The “Big 18 Holes”course is surrounded by at least 30 species of trees and is loved by golfers for its elegance, which conjures up images of woodland beauty.
Noboribetsu Country Club (Satsunai Course)【Par 72】
Out Course【Par 36】
For this dogleg left hole, at least a 260-yard first shot is required to cross over three bunkers. An aggressive shot to the right may give a chance of getting on the green in two shots. Attention is needed as the hole is slightly downhill.
If you try to scoop the ball for your first shot under pressure, a fat or thin shot may result. A big tree in the center divides the fairway into right and left. The best strategy is to aim at the left side of the tree.
This downhill hole looks easy to play, however the key for a better score is to take the wind direction into consideration and select the right golf club. The tilted green will probably make balls landing on the back of the green roll down.
A long par 4 that commands a dynamic view of Mt. Raiba-dake. Be careful not to play a shot that curves to the right. The left side is out-of-bounds, but there is a mound so the ball may kick back into play. It is difficult to get on the green in two shots.
A downhill par 5 that allows players to enjoy a full shot. If you hit the ball into the large area of rough on the right side, it will be difficult to get out of there because the ball has to fly over trees. This two-tier green can be tricky depending on the pin position.
If you are a long hitter, the ball may come to rest on the green in one shot. As the fairway has various undulations, you may need to be careful with the second shot depending on the spot where the ball has landed. The right-side cliff is out-of-bounds.
Stay focused and do not be tricked by the valley. The first shot is uphill, and the area between around 220 yards and the green is flat. This is a quiet hole surrounded by Japanese white birch and pine trees on both sides. Attention is needed to the left side out-of-bounds.
One of the most popular holes, with a beautiful western atmosphere featuring a pond on the left and an island that supports the growth of giant trees over 200 years in age. Take a deep breath and relax before you tee up.
A long hitter can take a short cut by aiming at the foot of the right hill. But the second shot going for the green is likely to be difficult because of old cherry trees in the center of the fairway. It is wise to try to complete the hole in par rather than risk going for a birdie.
IN COURSE【Par 36】
It is safe to aim right to the center of fairway when you hit your first shot. A long hitter can hit the ball into a good position passing over the bunker on the left. Care must be taken when hitting the second shot because it is slightly downhill.
Be cautious of the out-of-bounds and trees on the left for your first shot. The best position is slightly left of the cross bunker. The fairway is large. It is possible to get to the green in three shots. There is a chance for a birdie as long as you can read the undulating green.
A flat and straight par 4, with a slope on the left side and a cross bunker on the right side. This short hole enables you to get on the green in two shots. Caution is required because the green looks flat but is actually tilted.
A short par 3 over a valley surrounded by hills with a slope and out-of-bounds on the left. The ideal shot is to aim at the right wall. However, care must be taken in choosing your club because there are bunkers.
Your tee shot is very important for this dogleg left hole, because an outside-in swing is likely to end up in a bunker or out-of-bounds. You should aim right of the left bunker. When you keep on the safe side and aim for the right side, you will be in trouble if the ball flies too far right.
A long par 3 with a narrow pond stretching from the front of the teeing ground to the green on the right side and protruding in the center. Don’t be disturbed by the pond. You should focus on the distance between the tee and the hole to reach the green in one shot.
You should pay no attention to the large pond located just on your left side and aim for the center of the fairway. There are grass bunkers on both sides. Be careful not to slice. The green is tilted. You should be aggressive to try to get on the green in two shots.
Be cautious of the two bunkers built side by side on the left side when you hit your first shot. From the second shot onward, you should be cautious of out-of-bounds on the left and right sides, three large trees on the right side, and grass bunkers. It is safe to approach the green from the left side because there is a pond on the right side of the green.
The tee shot should be directed to the right side of the fairway. If you are a long hitter, be cautious of the right bunker. It is wise to aim right for your second shot even through there is a bunker on the right side of the green.