With the weather cooling down, it is peak season in September & October. We took time out of our not so busy schedule to explore another new course this week.

There’s been a typhoon sitting to the west of Japan, threatening to head East at any time, so it is a day by day affair with the weather, and we only booked this round in at 4PM on the day before we played. We were lucky to get in anywhere as many of the courses we called were fully booked.

Matsugamine is one of the many golf courses located in the Myoko Kogen area. With a 9:52 tee off slot, we left Hakuba about 7AM to make the drive through the mountains to the course, arriving just before 9AM.

Service here is first class, and once we were through the door, everybody called us by our names. In fact this happened every time we can into contact with a staff member, which was quite impressive.

The course also offered a “morning service”, where there was free coffee, boiled eggs and croissants until 10AM. You can also order alcohol if you want for a fee.

After checking in and getting the kit on, it was off to the practice area. This course has a lot of chipping and putting practice areas, but not a driving range. After warming up it was time to test the “morning service”, which was a nice extra touch.

The course itself is very forgiving, with OB be limited to water and the exterior boundaries of the course. The rough is not too long and easy to recover from. And the fairways are wide. We found that we did lose a few balls, which we were sure were in play but could not be found.

As this is a 27 hole course, it is divided up into 3 sets of nine holes. The courses are called Myoko, Kurohime, and Kanna. And that is the order you play them. Our front nine was the Kurohime Course, and we finished up on the Kanna Course for the back nine.

Lunch was included in the green fees, and while there was no vegetarian option on the menu, the staff liaised with the chef and served our meat challenged friend a green salad that was not on the menu. This is the first time I’ve seen a Japanese golf course staff go out of their way to accommodate dietary restrictions. Very impressive.

The course offers views over Mt Myoko and also down to Arai ski resort as well. With the weather playing ball, it was a great day out, and will definitely be coming back to play the Myoko nine holes sometime in the not too distant future.

Excellent value for money, and with maybe the best staff we have encounter in Japan so far.

As always you can check out course data and make bookings via our Nagano Golf Tours Website.

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