Master the art of ikebana and the skill of sword fighting, see the spectacular theater “Kabuki” and cherry blossoms… For this experience for countless years people from all over the world go to the land of the Rising Sun. Japan carefully preserves rich cultural traditions, while ahead in its development of most countries. It is a mistake to think that the Japanese only know what to wave a katana, cutting off all unnecessary, but to weave intricate patterns of flowers. A nation with samurai codes of honor could not fail to find a reflection of many of the principles of its philosophy in such a noble hobby as Golf.
Despite the fact that the emergence of the game is dated presumably XV century, in Japan it came much later – in 1901. Some English trader built in Kobe the first course for 4 holes and Golf gradually began to pay attention to wealthy people. They were attracted by the leisurely pace of the game. Rich Japanese spent time in clubs, in the fresh air, demonstrated their skills. It was only 50 years later that Golf became a regular sport. October 1957 was marked by a bright event in the sporting life of Japan: on the 5th Canada Cup in “Kasumigaseki Country club” the winner of the tournament became the athlete of Torakichi Nakamura and the Japanese team. Torakichi is recognized as a legend of Japanese Golf and for the Japanese he is no less important than the great Arnold Palmer for America.
When Japanese golfers won in 1957, there were only 58 Golf courses in Japan. At this point, the country’s economy was in a stage of active growth, the entertainment and sports industry was developing, and interest in Golf increased incredibly. In addition, the game addicted Japanese managers, the so-called salaryman. By 1970, the number of Golf courses reached 620, and by 1998 it was 2000. To date, there are 2442 Golf courses, not counting 4000 Rangers (training fields). Japan in this sense is inferior only to the United States, where the cult of Golf literally reigns.
The level of development of this sport in Japan is evidenced by the number of athletes who entered the PGA and The professional Golf Association, and the fact that the design of many Japanese Golf courses were related to world stars: Pete Dye, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer.
Golf in Japan is akin to football in Brazil. Rounds of the highest level players are held here throughout the year. For many prestigious tournaments, the Japanese Islands have become a permanent venue.
However, mainly Golf owes its popularity to Amateurs. Among friends, neighbors and colleagues, this game is in demand as nothing else.
Of course, the craze for Golf could not but give rise to a concomitant line of business. Inventory Japanese production is considered one of the best in the world. Brands Mizuno, Yonex, Bridgestone occupy a worthy place in the world market.
The season does not affect the love of Golf in Japan. The climate is temperate and each season with its amazing transformation of the surrounding nature only brings pleasant nuances to the game.
It should be noted that the service of Japanese Golf clubs will surprise even the jaded public. For the male half of the magic will begin with the introduction of caddy: their duties are mainly performed by women. After a round of tired players expect the healing hot springs of ansana Spa, and then the best chef will cook traditional dishes of the Japanese or any other cuisine of the world at will.
Well, we can only wish a fabulous holiday and unforgettable experiences to all who intend to visit Japan. And the brave player who decided to play a round with a Japanese, I want to remind you about etiquette, because if you break It, it does not matter that the samurai in the hands of a Japanese sword or a Golf club. Enjoy the game!