A Glance at Golf - Pt 1

Across the world the Niseko area has become famous for it's incredible snow and fantastic resorts but there is more to Niseko than just amazing skiing. In the summer time golf is a pastime enjoyed by locals and tourists a like and for good reason. Niseko is home to a great number of fantastic courses and spring through autumn the opportunities to play a wide variety of courses abound. 

Mount Yotei with golf course fairways in the foreground
Niseko Golf at its best.

As the weather warms spectacular green fairways and vistas are not the only thing to be enjoyed. Green season rates for accommodation also come into effect and once the ski resorts have closed there is a fantastic range of accommodation available at rates considerably less than what is on offer through the winter. For those who are looking for an extended stay, summer long stay rates provide a chance for a long vacation at a fraction of the usual cost.

You can see some great Niseko accommodation options here https://holidayniseko.com/niseko-summer. If you are considering a summer trip to Niseko in the future we hope this may wet your golfing appetite and if you have any questions on Niseko golf, skiing or any other activity please feel free to get in touch anytime ([email protected]).

A golf course with autumnal trees and sea views
A brand golf course

The first course we visit is A- Brand, located between Akaigawa and Yoichi town. A-Brand commands beautiful views that extend all the way to the sea of Japan and a rolling course with a distinctly Scottish feel. The club house here is nothing short of spectacular too.

  • Distance from Hirafu - 48km
  • Cost - Week day ¥7835, Weekend ¥12035
  • Holes / Par - 18/72
  • Cart information - Carts included
  • Highlights - Stunning club house and ocean views

A spectacular 5 story brick complex with turrets and clock towers
A-brands spectacular club house

The second course, Hanazono is one of the closest to Hirafu. Stunning views can be enjoyed from the fairways and the restaurant which serves delicious Greek Souvlaki.

A golfer drives down a fairway at Hanazono with Mount Yotei in the distance
Hanazono Golf

The last of todays 3 courses is Rusustu Golf 72's Riverwood course, which is well treed and just a stones throw from popular ski resort Rusutsu, which outside of winter operates an amusement park complete with roller coasters, well worth a visit for those travelling with the kids.

A golfer tees off amidst autumnal trees
Rusutsu Golf 72 Riverwood