About Abiko Golf Club

Historical

Background
Historical Background of Abiko In the Tokugawa period, Abiko, the town at the junction of ancient Mito-kaido and Narita-kaido roads, was commonly known as a post station, having an officially appointed inn and an administration office for Mito Domain, and as a base for visitors to the Naritasan Temple. In the early Taisho period, Abiko was recognized as a place of scenic beauty in the suburbs of Tokyo. The scenery of majestic forest therearound and mystic Teganuma pond was adored and villas were kept there by Kano Jigoro, the founder of Kodokan Judo; Sugimura Sojinkan in the Asahi Shimbun; Otani Noboru in Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha; Mitani Kazuji in Mitsubishi; Dr. Murakawa Kengo at Imperial University; Shiga Naoya, author; Mushanokoji Saneatsu, author; Bernard Leach, British potter; Tanaka Kotaro, jurist; writers of the Shirakaba school and others. That is why Abiko became such a cultured town as was referred to as "Kamakura in the north".
In 1930: Teganuma Pond and Tableland in Abiko (woodblock print by Kawase Hasui)
1929 Circumstances of Establishment of Abiko Golf Club in 1929
Mr. Kato Ryo (right), First Administrative Director of the Club, and Mr. Someya Masaharu (left), Mayor of Abiko Town
Mr. Someya Masaharu, the then mayor of Abiko Town, was worried about a plan to develop a part of the forest region as a residential quarter and consulted with Mr. Sugimura Sojinkan. As a result, Mr. Sugimura recommended the mayor to construct a golf course in the region. It is said that this was a reason behind the establishment of Abiko Golf Club. The initial plan, however, suffered a setback and Mr. Someya is said to have complained to Mr. Kano Jigoro of the circumstances and to have implored him for support, in order to get over the difficulties. Through the good offices of Mr. Kano, Mr. Sugimura and others and at the discretion of Morimura Ichizaemon of Tokyo Golf Club, Mr. Kato Ryo who was an ardent member of the Club and had been a director of Asano Ship Building Company was recommended as the responsible person for the establishment of the golf course. At a later date, Mr. Someya wrote in the article titled "My Memoirs on Establishment of the Club" for a bulletin of Abiko Golf Club "It seemed to me as if Mr. Kato appeared to save my life." In fact, Abiko Golf Club was successfully established by virtue of the sacrificial efforts of Mr. Kato.
1930 On Oct. 5, 1930 provisional inauguration was held with a 9-hole course finished. Mr. Kato Ryo set up Abiko Country Club Co., Ltd. with a capital of one hundred fifty thousand yen as a result of his own funds and the aid from Mr. Morimura, in the belief that he would produce "a golf club that is non-discriminatory, liberal and democratic and that highly esteems etiquette and manners" for the populace rather than that as a place for social interaction for the peerage, formulated a development plan for golf course, amusement facilities on land and water, and sale of building lots with total area of 132,000 square meters, and commenced the construction of the course in January of 1930 by taking form of lending of "Golf Links" to Abiko Golf Club. Mr. Akaboshi Shiro and Mr. Akaboshi Rokuro, who were members of the Tokyo Golf Club, were commissioned to design the course. On Oct. 5 in the same year, the back nine holes were completed and the provisional inauguration was held.
One Scene of Provisional Inauguration (Oct. 5, 1930)
1931 Opening of Abiko Golf Club On Oct. 18, 1931 the inauguration was held with the eighteen holes finished. "Birth of Abiko Golf Club" Mr. Kato Ryo set up Abiko Country Club Co., Ltd. with a capital of one hundred fifty thousand yen as a result of his own funds and the aid from Mr. Morimura, in the belief that he would produce "a golf club that is non-discriminatory, liberal and democratic and that highly esteems etiquette and manners" for the populace rather than that as a place for social interaction for the peerage, formulated a development plan for golf course, amusement facilities on land and water, and sale of building lots with total area of 132,000 square meters, and commenced the construction of the course in January of 1930 by taking form of lending of "Golf Links" to Abiko Golf Club. Mr. Akaboshi Shiro and Mr. Akaboshi Rokuro, who were members of the Tokyo Golf Club, were commissioned to design the course. On Oct. 5 in the same year, the back nine holes were completed and the provisional inauguration was held. However, Mr. Kato, the first chairman, suddenly died of illness on Jan. 8, 1931, the next year, and Mr. Tanaka Minoru thereafter assumed the post of the chairman as a successor. On Oct. 18 in the same year, the inauguration was held with the eighteen holes finished. On this day, Prince Asakanomiya administered the opening ceremony, and it is said that an enormous number of people in the town and the neighboring districts gathered there besides invited guests and members so that a brilliant pageant unparalleled in Abiko Town was developed.
Mr. Akaboshi Shiro (left)
Mr. Akaboshi Rokuro (right)
The completed Abiko course, adroitly taking advantage of tablelands and valleys between Teganuma pond and Tone River, has become one of the best courses in the Kanto region, which requires a high level of strategy, by virtue of the secluded woods and the ideal contour. In the course, a huge number of national competitions including Kanto Pro Championship in August of 1933 have been held. In 1933, the members including ordinary members and shareholder members numbered in 600, and those further including 600 weekly members numbered in no less than 1,200. ページトップへ戻る
1933 1933 The Third Kanto Pro Championship was held.
1936 1936. (昭和11年) The Tenth Amateur East-West Match and The 29th Amateur Golf Championship were held. The 29th Japan Amateur Golf Championship
Champion: Mr. Sato Giichi
1948 Abiko Golf Club Having Overcome Ravages of War 1948. (昭和23年) The Second World War brought about extreme ruin of the Abiko course. An area including the 13th hole of par three was changed into an air defense position, and the Club faced a danger of being closed. Mayor Someya, who had engaged in the establishment of the Club, worried about the situation, worked out a temporary lease contract with the Naval Paymasters' School, and left the course in the farming management of the School until the end of the War. The actions narrowly saved the Club from abolition. It must be said that the Club was much more fortunate than other several golf courses that were permanently erased by similar fate. After the end of the War, the Abiko course and Sagami Country Club were rescued from being requisitioned by the Occupation Forces and were left as only two courses exclusive to Japanese in the Kanto region. Because of dispersion of a large number of former members, extraordinary pains and efforts were spent for the reconstruction and the 18 holes were at length reopened in September of 1948. The return of the former members, however, was so disappointing that the associate membership system was once introduced with positive reception of foreign golfers, in terms of the management of the Club. That is why there were many foreigner members, as well as distinguished Japanese American players such as Chuck, Morimoto, and Otake in the Club. At the same time, Mr. Ogura Yasuomi, the then administrative director, accomplished great results by devising the institutional membership system, in the first place after the war, for the purpose of raising funds.
1949 1949 The 17th Japan Professional Golf Championship was held(Champion: Yoshiro Hayashi)
1950 1950 The 15th Japan Open Golf Championship and the 18th Japan Professional Golf Championship were held(Champion: Yoshiro Hayashi)
1952 1952 After that, the course was modified and repaired by Mr. Inoue Seiichi. On the other hand, the construction of the new clubhouse, in substitution for the old clubhouse, was commenced in 1952 and was completed in June in the next year. With the reorganization of the Club to an incorporated association in 1954, Abiko Golf Club revived both in name and reality and became one of the representative golf clubs in the world of golf in Japan.
1953 1953 The 21st Japan Professional Golf Championship was held
1954 1954 With the reorganization of the Club to an incorporated association in 1954, Abiko Golf Club revived both in name and reality and became one of the representative golf clubs in the world of golf in Japan.
1955 1955 Japan Women's Amateur Golf Championship was held
1967 1967 The 52nd Japan Amateur Golf Championship was held.

