|Golf style in Japan is little different from its which you are accostomed to.
The great game is the same, but the procedure is little differentEEE very
unique, very civilized and very enjoyable.
On arrival at the golf course, you check in at the reception desk. You
will be given a locker key and score card in a small wallet. Your locker
key will be way you will be identified by the golf course and your purchases
in the proshop, refreshment stands, restaurant and etc will be charged
on your locker key number.
|Caddies / Carts
After you have changed your shoes, you report to the caddy master room
outside to meet your caddy. Normally there is one caddy (mostly female)
for one foursome (one party). As many foreign golfers comment, Japanese
caddies are unbelievably excellent and capable. She operates the golf cart,
finds balls, provides course information including shot distances, putting
lines on the green and counts clubs for all players all by herself.
5-seaters cart with electromagnetic induction system operated manually
or by remote controllers.
With the exception of golf courses in Sapporo (Hokkaido) and Okinawa, there
is a custom to stop for full lunch after nine holes. As you go up to the
restaurant, you are given a back nine starting time, which will give you
about 45-50 minutes for lunch.
Many of the golf courses have kiosks for a quick break after every 4 to
5 holes. Here you can buy snacks and drinks. You sign the chits with your
assigned nuber (locker key number) and all purchases will be charged to
Japanese bath (o-furo)
After the round is completed, most of the golfers take a hot bath, that
is provided in every Japanese club house. Although this custom might be
little foreign to you, it is wonderfully relaxing and will be a good memory
of golf in Japan. Of course there are separate bath facilities for both
men and women. We highly recommend you to take the bath, and followings
are the procedures when you try it.
- Take off all your clothes, and put them in a small basket on shelves.
- Go into the bath room with a small towel which is provided in a changing
- Don't get into the bath tab before you have taken a complete shower.
- After you have showered and rinsed, then you can get into the bath tub.
- Relax in the hot water or hot spring 5 to 10 minutes.
- Sit on the small stools in front of the small mirrors and wash completely
with a soap and shampoo placed near by.
- Dry off and dress. *some cosmetics, combs, brushes and hair driers are
equipped in the changing room.
|Japanese Bath (o-furo)
After taking Japanese bath, probably you have some drinks at the restaurant
When you are ready to go, return your locker key holder to the receprion
desk and make a payment for green fees, restaurant charges and etc.
Almost every golf course in Japan require to wear soft spike shoes or spikeless
golf shoes. ¡Rental Clubs
Except for resort courses, a limited number of rental sets are available,
and pre- reservation is recommended.
As you may know and fortunately to you, there is no custom of tipping in
our country except for few cases.
However, many of Japanese golfers give tips to the caddies when they enjoyed
and satisfied with caddy's services.
An average amount of tip to a caddy is 1,000yen (not per player).
Many of the golf courses in Japan accept VISA and MASTER, however a few courses
accept AMEX and DINERS.