Hirono Golf Club

Hirono, Miki, Hyogo, 673-0541, Japan
18     72    6,925yd

The Hirono Golf Club and its renowned 18-hole course sit 17-miles northwest of the port city of Kobe, Japan's sixth-largest city. On a map, Kobe looks far from Tokyo, but the journey takes a mere three hours and ten minutes thanks to the country's legendary "Shinkansen" bullet train.

The club's renowned course resulted from a famous design visit to Japan by Charles H. Alison. Having mastered parkland and heathland design through an extended affiliation with Harry S. Colt, Alison turned himself loose during a whirlwind tour of Japan from December 1930 through February 1931.

Hirono occupies 300-acres of ideally rolling, sandy terrain, interspersed with dense tree cover and framed on the west side by a series of lakes and reservoirs. Hirono's 6,925-yard routing makes dramatic use of the site's natural ravines by using them as diagonal features that created a strategy and a sense of drama. Upon its opening, the course sported Alison's trademark deep, sprawling bunkers - some of them bigger than the greens they guarded.

Over many decades Hirono changed in look - trees grew in, the fairways narrowed considerably, and the greens shrank by one-third from their original size and so the par 72 course is undergoing a major retrofit under the guidance of Martin Ebert. Ebert's plan is to go back as much as possible to the original scale of Alison's Hirono with respect to fairway widths, bunkering, tree coverage, green size, and shaping.

Under Ebert's plan, the course is also receiving an expanded practice range and short-game area to complement the existing practice facilities. Following a round the comfortable clubhouse offers members and their guests both a bar and restaurant in which to unwind after a round.

Other course architects: Tom MacKenzie

Image(s) published courtesy of Golf Advisor.com, The Travelling Golfer.com, Planet Golf.com

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Hirono Golf Club

Hirono, Miki, Hyogo, 673-0541, Japan
81 794 850 123
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