A team of top-class specialists
We have assembled a team of top-class specialists in their respective fields to enable us to deliver experiences that can only be gained here and the ultimate in "omotenashi." Enjoy your golf of global standard as much as you want.
Golf Course Designer
Ohayo Dairy Products Co., Ltd.
Souichi Hiroto, Representative Director, Reash Project (General Incorporated Association),
Chairman Hiroto Dojo (sports seitai clinic)
Golf Course Designer
Born January 19, 1941 in Miyazaki Prefecture. Former Course Advisor for the Japan Golf Tour Association. Has designed and managed well-known tournament courses in Japan. Has recently been involved in the full-scale remodeling of the courses at the Yomiuri Country Club, Naha Golf Club, The Country Club Japan, etc.
There aren’t any clear-cut criteria for what makes a “global standard course.” So I thought about what I personally considered to be a “global standard course,” and came to the conclusion that it was one that looked to the future. Going forward, rules will continue to be refined, human skill and physical strength will continue to increase, and gear will continue to evolve. What I regard as global standard is a course that transcends changing times and remains appealing to golfers. There’s no course in the world that is tough on pros and kind to amateurs. The Royal Golf Club course is equally difficult for both pros and amateurs. Yet that difficulty is something that can be overcome with practice, discipline, and a spirit of embracing challenge, so players will experience the pleasures and depth of golf as well as the joy of taking on challenges.
I describe holes that force players to swing through “positive holes” and holes that force them to think “negative holes.” When designing this course, I took pains to strike a balance between the positive and the negative, and included traps in both types of hole. Yet the traps aren’t sneaky.
If, as you face a “positive hole,” you take a look at the “negative hole” adjacent to it, which will be your next hole, you will receive a hint about the strategy you should adopt. This concept of “foresight” is one of the elements I weaved into the course. In golf, even if your technique and stamina are poor, you can still do well as long as you are mentally prepared. Results depend greatly on mental preparation. I believe that the accumulation of creative originality that occurs through this enhances the sense of achievement you feel after the game. Using the resources available to me, I incorporated as many elements as I possibly could. This course is the culmination of my life’s work as a designer. I hope that you will try to play in a way that only you can on this stage, where you shouldn’t attack each hole one by one, but instead take them as though they were a chain.
Resident Pro, Ohayo Dairy Products Co., Ltd.
Born October 12, 1951 in Kagawa Prefecture. Strong domestic and international track record as a pro-golfer. 16 tournament wins on the Japan Tour.
Formerly involved in tournament administration as a Director of the Japan Golf Tour Organization. Engages in a wide range of activities, such as commentating on television, managing courses, and developing young and junior players.
In the world of sports in Japan, we often hear the expression “shin-gi-tai,” which refers to the three qualities of a martial artist: heart, technique, and physique. It’s an interesting concept because most athletes who struggle to succeed internationally despite possessing good technique and a good physique are lacking in “heart,” i.e. fighting spirit and mental toughness.
So what’s needed to develop this “heart?” The answer is decorum. In the context of golf, this means developing interest and respect by understanding the roots of the sport, learning about the sport’s history, which has been shaped by the many players it has seen over the years, as well as the culture that it has developed. In addition, a pure feeling of wanting to “go out into the world and grow as a person” leads to a powerful motivation to instill in oneself the discipline that one needs.
The Royal Golf Club will be a school for producing Japanese athletes who can succeed on the world stage. In addition to obviously being a highly-challenging course, the various facilities and initiatives will provide direct lessons to golfers. And what we have here can also be applied in various ways to athletes in other sports.
And even for ordinary people, this will be a place where they can obtain ideas about how to live in this global era. The average golfer can play a round or watch the top athletes in action as a fan. They will get a feel for what “global standard” means, and this should serve as a compass for enabling them to navigate their future lives.
Golf develops people. Through golf, The Royal Golf Club aims to become a venue for the development and regeneration of numerous people, not just in sports, but also in such fields as art and culture. And through my own career, I personally am determined to play a role this.
