Greater Tokyo

Olympic Staff Ashikaga Golf Course

One of the representative Japanese golf courses by Nicklaus Design, a company led by world-renowned course designer and former pro golfer Jack Nicklaus. It was designed "To captivate the viewer with its spectacular views and create a world-class championship course with excellent strategic performance and beautiful scenery that stimulates the golfers' senses."

It opened in 2001, this course is loved by golfers who enjoy being challenged. Although it is a membership club, visitors are welcome to use the restaurant, lockers, shower facilities, and shop in the cozy clubhouse.


It is located about 95 kilometers (about 59 miles) north of the center of Tokyo. It can be reached as quickly as 75 minutes from central Tokyo by car.

The course is located on the route to Nikko, where Toshogu, a world cultural heritage site, is located, and Lake Chuzenji. The area has many hot springs. If your schedule allows, we recommend taking your time and exploring this beautiful area.

The Sano Premium Outlet Mall is located 15 minutes from the golf course by car (operating hours: 10:00–20:00), and you can enjoy shopping on the way home.


18 holes, par 72

1, using Penncross Creeping Bentgrass

7,018 yards (fullback tee)6,305 yards (regular tee)

USGA/JGA Course Rates
73.0 (fullback tee)


Although the course is hilly, it absorbs differences in elevation between holes, so every hole is relatively flat. It is a challenging course with 92 bunkers and 6 water hazards on 18 holes. The fairways are covered with creeping bentgrass L-93 and are covered with green grass all year round.

  • Driving Range: 150 yards, 13 hitting stations
  • Putting Practice Green: 1 location
  • Carts/Caddies: 5-seater passenger carts with GPS navigation are available for use. Optional caddies are available.


        Dress Code
        Proper golf attire (no t-shirts or jeans). Except in summer, players are expected to wear a tailored jacket or blazer in the clubhouse.
        About Golf in Japan
        If it is your first time playing golf in Japan, please kindly take the time to read our short starter’s guide because some things work a little differently here and we want you to enjoy your visit!