Kawana Hotel - Fuji Course

Taiheiyo Club - Gotemba Course

Japan, Central Japan, Osaka Region
4.8 (4)
Designer: Shunsuke Kato
Course Opened: 1990

Designed by Shunsuke Kato, the Gotembo Course at Taikeyho is unfortunately a poor course dressed to look rather clever, but failing on many fronts. Here bold driving hazards line many of the fairways but most are built 300 yards from the tee and offer no incentive to skirt as approach shots from further back are not difficult. Most holes are an all-or-nothing affair, the design philosophy apparently being to either force a conservative play or an improbably heroic shot over trouble. The uphill 9th features a long approach over a deep pit, while the narrow 14th has ugly bunkering and a pond short of the green, both forcing you to hit driver from the tee for any chance of making the green. The water par threes are also badly flawed.

Across the track the shaping is quite poor, and aside from nice grass, lavish clubhouse facilities and a wonderfully natural par five at the 11th there is no real reason to want to golf here.


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