"Lately, the players who have trained at Abiko Golf Club's famously deep bunkers and small greens have taken the golf world by storm. Before long, the play style of elite tricks will be called, 'Abiko Style.'"
1980 1980 The celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary and for display of the new (third) clubhouse was carried out.
1981 1981 The 23rd Japan Women's Amateur Golf Championship was held. ページトップへ戻る
1983 1983 The 5th Japan Senior Golf Championship was held.
1992 1992 The 1st Japan Amateur Match Play Golf Championship was held.
2001 2001 Neighbors Trophy Team Championship was held
2002 2002 The 12th Japan Senior Open Golf Championship was held.
2005 2005 In 2005, the celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary was held in Tokyo Kaikan.
2009 2009 The 42nd Japan Women's Open Golf Championship was held.
2012 2012 A closing period for ten months was provided and the course was modified therein so as to be of the one-green system. Mr. Brian Silva, Course Redesign, and Mr. Kye Goalby, Co-Designer for embodying designs, were commissioned to make the modification. The course was provisionally reopened in November of 2012.
2013 2013 Grand opening ceremony.
2014 2014 Received Best International Renovation Award of Golf Magazine. On March 4th, Japan Golf Assocation decided to hold Japan Women's Open Golf Championship 2017 at Abiko Golf Club. ceremony. ページトップへ戻る