The idea that golf courses in Japan with the two green system have a summer green and a winter green is not quite correct. Nor is the two green system used exclusively with one warm-season grass green and one with cool-season grass.
Abiko Golf Club won GOLF Magazine’s Best International Renovation of 2013 award. In the article about the work, I read that Brian Silva, with co-designer Kye Goalby, “transitioned the old Japanese two-green system – one bentgrass, the other local korai grass – down to one.
On an early spring day I visited a golf course with a great view of Mt. Fuji. This will be a stunning view when the cherry trees are in full bloom.
This isn’t the usual everyday maintenance, unless one is in Japan, in which case these things are routine. On an early autumn visit to Ryugasaki Country Club, I had a chance to observe some of the maintenance work, and I thought it would be interesting to share a few things I saw that are common on Japanese golf courses and less common elsewhere.
There are four interesting things I would like to point out in this short video from a par 5 hole on a golf course in Central Japan.
1. The cart has no driver.
Some of the issues related to golf course maintenance and the Japanese golf industry are so interesting, and so challenging, that a few updates about course maintenance here will surely be interesting.
The two green system on a par 4 hole in Tochigi prefecture, Japan. On a July day in 2011, I visited four eighteen hole golf courses around the Tokyo area.
The first time I visited Kasumigaseki Country Club was in 2010 for the Asian Amateur Championship.1 This is the most-televised amateur golf tournament in the world, with coverage in over 150 countries, and Kasumigaseki Country Club near Tokyo was in excellent condition that week for the championship.