National Feb 2, 2017

Japan Golf Association downplays questions over 2020 venue

The Japan Golf Association said Tuesday it has no issues to address despite criticism over the 2020 Tokyo Games golf venue not extending full memberships to women and questions surrounding its selection process. Kasumigaseki Country Club, located in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, also prohibits women from ...

World / Offbeat Jun 18, 2015

Venezuela golf course sparks diplomatic row

A dispute has been teed off between Switzerland's ambassador to Venezuela and a neighboring elite golf club after a banner appeared at the diplomat's residence warning that golf balls injuring or killing anyone inside would violate the Vienna Convention. The large placard, on the residence's ...

Golfer Billy Casper, two-time U.S. Open winner, dies at 83

World Feb 9, 2015

Golfer Billy Casper, two-time U.S. Open winner, dies at 83

Billy Casper, one of professional golf's top players for two decades and winner of three major U.S. tournaments, has died. He was 83. He died Saturday at his home outside of Salt Lake City, according to a statement from Billy Casper Golf, the course-management firm ...

Golf turns to kids, other sports to lure younger players

National Oct 6, 2014

Golf turns to kids, other sports to lure younger players

by Satoshi Toi

Japan's golf industry, which is still largely dependent on seniors and corporate outings, is changing in the face of the aging population and stiffer competition from other leisure activities. To attract younger players, some golf clubs are opening schools for children or adding facilities where ...

National Feb 11, 2014

Me time: Services for solo customers flourishing

by Satoshi Toi

Table for one? Then how about trying out karaoke for one? Or even golf or soccer? In the face of the declining population coupled with an increasing number of people who remain single, companies are beginning to target a new clientele — the solo ...

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

National Sep 26, 2013

'Mothers of golf' tested themselves abroad

by Takeshi Ozawa

Hisako "Chako" Higuchi and the late Ku Ok-hee of South Korea are regarded as the "mothers of women's golf" in their countries and followed a similar groundbreaking path to the top by challenging themselves overseas. Higuchi said that when she turned pro in 1967, golf ...