I guess it's no secret these days that Niseko is home to some great golf courses. The season here in Niseko starts in the middle of April and goes to the end of October. In the very early golf season you can get a few turns in up the slopes of Hirafu or Annupuri before or after your game, a magical day!

Within 20 minutes from Hirafu village you will find possibly the 3 most played courses by Niseko locals. They are Niseko Tokyu Golf Course which is situated at the foot of the Hanazono ski resort and the most challenging course in the area if you talk to the ones in the know. The other two courses are Niseko Village Golf Course and Niseko Golf Course.

Niseko Village Golf Course is a well laid out course and home to one of the few par 6 holes in the world. It has other attractions near by such as Niseko Village pure adventure course and the onsen at the Niseko Village Hilton.

niseko village golfLooking down the par 6 a few days before opening on April 30th this year

Niseko Golf Course, also run by Niseko Village, is a short 5 minutes from the town of Niseko. Niseko Golf Course is also Niseko's prized course designed by the famous Arnold Palmer and sits below the peak of Konbu Yama. A challenging course with great views over the Shiribetsu River valley to Mt. Youtei Zan and Niseko Annupuri, the main skiing and snowboarding mountain for those who don't know the area.

In all there are about 10 courses within an hour of Niseko Hirafu making Shiki and Koyuki with its free rental car the ultimate choice when it comes to golf in Niseko. Hope to see you soon on the course or just enjoying the fresh clean air of these parts.

tokyu golf coursePlaying at Niseko Tokyu Golf Course with Hanazono ski resort runs in the background. (photo taken summer 2010)