Banyan Tree Golf Course is the home course for all active duty Air Force and Army personnel and US government employees assigned to Kadena AB and Torii Station, as well as Air Force and Army retirees and families of the aforementioned. Taiyo Golf Course has been established as the home course for all active duty personnel and US government employees not assigned to Kadena or Torii Station, as well as Navy and Marine retirees and families of the aforementioned. As such, golfers receive first priority for weekend and holiday tee time assignments at their home course.
• All players must check in with the Pro Shop and Starter prior to play.
• Golfers with tee time reservations must check in with the Starter at least 15 minutes prior to their tee time.
• Individuals who fail to check in with the Starter may lose their tee time.
• Players must have a receipt with them at all times while on the golf course.
• Personal coolers and outside food or beverages are prohibited.
• Single riders in carts will be paired together by the Starter. Non-golfing riders must pay for their portion of the cart.
• Only 2 bags and 2 riders per cart.
• A valid driver’s license is required to operate golf carts. Each player on the course must have their own set of clubs.
• Children under the age of 6 are prohibited from being on the golf course for safety reasons.
• Children ages 6 -12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older at all times.
• Please stay on the cart path on all par 3s, and around all tee boxes and greens.
• The 90-degree rule is in effect on fairways unless otherwise posted on a daily basis.
• Pace of play is to keep up with the group ahead of you. Please play ready golf.
• On weekends and holidays, please do not take more than four strokes per hole over par.
Guest Play Policy
Guest play at the Banyan Tree and Chibana Golf Courses is very beneficial to Okinawa military/community public relations, and a constant effort is made to make our guests feel welcome by treating them with the utmost respect and courtesy.
Honorary Membership Policy
This instruction allows selected individuals, as referenced in USFJI 34-202, Use of USFJ Golf Course by Japanese Citizens Not Covered Under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), to utilize the Banyan Tree Golf Course. Members and authorized guests admitted under the provisions of this section do not require SOFA status, but may access Banyan Tree Golf Course under the terms of this section.
Honorary Members. 18 WC/CC will develop, approve and maintain a list of Japanese citizens who shall be granted honorary membership. This list will include those honorary members designated by the Commander, United States Forces Japan and be maintained by the Public Affairs Office.
POC for this policy is Mr. Phil Denham, Director of Golf.
Kadena Golf Complex Tee Time Policy and Guidelines
The following guidelines are provided to the 18th Force Support Squadron to carry out an equitable and reasonable policy for all of our patrons.
We provide our guests with the most up-to-date training equipment available as well as highly trained PGA professional instructors. The V1 Coaching System and FlightScope are some of the most technologically advanced tools in the golf training industry.
The FlightScope is state of the art measuring technology for projectiles in flight. Using a 3D Doppler tracking radar, the FlightScope is in a separate class from launch only monitors. It can track speeds accurately and measure distance within a few yards. Using ball speed, position and direction continuously along the ball’s flight path, our FlightScope analysis allows us to see what the ball is actually doing instead of estimating what it does. This allows us to analyze the player’s swing and fit them to the clubs that will work best for them. Call the Chibana Golf Course to schedule your appointment today.
PGA Professional Instruction
Individual lessons are available Tuesday through Saturday for adults and juniors (ages 18 & under). Individual lessons run in 30-minute increments. Lesson packages are also available.
$25 • Adult Individual Lesson (30 Min)
$20 • Junior Individual Lesson (30 Min)
$100 • Adult Individual Series (5 Lessons)
$75 • Junior Individual Series (5 Lessons)
Groups of up to six people can be accommodated.
30 minute lesson
One hour lesson
Five lesson package
$30 • Group Series (maximum 5 People, price per person)
Junior clinics are offered every summer with registration beginning in April and continuing through August. Detailed information concerning the Junior Clinics is available in the Banyan Tree Golf Club Pro Shop. No registration is needed and free loaner equipment is available.
PGA Professional with over 16 years of teaching experience.
Email • firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone • 080-3180-6181
If you’re looking to host a tournament, we’re here to help! Both golf courses are full-service facilities, and our pavilion areas are available to all tournaments conducted on our grounds.
We are also able to provide food service for your event. Requests for pavilion use and food service must be made at least one week in advance. All menu selections and quantities needed must be selected at this time.
