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Kamo Country Club

Kizugawa-shi, Kyoto

The table below sets out a summary of selected information on Kamo Country Club.

Region Greater Osaka Region
Inaugural Year 1974
Acquisition by the Sponsor 2005
Number of holes 36 holes
Total area 1,206,331 m2
Attached facilities Practice area, 15 teeing grounds
Access 11 km from Keinawa Expressway Kizu Exit
Appraised value
(JPY million)*1
4,300
No of Visitors FY15/16 131,304
Revenue FY15/16
(JPY million)*2
1,153
Utilisation Rates FY15/16(%)*3 89.7

*1 Based on real estate appraisals as at 31 December 2015 conducted by the Independent Real Estate Appraisers.
*2 Revenue includes play fees (green fees and cart fees), caddy fees, restaurant charges, membership fees and other revenues from the golf course.
*3 Utilisation rate = Total no. of visitors per 18 holes/(Total operating days x 200 persons).

Location

The Kamo Country Club is located in Kizugawa-shi, Kyoto Prefecture. Located near the center of mainland Japan, the Kyoto Prefecture is located in the Greater Osaka Region, which is one of the three major metropolitan areas of Japan. The number of residents in the Kyoto Prefecture was 2.63 million as at the end of December 2012, and the total number of visitors to golf courses in the Kyoto Prefecture was 1.28 million for the period from March 2012 to February 2013. Located in the southern Kyoto Prefecture, Kizugawa-shi is approximately 11 kilometers from the Kizukawa Exit on the Keinawa Expressway and approximately 20 kilometers from the Horai Exit on the Daini Hanna Toll Road. The neighbouring area is seeing new residential development and is therefore one of the areas with large population growth in the Kyoto Prefecture.

Summary of the Kamo Country Club

The Kamo Country Club consists of the Higashi Course (18 holes) and the Nishi Course (18 holes). The Nishi Course requires a highly strategic approach with a strong emphasis on accuracy rather than distance. The Higashi Course features a flat course layout and wide fairways but with multiple hazards, such as bunkers, strategically placed to mirror an American-style golf course. These two different types of golf courses provide an opportunity to enjoy different styles of play.

Marketability as a Golf Course

The Kamo Country Club attracts visitors from a wide range of areas covering not only Kyoto but also Osaka and Nara prefectures, which are adjacent to Kyoto Prefecture. As it is located in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture, this golf course is an approximately 60-minute drive by car from Osaka and the Osaka Kitakawachi area, a commuter town in the Osaka metropolitan area, and a 15-minute drive by car from Nara. The golf course's proximity to the residential areas of the Greater Osaka Region provides a geographical advantage in broadening its visitor base. The annual number of visitors to this golf course was 112,000 (equivalent to approximately 56,000 on an 18-hole basis) in FY2013. Visitors from the Osaka Prefecture accounted for more than 50% of total visitors. The golf course's accessibility is among its key characteristics.

The Kamo Country Club had a membership of more than 4,700 as at the end of March 2013, and the ratio of member visitors to all visitors increased to approximately 31.3% in FY2013 from approximately 27.8% in FY2011. The combined number of visitors who are members themselves and are accompanied by members accounts for approximately 55.7%, contributing to a stable visitor flow.

This club has a large number of visitors due to its affordable green fee, targeted at casual golfers. In addition, the club has 36 holes and can therefore meet the demands for a large-scale competition. The annual number of visitors to this golf course for the past three years was approximately 91,000 to 112,000, an indication of its ability to attract visitors. Income from restaurants and shops has correspondingly increased as the club has attracted more visitors. To enhance its price competitiveness and differentiation from competing courses, the club engages in various efforts to increase the quality of its golf courses.