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Golf Australia Express : Issue 7
By Damian Shutie Editor-in-Chief VIEW THE GOLF HAS taken me to some pretty special places. New Zealand’s Cape Kidnappers is one experience that immediately springs to mind. And while we’re all aware of the superb golf on offer in the United States, Ireland and Scotland, there’s always been one destination at the top of my ‘must visit’ list. Japan. The land of sushi, karaoke and cherry blossoms is also the land for a cultural golf experience unlike any other. Or so I’ve been told. Japanese golf courses—much like the geographical nature of the country itself—are spectacular, with stunning views of mountains to match. But it’s the unique cultural experience that comes with it I most crave. From what I gather from those who know, Japan offers a golfing experience right after my own heart—one of a lifestyle approach rather than mere competition. One of a true Japanese custom. One where fun and enjoyment reign supreme. For those unaware, a round of golf Japanese style is pretty much an all- day event. It begins when you’re given your two tee times. That’s right, one for your front nine and the other for the back nine. It’s here that I fall in love with the idea of Japanese golf. No rushing in after nine holes for a lukewarm pie or sausage roll before racing to the 10th to keep your order. Instead, sit down and enjoy a two-course meal and a couple of cheeky ones. The Japanese know the importance— and delight—in having a full lunch, and that’s why you’ll find a 45-minute disparity in your front and back nine tee times. Sure, you might be a little bit wobbly during your back nine. But hey, you might swing freer, too. Post-round is when the real fun starts. Most courses have what’s called an o-furo—a traditional Japanese spa—and are a magical way to kick-off the post-round festivities. Sure, sitting stark naked in a hot tub full of strangers might not appeal to everyone, but the o-furo experience is a must for those wanting to immerse themselves in one of the most ancient aspects of Japanese culture. Then expect another superb, gourmet Japanese feast (and a few more drinks) after your relaxing spa to top off what’s been a magical day. For me, Japan remains a dream golf destination and offers a cultural experience unlike any other. If only I could get the tightwads at OTG to send me over there. C’mon, who’s with me? EMAIL YOUR THOUGHTS TO: email@example.com WHERE GOLF BLOSSOMS Playing in Japan is unlike any other round. More Information and Bookings Contact: Nadene Gole 0425 792 784 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: nadenegole.com These schools are perfect for every golfer. It will suit all ages and abilities. Book a golf school exclusively for you and your friends. Be quick! Each program is only open to amaxof6. Nadene Gole Golf Schools at Victoria Golf Club Nadene Gole Golf Schools at Victoria Golf Club Join Nadene at one of Australia’s finest golf venues for the ultimate game improvement experience. 2011 Dates: Aug28-Sep2 Sep4-9 Oct9-14 Nov21-24 2012 Dates: Feb 5 -10 Feb19-24 Mar11-14 Mar25-30 2011 Date Dec4-9 Stay: Victoria Golf Club Play: Huntingdale GC, Woodlands GC, St Andrews Beach, Victoria GC, Barnbougle Dunes & The Lost Farm Golf Schools Golf Tour 5 nights/6 days