In the late 1920's, Shohei Hocchi, the patriarch of a long-established family and a major land owner in Kasahata, expressed a strong desire to build a golf course on his land. Kinya Fujita and Shiro Akaboshi, accomplished pioneer golfers in Japan, agreed that the Hocchi land was ideally suited for a golf course. The three combined their passion and efforts and the dream to establish a golf course began to materialize in the early spring of 1929. Construction began in earnest soon after, and the inaugural general meeting of the Club was held in May 1929. By the end of September, the 6,600-yard, par 72 East Course was ready. It had taken only 8 months to complete the course. The opening ceremony was held on October 6th of the same year.
In 1930, Charles H. Alison, a world renowned golf architect and full partner of the esteemed golf architect Harry Colt, was commissioned to redesign the East Course. Alison utilized his distinctive bunkering style, placing cavernous bunkers known as “Alison bunkers” to increase the challenge. Consequently the 10th hole became known as one of the best par three holes in Japan. In response to increasing requests from members, it was decided to build a second 18-hole course. With the opening of the West Course on June 12, 1932, Kasumigaseki Country Club became the first club in Japan to have 36 holes.
In October 1957, Kasumigaseki Country Club became internationally known as a result of hosting the 5th Canada Cup, known today as the World Cup. The tournament was played on the East Course and it was one of the most glorious events in Japanese golf history. Sixty players from 30 countries participated in the tournament, which saw Sam Snead in his prime and a young Gary Player, compete over 4 days, beginning on October 24. The result was an unprecedented achievement for Japanese golf as Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono were victorious in the team competition, and Nakamura won the championship in the individual competition as well. The entire tournament was televised throughout Japan for the first time and widely publicized in newspapers. It most certainly triggered the golf boom in Japan, and Kasumigaseki Country Club established its worldwide reputation.
Kasumigaseki Country Club is committed to support junior golf, in recognition of its importance to the growth and development of golf as a sport. For almost four decades Kasumigaseki Country Club has been the venue for the finals of the Japan Junior Golf Championship, the gateway for aspiring young golfers. Many leading active professionals point to their experience at Kasumigaseki Country Club as the starting point of their careers. The Club is dedicated to the continuation of its contribution toward improvement of golf in Japan through supporting junior golf.
It is Kasumigaseki Country Club’s hope to remain a club where each member always strives to preserve and carry on the Club’s tradition in the spirit of fellowship, respect and courtesy.
1933 7th Japan Open Golf Championship （East Course）