Built in Japan in 1995, TPC Mito (now Mito Kourakuen Country Club) was the very first Tournament Players Club (TPC) to be created overseas. As the PGA TOUR’s in-house architect, Bobby Weed oversaw TPC Mito’s design, on-site construction and course opening.
The TPC Network was established to provide the ultimate host venues for TOUR events – with services and amenities that met the highest standards of professional golf.
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PGA TOUR Design Services, 1995
With this particular site – and most in Japan – the difficulty is typically the severity of the ground.
Second, all property deemed as farmland cannot be used for golf.
Third, many individual parcels of land had to be assembled together, creating an arduous process of land acquisition for the club’s owners.
TPC Mito created numerous topographic challenges that had to be overcome in both the routing and construction process.
Notably, the landscape was extremely steep and uncompromising. This made walkthroughs of the initial site nearly impossible.
Additionally, the costs associated with the construction on such a challenging site were almost incomprehensible. At one point during construction, there were over 60 excavators on the job site.
As the first international Tournament Players Club, TPC Mito set the stage for the expansion of this respected network around the world.
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