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Golf in Japan

Introduced in Japan around 1910, golf is gradually gaining in popularity. There are now about 3,000 golf courses, either private or public, although the private ones predominate. The golf courses are laid out very beautifully, though most of them are much narrower and have more hazards than those in the United States. Note that a hole-in-one can be expensive in Japan. You will be expected to buy expensive gifts and drinks for fellow players.

On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, almost every course is so crowded that it is hard to make a reservation at a public course. At any time, golf is expensive and club membership is prohibitively so. (During the bubble economy of the late 1980s, golf club memberships were publicly traded and listed in newspapers.)

As you know there is limited space to do anything in Japan, let alone golf (and practice your golf swing). Watch this video to see what a typical golf practice session in Japan looks like:

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