2020 Tokyo Olympics eye Kasumigaseki for golf

Players on the driving range ahead of the 2010 Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe City, Japan.

Tokyo's winning bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics includes the selection of Kasumigaseki Country Club, northwest of the city, as the intended host if golf is part of the games.

Kasumigaseki, a 36-hole facility, played host to the 2010 Asian Amateur won by Hideki Matsuyama on its West Course. In 1957 it hosted the World Cup (then known as the Canada Cup) on its East Course as Torakichi Nakamura and Koichi Ono of Japan claimed the title over Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead of the U.S. Kasumigaseki also has hosted the Japan Open four times and the Japan Women's Open once, according to the club's website.

The East Course opened in 1929 and was redesigned the next year by Charles H. Alison, a disciple of Harry Colt's who incorporated 129 bunkers into the layout. The West Course was designed by Seiichi Inoue.

Set in the hilly, green Musashino region about an hour from Tokyo, Kasumigaseki is a private club.

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