Shinano Golf Club
Located just to the north of Nagano City, the Shinano Golf Club is one of the finest in the region.
Friendly staff will take your clubs off you on arrival and get you set up on a cart. Check in is easy with a large locker room to store your gear.
For warming up you can have a few drives on the netted range (100yen for 12 balls), practice your chipping and then head to the putting green. Or if your golf style doesn’t require too much practice you can head to the restaurant / bar and have a snack or drink.
On to the course itself, well, it has a lot of water. Many holes have a pond off to the side and the signature par 5 8th hole has 2 ponds smack bang in the middle of the fairway. Your first shop will hopefully clear the first, and your 2nd the 2nd pond setting you up for a short chip into the green.
There are also 5 sets of tees per hole, with the championship tees offering one of the longest rounds in Nagano.
Carts are automatic with GPS navigation and distance to the holes, and come with a remote control so you can call it up if needed. The run on a magnetic course, so no need to steer the cart.
The course is cut out of the forest, so there are a lot of trees on both sides of most holes, making playing straight the key. Not overly hilly, the course is easy to walk around.
Unlike other courses of this level, there are not snack shacks during the round, so make sure you have some coins in your bag so you can buy drinks at the vending machines at the start of the 6th and 14th holes.
Lunch is included with most rounds (with a free drink thrown in as well), and the quality of the food is good.
After the round the shower room and bath house are great for feeling refreshed.
All in all, a great day out.