Representative Director, Reash Project
(General Incorporated Association), Chairman Hiroto Dojo (sports seitai clinic)
Born June 13, 1961 in Tokyo. Attracting attention for the REASH physical theory that he developed independently and espouses. Provides support to top athletes in every area from total conditioning and general therapy. Member of the Japanese Olympic Committee training staff.
In terms of the way the body is used, there are basically two types of sport. One is dynamic sport, where the entire body is used in an instinctive way. The other is the type of sport where effort is made to use the whole body while it is in a stable condition, and the same action is accurately repeated. Golf is obviously a sport of the second type, and in fact, the ability of Japanese people in this area is thought to be extremely high.
Nowadays, the focus with training for athletes has shifted away from increasing muscular strength to enhancing the ability to control the body, and most emphasis is placed on improving flexibility, as doing so expands the range of motion of each body part, enabling the entire body to function as a single unit.
The Royal Golf Club is an ideal environment for this sort of cutting-edge training. This is because it is equipped with outstanding facilities. These include a monster course on which power alone is insufficient to deliver victory, a driving range, an approach range, a training room, and a medical treatment room. Given that the human body can only evolve within a specific environment, we are blessed with a fantastic environment here.
Here I offer a curriculum that enables you to learn painlessly how to better control your body. If you are an athlete, this will give you an advantage when you take on the world’s top players. And if you are an ordinary person, it will increase your body’s ability to recover, making you healthier in general.
By enabling you to experience this, I hope that you will come to know a new reality different from the one you knew before. This is my approach to offering something "global standard," and I am ready to provide people wishing to achieve a breakthrough with whatever support I can.
Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts, Fine Arts, Department of Crafts.
Founded Super Potato Co., Ltd. in 1973. Handles the interior design of commercial spaces such as restaurants and hotels. Works include MUJI stores, Park Hyatt hotels (Guangzhou, Seoul, Beijing), Hyatt Regency hotels (Kyoto, Tokyo), and Shangri-La hotels (Hong Kong, Shanghai).
Won the Mainichi Design Contest in both '84 and '85. Won the Society of Japan Interior Technology Prize in '85.
Professor Emeritus at Musashino Art University.
After graduating from Kanagawa University, joined Asahi Golf's photography department. Went freelance in 1984.
Shifted the focus of his activity overseas in 1987, and as a photojournalist alone, has photographed over 100 major tournaments, including the Masters and the U.S. Open. Known for his clever use of light and shade to express the mood of the person photographed, he works both in Japan and abroad.
Official Photographer for Pebble Beach Golf Links and The Riviera Country Club.
Staff uniform design:
Graduated from Waseda University.
Went freelance after serving as fashion editor in the editorial department of fashion magazine Men's Club.
Founded creative office Globe in 1996. Stylist to actors, musicians, artists, athletes, cultural figures, politicians, and business leaders.
Also engages in a range of other activities such as apparel brand production/direction, publishing, and lecturing.
Art Director and Graphic Designer
Graduated from the Faculty of Modeling, Musashino Art University. Founded Okamoto Issen Graphic Design Company in 1979.
Designs for general magazines, PR magazines, photo books, general books, etc., creates corporate and visual identity concepts for companies, produces advertising, produces publishing, provides art direction for golf magazines, assists golf gear manufacturers with branding design, and so on.
Has published collections of his works: Okamoto Issen Tokyo Design and Okamoto Issen Pure Graphic (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha Co. Ltd).
Representative Director and President, Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc.
Project Leader, Director and Vice-President,
TOKYO LEISURE DEVELOPMENT CO.,LTD.
Manager, The Royal Golf Club
Representative Director and President,
Nippon Kabaya Ohayo Holdings Inc.
