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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- hole numbering with directional signs
- plenty of bathrooms and food venders
- regular landscaping
- located on the local railway
- maps at the entry points of park
- benches halfway through the course
- close location to Yokota Air Base (20 minutes by bike)
- beautiful park with lots going on
- very short course, but not many chances for hole-in-ones
- mostly low ceiling shots, not much variety
- not located close to any park entry points
- 1-9 & 10-18 are not linked and are hard to follow if you are new
- grass and dirt tee pads
- half the course is closed during the spring
- park entry is not free
- parking is not free
- holes 10-18 are crammed in a small area.
- park opens at 930, so it's hard to play before it gets hot and humid in the summer
This is arguably the best course that Tokyo has to offer. It's not a bad course, but for as long as it has been established I thought that it would be better. The local club gets a little more creative with the hole layout for monthly tournaments though. No need to bring the whole bag if you're just passing through, you can easily play the entire course with 2-3 discs.
It's 820 ¥ for parking, 300 ish ¥ from Yokota Air Base (where I live) each way on the rail, and 400-500 ¥ for a day pass. A season passes are available for just over 4,000 ¥, which pays for itself if you plan on going frequently. There are a good core group of regular players that are very friendly. There is also a monthly meet up event on the first Sunday morning of each month at 10 AM. Be mindful that the max weight for discs is 159 grams for JPDGA sanctioned events, you must understand.
Everyone meets, greets, and typically starts their rounds on hole ten because of the benches. Many locals leave their extra gear there while they throw the course and because it's Japan there's no threat of item theft..... except for the mischievous birds. Leave food at your own risk, the crows can sniff out food from a mile away.
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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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It was ok.
Pros: The park is beautiful and so is the course. There is a mix of dogleg lefts and dogleg rights.
Cons: There are no holes where you get to let loose with your distance drivers. The whole course could be played with a midrange disc. The front nine is a joke. There are some very technical holes on the front but they are just too short(the first hole is about 110 feet).
Other Thoughts: It is worth playing if you are in Tokyo because they don't have much to choose from and the park that the course is in is incredible. On the other hand, the course is very short, and very wooded.
Also, bring your own discs if you want to play. The girl at the rental counter tried to rent me four 150 class putters. Thank god there was somebody on the course that let me borrow a few disks (roc, yeti aviar, and a crow). You wont need anything more than a midrange and unless you are playing in a comp, don't worry about the weight.
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Pros: -Absolutely beautiful park, you can enjoy lots of other activities besides disc golf.
-Easily accessible via train/subway
-Can buy 150 gram discs in the shop near the tennis area.
Cons: -Must pay to enter park
-Not a full 18 hole course. Holes 1-9 are more like practice baskets.
-Area may get crowded with people not playing disc golf.
Other Thoughts: Even though this course is not world class, it was still a joy to play, even in the rain.
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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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