf experience in a tropical paradise with palm-lined fairways, all four of the nine-hole courses are well thought out and well designed. The four nine-hole loops, some featuring Pacific Ocean views, feel the sea breeze as scenic ocean views add an extra layer of excitement to the game. The 12th hole on the Kuroshio course, featuring an island green and a breathtaking waterfall backdrop, is particularly iconic. The well-maintained fairways and challenging holes make it a must-visit for golf enthusiasts.

Green Feel Golf Club

Green Feel Golf Club: Designed by world-renowned architect Sho Tobari, this course transforms Makiyama’s forest into a challenging course blessed with untouched nature, including seasonal flowers, the magnificent Niyodo River and well-preserved bentgrass. The course’s fourth hole, nestled in Enkianthus perulatus dodan-tsutsuji bushes, showcases vibrant red tones in autumn, creating a captivating landscape. The course features numerous water hazards, adding to the challenge.

Nishikiyama Country Club: This hilly course offers a unique 18-hole experience, embracing picturesque landscapes amid the changing seasons. Despite significant elevation changes, the presence of lifts and relatively flat layouts for each hole make it manageable. The front nine presents distance challenges, while the back nine features two narrow water-crossing holes. The 12th requires a drive of about 200 metres to avoid a blind next shot. The green on the 16th hole has been lowered through renovations, enhancing playability.

Nishikiyama Country Club

Golf in Kochi means experiencing the warm hospitality of the locals. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. The genuine kindness and friendliness of the people adds an extra layer of enjoyment to your getaway.

As you explore the area beyond the greens, Kochi has more to offer than just golf. The culinary experience is a true delight. Indulge in the freshest seafood sourced from the nearby Pacific Ocean, where you can savour an array of delectable dishes that will tantalise your tastebuds. Whether you’re dining at a local eatery or a high-end restaurant, you’ll find that Kochi’s cuisine is a journey of flavours that perfectly complements your golf adventure.

While golf may be the primary draw, Kochi is also a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be explored. Take a break from the fairways and visit historic temples that tell tales of the region’s rich cultural heritage. Stroll through lush botanical gardens where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature. And don’t miss the vibrant local markets, where you can shop for unique souvenirs and engage with the vibrant local community.

So, when you plan your golf trip to Kochi, remember that it’s not just about the game itself. It’s about embracing the warmth of the people, savouring exquisite cuisine, uncovering hidden cultural treasures and immersing yourself in the unspoiled beauty of this remarkable region. Kochi offers a complete and unforgettable golf experience that extends far beyond the fairways. 

Ready to explore Kochi through golf? Consider booking an affordable week-long Kochi golf tour and enjoy four rounds of golf with magnificent panoramic views! Phone CGE Golf on 0413 736 245
for more information.