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Kochi is located on the island of Shikoku, in the southwest of Japan. Beloved by visitors for its unspoiled and surprisingly varied landscapes and has over 700 kilometers of magnificent coastline, which varies from wild rocky beaches with dramatic rock formations to pristine golden sands and turquoise water. It is one of the least populated areas in Japan which means you will have plenty of personal space when golfing or exploring.

This laid-back corner of Japan offers everything from secluded valleys and coastal retreats to lush mountains, and the year-round temperate weather also confirms it as a haven for travelers AND golfers who want something relaxing and different from pedestrian “Golden Route” escapes. Golf-wise, it's definitely quality over quantity, and from the 11 courses available in the prefecture we focus on 3 contrasting courses to whet your appetite for the wonders of Kochi!

Tosa Country Club

Boasting 36 holes, this course is renowned for its open-air holes overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Palm trees and warm coastal waters beckon, making these holes beautiful, but also challenging thanks to the strong ocean breezes. The Ashizuri course offers a dynamic 18-hole challenge to players’ physical and mental game. Elevated tees are a feature, requiring you to carry across valleys, negotiate doglegs, and also some quite long holes. All this, combined with the constant sea breeze, will keep you entertained and busy!

The clubhouse restaurant has massive panoramic windows with unmatched views of the ocean. While there why not enjoy a beer, some local sake, and of course the local delicacy: katsuo no tataki, seared bonito!

Green Feel

A total contrast to the ocean views of Tosa CC, Green Feel is a more mountainous course with plenty of length, at just over 7,000 yards. With a rating of 73.8, the course is aesthetically perfect yet demands your full attention.  Designer Mr. Tobari came up with some really magical holes perfectly hugging the natural contours of the land, In particular, the 2nd hole demands a good tee shot to clear a ravine and a long 2nd uphill to a steep two-tiered green. Add 17 more unique holes and you get the idea of what a challenging yet enjoyable course this is to play!

Kochi Kuroshio Country Club

This class act course is a must-play for any trophy hunter, being home to the Japan tour’s Casio Open. Famous for its fast and very undulating greens, the general consensus is that the Taiheiyo course has it all, with unparalleled sea views and a championship course that attracts international golfers all year round. Both courses are a little longer than normal in Japan, but the fairways are generous, so a fair challenge. The signature hole on the Kuroshio course must be the island green 12th, which adds some excitement and even has a beautiful waterfall as a spectacular backdrop.


Après Golf

Of course, we cannot discuss Kochi without mentioning a bit about the après golf opportunities, so here are just a few of the other attractions that will keep you coming back, or keep non-golfing members of the family happily entertained.

The Sunday Market
Kochi’s Sunday Market stretches for 1.3km from the Otemon Gate at the foot of Kochi Castle and has been a beloved local institution for over 300 years. Its best to visit the market in the morning, so you can get dibs on the most popular street food, such as imoten (fluffy bites of sweet potato tempura) or veggie-based inaka sushi. You can also find cool souvenirs made by local artisans, such as the top-notch Tosa knives, and local produce including lots of yuzu citrus-flavored drinks and snacks!

Katsuo no Tataki
This iconic Kochi soul food is not just available at Tosa CC. The seared bonito is a must-try, with thick filets of delicious sashimi-grade fish, quickly seared on the edges over a straw fire. Dip it in some ponzu sauce or salt, and top it with the traditional slivers of garlic, ginger, and onion for a perfect bite.  One great place to try it is at Hirome Market, a bustling covered market with tempting food stalls located near Kochi Castle. More information can be found here

Kochi Castle
Kochi’s castle is one of only twelve in Japan that still retains its original tower and keep, and is an Important Cultural Property. The grounds beneath the keep are dotted with cherry trees. so be sure to stop by if visiting during the spring. The nearby museum offers great insight into the history of the Tosa domain. More information can be found here.

Whale Watching
Take a short detour from any of the three golf courses, and hop on board the Ogata family’s boat to watch (from a respectful distance) as Bryde's whales and dolphins play in the warm bountiful currents. There are several tour options to choose from including both regular and chartered tours, and even one with a stop off to enjoy a seafood BBQ lunch. More information can be found here.

More Information

Kochi Ryoma Airport is just over an hour's flight from Haneda Airport and is conveniently located just outside Kochi City. There are excellent train connections from Osaka via Okayama. All courses are within taxi rides from major hotels or rent a car so you can explore more of this nature-blessed prefecture.


Kuroshio CC

Tosa CC

Green Feel

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