Kasumigaseki club to host 2020 Olympic golf tournament


Kasumigaseki club to host 2020 Olympic golf tournament
Sean Dudley
By Adam Lawrence

Following Tokyo’s victory over Madrid and Istanbul in the race host the 2020 Olympic Games, organisers have confirmed that the historic Kasumigaseki club outside the city will host the golf competition during the Games.

Kasumigaseki’s East course, designed by English architect Hugh Alison during his stay in the country in 1930, has traditionally hosted most tournaments held at the club, but Games organisers have planned a new composite routing, featuring nine holes from each of the club’s two courses. The composite course measures 7,308 yards, and will play to par 71.

Tokyo’s winning bid document allocated US$10 million for course preparation work, but it is not yet clear how much of this will need to be spent on renovations, as opposed to tournament-specific works such as the erection of grandstands. But respected Japanese golf commentator Masa Nishijima told GCA he expected the course would be renovated in advance of the Games.