18 HOLES / PAR 72 / 7,235 YARDS
|Course||ABC Golf Club|
|Holes / Par||18 Holes/Par 72|
|Designer||Shoichi Suzuki, Ken Sato|
|Max. golfers / Group||4|
|Tournament||Mynavi ABC Champion Golf Tournament|
|LBGA, Sky Ladies ABC Cup|
|Golf Cart||Shared with 4|
|Bath / Hot Spring||Yes/ Yes|
|Tee Box/ Fairway|
|Location||Hyogo, Kato city|
|4 km from Hyogo-Tojo I.C., Chugoku Expressway|
The ABC Golf Club is located in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is about 4 km from Hyogo Tojo IC. It was constructed to become the most visible course in TV, and it was opened in 1985. The course designer are Shoichi Suzuki who designed more than 150 courses and Ken Sato who is known for his precise design from the player's perspective. The course is designed so that not only men but also women are able to enjoy golfing, so the difference in height is only 17 m. The shape of the course is quite beautiful and the scenery in the front and the scenery in the back look the same. The 1st hole is designed with a good view so that it looks beautiful on TV. LPGA Championship was held in 1986 and 1988. After that, many tournaments have been held every year such as "LARK CUP GOLF" the biggest men's tournament in Japan, "Philip Morris Championship" and "ABC Championship". Currently, "Mynavi ABC Championship" and "Sky ABC Ladies Cup" are held.
The course is perfect blended of strategic value and scenic beauty. For example, last 3 holes are made with the theme of "Seasons". The theme of 16th hole is "Autumn" and the autumn leaves are very beautiful. The theme of 17th hole is "Spring" and various kinds of cherry blossoms bloom. The theme of 18th hole is "Summer" and there is brilliant crape myrtle. The best part of the ABC Golf Club is that you can sense the "chic" and "beauty" in your round.
The 16th hole is beautiful par-3 and it has a pond. The pond is placed in right front and the green is surrounded by 4 bunkers. As the course is downhill, it is easily affected by wind. So it is better to select the club carefully. If you drop the ball into the bunker on the left, the second shot will become difficult downhill. You should better to aim the center or the right side at the teeing shot. You should better to aim the center or little right side at the teeing shot.
The 17th hole is par-4 and there are out of bounds on the left side and a pond on the right side. At the teeing shot, it is little safer to aim the right side than the left side. The green goes down from the center to the front and there is a small tiered in the back to the left. The slope doesn't look steep, but you have to be careful because the ball rolls quite a bit.
The 18th hole is par-5 with the beautiful pond. The accuracy shot is required because there are crossed bunkers on the left and right side, and the narrow fairway. If you can drop the ball on the fairway over the bunker, you can get a chance to get on the green in two. The green is 3-tiered that the center is high and the right and left side are low. The putting from the lower tier is more inclined, so it is better to hit harder.
The entrance has a high ceiling, and the starting holes can be seen from the lobby. You can use any club from the driver to the bunker in the driving range.