Golf Season Kicks Off in Niseko 2018

May 11, 2018
Golf Niseko

Last Sunday, 6th May, was officially the last day of the ski season here in Niseko area including Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village. Now that the ski season has come to a close and it's time to put away the skis and snowboarding gear, it is also the right time to take your golf clubs out.

Besides being popular for skiing during the winter, Niseko has also proven itself to be one of the most spectacular places for golfing during the green season. Niseko houses three world-class golf courses which include:

The Niseko Golf Course

Open until November 4. This course, designed by Arnold Palmer, offers a beautiful layout that runs through the forest and is surrounded by pine trees and white birches. It is 15 minutes away from Niseko Hirafu and is one of the most difficult and strategic courses in the entire Hokkaido.

The Niseko Village Golf Course

This course is open from May 1 to October 21. It is considered to have one of the best views of Mt. Yotei, and if you're a beginner and you want to be surrounded by beautiful white birches and nature in general as you play, this course is the best for you. Also, we consider the fact that this par 73, 6,845 yard course has won the prize for Japan's Best Golf Course two years in a row back in 2014-2015, beating Tokyo Golf Club and Kawana Resort's coast-side Fuji course.

Hanazono Golf Course

It is open from May 3 until November 4, 2018. This par 72 course is recognized as one of the most attractive golf courses in the entire country. It was rebranded in 2016 to match the Hanazono ski resort that forms one of the four ski resorts on Niseko United.

What makes this course very special is its unique layout that is located in the middle of the picturesque Niseko scenery and boasts the magnificent view of Mt. Yotei. Moreover, this course features a range of challenging holes.

Take a quick look via the video below of this fantastic course.

Summary List of Golf Courses (Based on Distance from Niseko Hirafu)

Gallery Photo Course Name Distance from Niseko Hirafu Length
1 Niseko Village Golf Course 10 minutes 7,200 yards
2 Hanazono Golf Course 15 minutes 6,343 yards
3 Niseko Golf Course
25 minutes
6,500 yards
4 Niseko Resort and Golf (Rankoshi town)
35 minutes
6,024 yards
5 Rusutsu Izumikawa 35 minutes 6,327 yards
6 Rusutsu Tower Course 35 minutes 5,572 yards
7 Rusutsu River Course 40 minutes 6,200 yards
8 Rusutsu Wood Course 40 minutes 6,107 yards
9 A-Brand Golf Course 45 minutes 6,556 yards

The green fees are reasonably priced and they also include cart hire, which is standard. You may also score better prices on weekdays. You will also love the idea of going to the onsen after playing golf. Most of these golf courses have onsen and showering/bathing facility that you can use after and it's included in the course fee. For more information please feel free to contact our concierge team.