Hokkaido has a variety of golf courses in a well-developed environment that can serve as the venue for various tournaments in which numerous international and domestic professional golfers participate. There are also links courses located in grassland areas along the coast and mountain courses with many ups and downs and a wide variety of course variations.
Most of the golf courses in Hokkaido use mebent greens, which are highly evergreen and have been introduced at major tournament sites. These snow-resistant Western grasses have thinner leaf tips than the Japanese grass (Korai Shiba) used in most golf courses in Honshu, and when putting on the green, the ball rolls easily with a light touch.
A variety of Western grasses are used on golf courses in Hokkaido. For greens, bentgrass is used, which has soft, fine, light green leaves and makes beautiful grass. For fairways, Kentucky bluegrass is a sturdy grass with wider leaves than bentgrass and is particularly resistant to trampling and mowing. In the rough, fescues and ryegrass are used.