|Please read through "General Knowledge" of golf course in Japan|
Outside the summer months of July-August, pre- and post-play (i.e., in the Club House) at most Japanese courses, it’s obligatory or at least recommended to wear a jacket. So, it’s very important to check Dress Code rules with any golf course on which foreign visitors plan to play in Japan.
Stricter courses may refuse to allow those not adhering to their Dress Code to play.
On Arrival, A Blazer or Jacket must be worn, while in July & August, a Jacket need not be worn, but can be carried. Anyone wearing a t-shirt, jeans, shorts, sneakers or sandals will not be allowed to enter the Club. During Play, all players must wear a shirt with a collar. Turtle-neck or polo neck wear is not allowed. Shorts may only be worn in combination with long socks, which must completely cover the ankle-area.
From Arrival to Tee-Off
1. Players arriving by vehicle are greeted as they arrive by Club Staff , to whom they immediately hand their golf-bag. The Staff arranges for the bag to be placed on the appropriate cart, while the Player enters the Club House to change. For this reason, itʼs important that golf bags and golf-covers have clearly visible name-tags.
2.On entering the Club House, players proceed to Reception, where they write their name and address on a registration card, and in return receive their locker-key and scorecard-holder. All purchases
at the course are then charged to the playerʼs bill by simply giving their signature and locker number, and the bill is settled at Reception before leaving the course.
3.Players then proceed to their locker, change into golf-wear and shoes (soft-spiked shoes only), put their personal belongings in the locker, lock it and proceed to the course.
4.Players wishing to practice at the Driving Range should buy a token for the range-ball-vending-machine at the Caddy Masterʼs Desk (usually adjacent to the exit from the Club House to the course
– the playerʼs locker number is needed for this), select a few clubs, and walk to the practice range (carts arenʼt used to access the practice range in Japan). The putting practice green is usually close
to the Club House, and there the player uses their own balls. Etiquette in Japan is for all players to be at the fi rst tee 10 minutes before their offi cial start time.
5. Very few Japanese courses have adopted the American-style of players paying green-fees at the Pro-Shop, not using a locker, putting their own golf clubs directly onto their cart, and, when their
offi cial start time comes, driving their cart to the 1st tee.