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Miho Golf Club
Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki, Japan
Design Style: Parkland Course Type: Private
Setting: Inland


Player-friendly Miho Golf Club unfurls through native oak and evergreen forests two hours from central Tokyo in Ibaraki Prefecture. The golf holes weave through a series of valleys and intermittent hills, some of which required significant alteration as Robert Trent Jones II built the course. The routing eventually emerges from the forest and plays out into flat rice fields. A number of lakes present strategic elements that we made even more challenging by grassing to the very edges of the water, blurring the lines between playing surface and watery reflections.

The greens at Miho are generally open fronted, welcoming run-up shots and other short game wizardry. Players should be well positioned off the tees to score well. Shot values and strategic requirements make this a great course for the pros, who took on RTJ II's design here in the 2003 Japan PGA Championship.

One of the most memorable holes at Miho is the sixteenth, a long par five with a huge lake laying in wait to the right of the fairway. The hole climbs five meters above the lake along a grassy slope that is both daunting and welcoming at the same time-much like the sport of golf itself.

 

Miho Golf Club Awards
    • Golf Classic Japan—Top 50 Course in Japan
    • Top 10 Course in Japan as Voted by Japanese Golfers
Tournaments
    • Site of Japan Open
    • Site of Japanese PGA Tour Championship