Chugoku

The Chugoku region is situated in the southwest corner of Honshu, the largest of Japan’s islands, and it’s bounded to the north by the Sea of Japan, with the Seto Inland Sea running along its southern coastline.

Around seven and a half million people live within Chugoku’s five prefectures, the largest of which is Hiroshima. The Hiroshima prefecture is home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Genbaku Dome, a memorial to the tens of thousands killed by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima city on 6 August 1945 and The Itsukushima Shrine, a 16th century Shinto shrine where the iconic torii gate appears to float on water at high tide.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Chugoku

Shimonoseki

1st Chugoku - Best in Area

Founded in 1956, the course at Shimonoseki Golf Club was designed by Osamu Ueda and proudly played host to the Japan Open in 1991 (won by Tsuneyuki Nakajima) and 2002 (won by David Smail).

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Daisen

2nd Chugoku - Best in Area

In the foothills of Mount Daisen – where the sporting pursuits of mountain climbing in summer and skiing in winter are more popular than golf – the fairways at Daisen Golf Club were hewn from heavily forested terrain by Ueda Osamu in 1970.

Hiroshima (Hachihonmatsu)

3rd Chugoku - Best in Area

First time visitors to Hiroshima Country Club must head east from downtown Hiroshima in search of the club’s two 18-hole layouts. The Hachihonmatsu course is nearest, a 45-minute drive away, with the Saijo course located 10 kilometres further on.