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How difficult are Japanese courses to access? I might have some contacts I could access.
I plan to go next year. Where would you go if you had two weeks?
Coincidentally, I was in Asia last month again. Hadn't been since pre Covid so really missed going there.I was just in Japan and Korea which are my favorite golf places to go in Asia.As people have said, Japan is pretty much about having very good connections/friends there. Japan in general is always worth a visit. Kawana is accessible but generally the only course in the World Top 100 that get s a 100% pass in terms of maintenance. Lot's to love there in terms of architecture and scary how good that place could be if it were in the right hands. Japan is an amazing place and culture. I'd like to visit Abiko and Kobe Golf Club someday but always go to the same courses. I'm not complaining because I love Japan's top courses. Hirono now has catapulted into my personal World Top 30. Another Turnberry-esque renovation by Martin Ebert.If money was no object I'd simply go to Southcape Owners Club and spend two weeks there. One of my favorite resorts anywhere and I love Kyle Philips work there. His best in my mind.There is one course worth seeing on Hainan Island and it's impossible to see. That's Coore & Crenshaw's Shanqin Bay and with a new young owner it shouldn't be ignored any longer - after a few years falling out of the eye of the US Magazines. It's still one of Coore & Crenshaws best designs and routings and they have now fixed the hole that was affected by government land issues.The hotbed of golf and where I think you should go for at least half of your time is Vietnam. To be fair, if your goal is to study courses with architectural merit, you should go to the UK or Ireland. Thailand as others have mentioned is where you could spend the other half of your time but unless you know how to activate a deep network the courses to visit are not really accessible.In the end, much like a trip to the US from abroad, the best of what there is to see requires serious connections.
I suppose Türkiye is in Asia (just!).Belek is absolutely phenomenal for decent golf, great food, fabulous accommodations.Cheers,F.