Why Play It? Built at the height of Japan's economic boom, this Jack Nicklaus course, 90 minutes from downtown, is among the nation's most exclusive.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good during the week, or on weekends for overnight hotel guests. Tee times must be reserved by fax (011-81-4-3929-3999) or online. As with many other courses in Japan, singles are discouraged, a strict dress code applies, and little or no English-speaking staff is available.
Peak Greens Fees: $110 to $193.
Contact: 856-2 Yanashiroji Yasurozawa, Chiba; www.giganet.net/kmcc/english/index.html
Sakawa Royal Golf Club
Why Play It? This private club is a two-hour train ride from downtown Tokyo and sits in the shadow of the world's most recognizable peak, Mount Fuji, affording views of Fuji-san from nearly every hole.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good, but only on weekdays.
Peak Greens Fees: $80.
Contact: 2-5 Kanda Surugada, Chiyoda-ku; 011-81-3-3291-0478
Whirlpool Golf Club
Why Play It? The immaculate conditioning showcases a wonderful riverside setting - the namesake whirlpool, after all, is Niagara Falls.
Your Chances of Getting on: Excellent in advance - starting in the spring, they take bookings for the entire season.
Peak Greens Fees: $60 to $69
Contact: 3351 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls; (905) 356-1140;, www.niagaraparksgolf.com
Why Play It? Steeped in golf lore, this course was Jack Nicklaus's first solo design, the site of the Canadian leg of Tiger Woods's 2000 Triple Crown achievement, and home to the Canadian Golf Association.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good, but the course is very popular.
Peak Greens Fees: $214.
Contact: 1333 Dorval Drive, Oakville; (905) 844-1811; www.glenabbey.com
Why Play It? This modern course by Thomas McBroom, Canada’s top contemporary designer, offers a rural escape in the suburbs.
Your Chances of Getting On: Good for the public; excellent for resort guests.
Peak Greens Fees: $73.
Contact: RR #1 Orangeville, Ontario; (519) 942-0754; www.hockley.com