Rees Jones, Inc.

Golf Course Design & Architecture

Rees Jones, Inc.
Ibaraki Country Club
Osaka, Japan
Image: TPC Danzante Bay
Course Type
Design Role
Complete Redesign
Bryce Swanson

Client Course Description

Ibaraki Country Club is a 36 hole facility and conveniently located near the large city of Osaka. The course consists of the East and West Courses. The East Course designed by David Hood of Scotland at the time of the Club’s founding (1923), and was renovated by C.H. Alison from England in 1930, runs through woods. The West Course was designed by Seiichi Inoue in 1960 in response to the advancement in golf technology. The West Course is longer and has double greens to provide the membership with a quality putting surface throughout the golf season. Both golf courses feature a variety of terrain and landscape settings, resulting in both courses being different and enjoyable to the membership. Ibaraki Country Club is currently ranked in Japan’s Top 50 Courses.

Designer Notes

A Golf Course Master Plan was developed for the West Course in 2010 that focused on rebuilding the double green complexes to create one green complex. Additional aspects of the plan addressed rebuilding the tee complexes to update the course for today’s players and adjusting the yardages to create more variety between the golf holes, rebuilding the landing zones, improving the overall course drainage and new irrigation system.  We added length repositioned and redesigned all the bunkers and built new greens with workable, challenging green counters. The long bunker shots were eliminated around the green to accommodate member play.

Course Photos


Tournament Year(s)
Japan Open 2024
Asia Pacific Open Golf Championship – Diamond Cup 2016
Asia Pacific Panasonic Open 2013


Headline Date
Rees Jones’ Redesign Of Ibaraki Country Club’s West Course In Japan Reopens To Acclaim September 22, 2011
Rees Jones Re-Designs Ibaraki’s West Course May 3, 2011
Rees Jones Brings His Special Magical Touch To Asia April 1, 2011
Rees Jones Redesigns Ibaraki Country Club’s West Course February 17, 2011
The Doctor’s Appointment In Japan January 21, 2011
Making In-Roads To The Asian Continent October 1, 2010

More Information

For more information about Ibaraki Country Club, please visit the course’s website.