In 1930, Captain Charles Hugh Alison travelled to Japan to design a course for Tokyo Golf Club. His partner, Harry Colt had been asked to carry out the design but he felt he was too old to travel so Alison went instead. The impact which his three month long visit had on Japanese golf was immeasurable. He carried out the design work for the new course requested for Tokyo, provided input to the course being built on the coast at Kawana, designed a second course at the same resort, advised at Kasumigaseki, the venue which will host the Olympics in 2020 but it is Hirono which he will most be remembered and revered for.
The course he routed (the layout plans and green plans have been preserved in the Club records) is regarded as one of the worldwide classics and the bunkering shown in the early photographs of the course is remarkable in its detail and naturalness of appearance.
The opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Charles Hugh Alison in travelling to Japan to provide input to a course which has meant so much to Japanese golf is a real landmark for Mackenzie & Ebert. The focus of the brief is to restore the old features of the course but also to make it a suitable challenge for the best golfers.