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2018GG国際大会 Deadline Approaching Fast!

2018.03.13 (Tue)


Just a reminder that the deadline to register for the 2018 Yurihama International Ground Golf Open is approaching fast! If you have not already signed up, be sure to send in your application to the International GG Open Executive Committee (see contact information below) by Friday, March 30, 2018.

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International GG Open Executive Committee
〒682-0723 Tottori-ken, Tohaku-gun, Yurihama-chō, Hisadome 19-1
E-mail:                  TEL: 0858-35-5368



国際GG大会2017 報告

2017.12.19 (Tue)


Yurihama’s 3rd annual International Ground Golf Open was successfully held last month at Shiokaze no Oka in the Tomari district of Yurihama. Over 100 ground golf enthusiasts hailing from 11 countries across the globe gathered together with players from, or currently living in, Japan for a weekend of ground golf, international exchange, and fun.

GG大会08A special welcome reception and social mixer was held for the GG Open participants on 19 October 2017 (Thursday), at the Suimeiso Hotel in Yurihama, where those who had participated in previous tournaments met up with old friends, first-time participants made new acquaintances, and everyone enjoyed

The ground golf open kicked off the next day with an opening ceremony, with remarks from the event chairman and mayor of Yurihama, Mr. Masamichi Miyawaki, and head of the Japan Ground Golf Association, Mr. Kazuo Sonoyama. During their breaks in-between rounds, players were also able to enjoy a free matcha green tea service, tonjiru soup (made with pork and vegetables), and the beautiful view from atop the hill.

Gameplay was followed by a small forum where representatives from Korea, China, Taiwan, France, Spain, Poland, and Mongolia met to discuss the creation of an international organization, issues regarding access to equipment across the globe, and upcoming tournaments and events.

For the first time this year, the tournament was held across two days, with participants completing 4 courses (8 holes each). Although there was some cloudy and lightly rainy weather on Day 2 of the tournament, players were able to enjoy gameplay while making connections with the other participants, as well as a raffle following the awards ceremony.




2017.06.07 (Wed)



Venue:         Shiokaze no Oka Tomari
1313 Tomari, Yurihama-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori-ken

Registration Deadline: GGPR3
Registration Fee: 1,000 yen per person
(Special price for exchange students and foreigners living in Japan! Includes lunch for both days and commemorative goods)


  1. Free shuttle bus service available from Tottori Station, Central Tottori General Office (in front of TPIEF’s Kurayoshi office), or Yonago Station.
  2. Rental clubs and balls will be available for use at no extra charge.
  3. Gameplay will follow the rules set forth by the Japan Ground Golf Association.
  4. The event will still be held in the event of rain; however, the event is subject to change in the event of severe weather.
  5. There will be an optional welcome reception held on Thursday, October 19, 2017, before the tournament begins. This is free for all participants to attend.

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Inquiries & Applications:

International GG Open Executive Committee
〒682-0723 Tottori-ken, Tohaku-gun, Yurihama-cho, Hisadome 19-1
E-mail:               TEL: 0858-35-5368
– OR –
Yurihama Coordinator for International Relations – Julianna Keleher
E-mail:           TEL: 0858-35-5311



2017.05.24 (Wed)


GG2In March 2017, small delegation from Yurihama met with a representative from the Japan-Hawaii Ground Golf Association, based in Honolulu (Oahu, HI). The groups discussed the future of ground golf and how to further promote the game, especially internationally. As the home of ground golf, Yurihama was excited to hear that the health, social, and recreational benefits were being enjoyed in Hawaii as well.

Mayor Miyawaki also promoted this year’s Yurihama International Ground Golf Open, to be held October 20-21, 2017, at Yurihama’s dedicated ground golf course Shiokaze no Oka Tomari, as well as the 2021 Kansai World Masters Games.



2016湯梨浜町GG国際交流大会 報告

2016.11.04 (Fri)




A special welcome reception and social mixer was held for the GG open participants on 1 October 2016 (Saturday), at the Suimeiso Hotel in Yurihama, following a productive meeting of representatives regarding the further internationalization and promotion of the sport.

The ground golf open kicked off the next day with an opening ceremony, with remarks from the event chairman and mayor of Yurihama, Mr. Masamichi Miyawaki, honorary event chairman and governor of Tottori Prefecture, Mr. Shinji Hirai, and head of thggpic1e Japan Ground Golf Association, Mr. Kazuo Sonoyama.

Blessed with perfect weather, players were able to enjoy a full day of ground golf. Many participants commented on how it was a fantastic game for building relationships and enjoying the outdoors with friends.




2015 Yurihama International Friendship GG Open was on Sunday!

2015.11.05 (Thu)

The second annual Yurihama International Friendship Ground Golf Open was held on Sunday, November 1st, at the birthplace of ground golf, Yurihama’s own Shiokaze no Oka Tomari. With a large turnout of both foreigners currently residing in Japan as well as ground golf enthusiasts who came all the way from Taiwan, Shanghai, Hebei, Korea, and even Spain, this year’s event had an especially international flavor. Players enjoyed a full day of ground golf and were welcomed by an array of special guests including Tottori Governor Shinji Hirai, Tottori Prefectural Assembly Member Tamotsu Itō, Yurihama Mayor Masamichi Miyawaki, and Director-General of the Central Tottori General Office Shinichi Nishiyama.

Ground golf has come to be a well-loved sport by many over the 33 years since its creation. Its simple rules and setup allow it to be enjoyed whenever, wherever, and by whomever, making it an ideal sport for not only the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and lifelong sports, but also for encouraging friendship and communication between players, regardless of age, gender, religion, or nationality.




Ground Golf 。★。 グラウンド・ゴルフ

2015.10.21 (Wed)


Ground golf was invented in 1982 by the former village of Tomari’s (now part of Yurihama) Board of Education as a part of an initiative to promote lifelong sports. As it doesn’t require a high level of skill and the rules are extremely simple, anyone can quickly catch on and take part. Yurihama’s Birthplace of Ground Golf Open is held each year at Shiokaze no Oka Tomari, which is filled with many participants from all across Japan.