Masa Nishijima, a successful golf course commentator, his book Analysis of a Golf Course is a bestseller in Japan. Masa is passionate about golf course and he has visited 56 countries and played 2030 courses along the way. He is a panelist and international board member for Golf Magazine's Top100 course in the World and International consultant of a famous web-site "Top 100 courses of the World"


The truth of Charles Hugh Alison Part Two

    Kawana Oshima Cse #1

                Hidden Gem  Kawana Oshima course

Kawana is not only Fuji course.
A lot of guests play only Fuji course.
However, you have forgotten another wonderful experience.
Do not forget there is Oshima course in Kawana, too.
Oshima course was established in 1928.
Original designed is Komyo Ohtani.
And, some holes was redesigned by the idea of C.H.Alison.
But, Kawana made the description of architect only Ohtani.
The reason is that there is no record that Alison remodeled.
However, in book Colt&Co by Fred Hawtree
It is described as "Kawana Oshima Cse redesigned CHA 1936"
I verified which holes Alison had done in touch redesign

     #3 Kaigan Dori

Result of my verification. The following matters seem for Alison to have touched.
#3 Green complexes
#4 Bunkering
#8 Route of two ways that uses height of geographical features.
     Very interesting short Par 5 hole !
     Tee shot is blind for the height. The slope of geographical features goes down
      the left to the right, and the advantage to 2nd shot arises by the ball's rolling.
     In case of not being at the position that reaches green by make 2 shots.
     It is also possible that you aim at 2nd shot at the position where a left side is high,
     and reach the vicinity of green by the ball's rolling.
     but it is a risk and a reward.
#9 Diagonal Tee box moved.
#12 Green site was moved.
#18 Plateau & punchbowl(green surface is not punchbowl style)

     #6  S.O.S

    #8   Ochudo Mawari   Two ways

I took Tom Doak and Brian Schneider and played Oshima 2009.
Tom was said to me.
"Masa I'm interested in Oshima for redesign work, maybe more than Fuji !"
I thought that Tom was surely interesting.
How much golfers visit Kawana if Tom does redesign work for Oshima course?
It profits the maximum for Kawana.

Oshima couse has nickname in holes.
#1 Kumagai's Adventure
#2 Tametomo promnade
#3 Kaigan Dori (seaside coast)
#4 Good-bye
#5 Mikaerizaka
#6 S.O.S
#7 Ohtani's Smile
#8 Ochudo Mawari
#9 W&D(Wife and Drink)

    #13   Vini Vidi Vici

#10 Terrace
#11 Links land
#12 North Col
#13 Veni Vidi Vici (Maxim of Julius Caesar)
       Drive-able4 of 280 yards
       with down slope of the height difference 180 feet.
#14 Twin
#15 Hodogaya
#16 Jigoku Dani
#17 Chanps-Elysees
#18 Tokaido

    #12 North Col

     #18  Tokaido   High plateau

Total 5,711 yrds PAR70.
Are you dissatisfied with total yardage?
However, the score of you of Oshima course might be worse than Fuji course.