Through all the things that stimulate the five senses, premonitions become expectations, self-belief transforms into confidence, and I am delighted to be able to bring you a unique golf course like this. The course we offer you is currently Japan’s longest and most beautiful. The intellect of internationally-successful Japanese professionals has been poured into this course, which offers tough challenges to people who want to improve their game and gentleness to those who just want to enjoy playing. What both have in common is a landscape created by the combination of nature and the human hand. This landscape comprises lush green lawns, trees with handsome foliage, and flowers in full bloom. We will be as happy as we can be if as many people as possible can appreciate the beauty and dignity of Japan’s finest course at the tee ground of their choice while experiencing our strategic approach to course management.
Not only in golf, but in every activity in this world, there are people who will become the best and people who won’t. Yet I feel that regardless of ability or results, the desire to continue to grow is a fundamental human need. With its various personalities, this course offers challenges and tests to suit the abilities and objectives of each individual, and we are confident that it will warmly embrace everyone who plays here and inspire them to continue striving to achieve personal growth.
Our goal has been to bring a “global standard course” to all golf lovers. And with the Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, that goal includes the grand vision of developing athletes who can succeed internationally. Beyond The Royal Golf Club lies the world. This is our ideal vision, and on behalf of all our staff, I would like to take this opportunity to promise that we will continue to offer world-class "absolute standards."
Project Leader, Director and Vice-President,
TOKYO LEISURE DEVELOPMENT CO.,LTD.
This project got off the ground in December 2015. At a press conference held at the Imperial Hotel, we laid out the grand vision of "creating a global standard golf course in Japan." The end result was The Royal Golf Club, which offers enormous strategic challenges that leave even professional-level golfers struggling to decide what to do. And with this golf course, we also focused on creating beautiful scenery comprising trees and flowers that change their appearance with the passage of the four seasons. We humbly owe this to the wealth of experience and the engineering and gardening skills of Mr. Yoichi Nagato, who paid attention to every minute detail. Added to this were ideas from pro-golfer Norio Suzuki, who looked at things from the perspective of a professional player. As a result of these factors, we are confident that we have produced a course that we can be proud of worldwide and of the like that has never been seen before. And taking full advantage of this vast site, which could be likened to an impregnable fortress, sports trainer Souichi Hiroto will develop players. Hiroto is attracting attention not just in the world of sports but also from various other sectors, and the REASH and four-stance theories that he has developed lead to dramatic performance improvements because they teach players how to use their bodies optimally based on their physical characteristics. Our mission is not only to develop pro-golfers, but also youngsters who can become "sportspeople who are successful internationally" in the future. The clubhouse is made from natural materials and provides feelings of "texturedness" and "warmth." The spaces inside it induce calmness both mentally and physically. The dining room has a wooden floor and the bar lounge allows visitors to stretch out and relax. And the luxury hotel, which is as good as a five-star hotel, will relieve the mental and physical exhaustion accumulated on the course. We promise to deliver the ultimate in club life to our members. We hope that you will come and experience the possibilities offered by The Royal Golf Club, which has been created from the combined intellect of Japanese professionals.
Manager, The Royal Golf Club
On March 25, 2017, we will embark on another new start. We opened on a preliminary basis on September 22, 2016, but now the time of the grand opening has finally arrived.
We want to convey to you our wish to create a brand new golf course that is unique in Japan, a golf course that is acknowledged as meeting global standards by the world's golfers.
In our creation of this golf course, we focused on three important points:
First, constructing a golf course that is meticulously maintained so as to win fans among the world's golfers.
Second, offering amenities that allow visitors to enjoy their golfing life.
And third, underpinning the first two with warm hospitality.
A golf course that embodies these three elements is the kind of golf course we have strived to create. Some people say that what's important is that the course itself is good, and that things like amenities and hospitality come second. Yet our mission is to deliver all three elements boldly, beautifully, and intricately in order to enable all golf lovers to enjoy golfing life and club life.
Our vision is to provide everyone that visits with "the ultimate hospitality," which in Japanese is known as "omotenashi." We want to offer a new type of value from a golf club to all our customers.
In our pursuit of a new golf style, we have prepared 15 comfortable hotel rooms in which customers can relax. So please enjoy a relaxing break under the blue skies.
We embark on our new challenge on March 25, so please look forward to it.
We are eagerly awaiting your arrival.