“Hakone made a perfect natural canvas for golf course architects and designers to practice their craft, and practice they did!
“… The first course built in the valley was the Fujiya Hotel Sengoku Golf Club constructed in 1917, making it the third oldest course in Japan after Kobe (1902) and the Yokohama Golf Club (1906). The site, designed by Scotsman T.E. Colchester, lent its self so well to the golf course’s design that they only needed to move slight amounts of soil, making only minimal changes to the landscape.
“The Hakone valley is, for the most part, up-scale and golf here will cost you a little more than neighboring areas, but that’s no recent anomaly! The area has a long history as being the best location in Japan for entertaining and relaxing guests. Japanese prime misters have been bringing foreign dignitaries here, for a round, for decades and Japanese royalty are also known to frequent the area, so you never know who you might get paired with!”
– Hakone: the Gem of Kanagawa and a Resort Golfers Paradise, Golf in Japan, 2005