Lovely place to play while visiting Tokyo
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Pros: * Beautiful setting in a huge park
* You can get to it pretty easily by train
* Well-marked tees and baskets
* Signs after each hole point the direction to each basket
* Alternate tees used by the locals add lots of varying, interesting, lines
Cons: * It's only the back 9 in the spring (front 9 are closed)
* Low ceilings everywhere. Gah, I hate low ceilings!
Other Thoughts: Played five rounds on the back 9 today while visiting Tokyo for work. If you brought your discs with you to play a course while in Tokyo you should definitely come here, especially if it's spring. The whole park is beautiful, and the disc golf section makes good use of the trees. The basket for hole 15 is right under a massive cherry tree. Lovely!
I played with Mr. Butlertron who showed me a bunch of alternate tee locations. Once you've done one round on the marked tees play your second round looking for patches where the grass is worn away. That's a dead giveaway that locals use it as an alternate tee. I really enjoyed the alternate spots, including some shots from on top of the mounds, forehand routes, etc. Very cool.
Getting here from Tokyo via train is pretty straightforward. Take the JR Ome line from Shinjuku to Nishi-Tachikawa Station (an express train is WAY faster than a local train for this). Walk across the bridge into the park using the Nishi-Tachikawa Gate. Once through the gate head left and follow the path that goes around the left side of the lake and up into the heart of the park. The Google Maps pin locations on the files tab is a big help in finding the area. Once you are close there are wayfinding signs in the park to get you the rest of the way.
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Fun little course
Pros: Well marked, easy to navigate course in the middle of a beautiful park! If you came to play the course, what you will remember is the park. Good variety of shots, hyzers, straight "lazer" shots, and anny's throughout the course. Lines are more difficult than they look due to the extremely short distance on the front nine and low ceiling tight shots on the back nine. Locals are extremely friendly and courteous, only had one problem with playing through a slow group, but it was a 5 year old kid and his mother, so we didn't feel bad. All shots are par 3 (thank God they didn't try to call any of those 4's) and there were beautifully designed fairways with lots of landscaping and good quality baskets. Good use of space with what they had, when you try to take too many liberties with such a small playing area you can end up with some dangerous shots for the other players/pedestrians.
Cons: You have to pay 400 yen to get into the park, but it's totally worth it to see this place. The holes are short and a few of them are way too easy given the distance off the tee. I think I only pulled out my driver on 4 holes; most of my tee shots were with a wedge. Course was pretty busy even in February, and I hear it is packed with players and pedestrians in the summer.
Other Thoughts: Fun course, not much repeat playability in the front nine, but the back nine makes up for it. Best course in the area by far
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Locals Make It Worth Playing!
Pros: Holes 10-18 are 250' and shorter but a good variety of low ceiling-wooded shots. Sports volunteers and local golfers were great. Once we got past the language barrier and began to communicate through golf they showed an eagerness to share technique and to play many times around holes 10-18. This may not be a long and difficult course but they are disc golfers and as such are competitive.
Cons: 1-9 holes are very short, very tight with low hanging trees. These holes are scattered with people picnicing. This is the reason the locals consider holes 10-18 where to begin and the holes they typically only play. Park closes at 4:30 or 5:00 all but two months of the year, come early.
Other Thoughts: There are not many options in Tokyo for disc golf. This is a huge park used for many activities and I think well work a visit. You may end up playing 10-18 multiple times to get your golf fix. You will not need more than a putter, mid-range and short driver. There is also a made up hole 19 to a practice basket.
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