The tournament POC is responsible for choosing the tournament format other aspects associated with the tournament.
It is our desire to assist you in any way to make your event as successful as possible. Here is some information to assist you in conducting a golf tournament.
Chosen by the host organization. If you’re wondering which style you should choose for your tournament, our staff can help!
The most popular format for morale enhancement or fundraising tournaments is a scramble. In a scramble format, each player on a team (2 to 4 players) hits a shot from the teeing ground. The best shot of the group is chosen and each player then hits from that spot (within one club length from the hole). The process is followed until the ball is holed and one score is recorded for the team.
In four-ball format, teams are comprised of two people. Each player plays his own ball through the hole and the best score of the two is recorded for the team.
Individual stroke play pits each player against every other player.
Incentive possibilities for additional fundraising
• Closest to the pin awards on par threes
• Longest drive competitions
• Selling of mulligans. (Provide players a “do over” on the shot of their choice.)
Scheduling a Tournament
Print out the Tournament Letter of Requirements and Request form: TournamentPackage.pdf
Fill out the Tournament Request Form and bring it to the golf course where our tournament
coordinator will meet with you to review dates available and then schedule your tournament.
The golf courses offer tournament packages, which include food, drinks and the use of the complex
pavilion. If catering is required, a minimum of seven days notice is required.
A copy of the tournament player list must be finalized and received by the golf course a minimum of
two days before the tournament date. Failure to provide this information may forfeit your event.
All tournament fees must be received by the golf course on the day of the tournament.
We highly recommend all players check in 45 minutes prior to the tournament start time. All
players must abide by the course rules laid out by the golf course.
Includes greens fee, cart, and tournament
$24 • E1 – E4
$30 • Other Active Duty / DOD Civilian
$56 • Guest (MLC/IHA)
$17 • Junior
We look forward to assisting you with your tournament. Feel free to contact the golf course staff at 966-7321 (Banyan Tree Golf Course) or 966-7327 (Chibana Golf Course) if you have any questions.
Procedures for Thunderstorm and Lightning Conditions
Signs indicating each status condition will be posted at the Pro Shop, the Starter Building, 1st tee, 10th tee, and on all Courtesy Patrol vehicles. It is at the discretion of the Director of Golf, the Assistant Manager, and/or Golf Course Superintendent to close the course because of heavy rains, even if thunderstorms or lightning are not a threat.
Thunderstorm/lightning threats are passed via telephone to the golf course from Risner Gym. When golf course staff identifies a dangerous situation and/or a direct telephone communication is made with the Weather Flight office at 634-3140, the Pro Shop and Courtesy Patrol will notify all golfers on the course and customers using other Kadena Golf Complex facilities and will take the appropriate action as follows:
When lightning is within 10 miles the status is a WATCH. All golfers on the course and practice facility customers are informed of the condition and that there is a danger at hand and that they are playing at their own risk.
When lightning is within 5 miles the status is a WARNING. All golfers on the course and practice facility customers are informed of the condition and that there is a serious danger at hand and that they must discontinue play and seek shelter immediately.
The 1st and 10th tee, driving range, and all practice facilities are closed.
Green fees will not be sold when a 5-mile warning is in effect.
When the Risner and/or Weather Flight officials announce that the condition of danger has reduced, the Pro Shop and Courtesy Patrol will notify customers of the change in condition and
the appropriate actions to be taken.
Procedures for Tropical Cyclone Conditions of Readiness (TCCOR or TC):
TC – 3
The golf course will stay open unless it is determined unplayable. Progress of the storm will be monitored and general clean-up will begin.
TC – 2
Same steps as TC-3. Director of Golf will call Command Post when all requirements for TC-2 have been met.
TC – 1
Depending upon the severity of the weather, the golf course may close at this time for the safety of its patrons. Otherwise, the progress of the storm will be monitored.
TC – 1C
Closure of the golf course is mandatory within 2 hours of TC-1C being announced. The Director of Golf notifies the Command Post when the course is secured.
The golf course remains closed through TC – 1E (Emergency) & TC – 1R (Recovery).
TC – SW (Storm Watch)
The Director of Golf and the Superintendent survey the course and report any damages to the Flight Chief. The Pro Shop will reopen. Depending upon the severity of the storm and damage done to the golf course, the course may remain closed for several days.