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Golf at the Asian Pebble Beach

 It ranks first in the Orient for its beautiful scenery and the challenges it offers golfers. Overlooking Sagami Bay with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop, Fuji Golf Course is laid out on a plateau surmounting 100-foot red cliffs, with the waves of the Pacific Ocean rolling onto the shore below.

To say that players risk losing their concentration is most certainly an understatement.

This paradise, designed by golf course architect Charles Alison, can be found in Kawana, Japan, two hours from Yokohama and Tokyo. The Fuji course welcomed its first golfers in 1936.

Many international tournaments have been held there, as a result of the excellent facilities, the challenging course and the spectacular scenery. Its 15th hole, a 415-yard downhill par five, extends along the sea and is renowned as its most difficult. The green of its 11th hole, the longest hole, is at the foot of a lighthouse shaped like a tee peg.

The Swedish royal family,  Boris Yeltsin, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and John Wayne are on the list of famous guests. More recently, Gary Player, a.k.a. "The Black Knight," one of the greatest golf players in history, added his name to the list.

This famous course is available only to guests of the Kawana Resort Hotel, owned by Prince Hotels.

What else?

As expected, Japanese tradition is very much in evidence at teatime in the hotel's superb Sun Parlor.

The choice of restaurants includes the main dining room, featuring French cuisine, and the Grill. The Inakaya restaurant, in a separate country house built 300 years ago, is most certainly worth a try.

The water served on location is spring water courtesy of Mt. Amagi.

Should the Fuji course be fully booked, the Oshima course is an excellent second choice.

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Research and French original: Sylvie Berthiaume

Translation: Christiane Théberge




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