About the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup

(2015 -           Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup)
(2010 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz Japan Cup)
(2008 - 2009 Daimler & Chrysler Cup)
(2003 - 2007 DaimlerChrysler Cup)

Bob Grondine (1952-2011)

Event History

The idea of a Europe-U.S. annual golf event was first raised in 2001 in discussions between Mr. Robert Grondine (former ACCJ President and Governor who sadly passed away in 2011), Mr. Richard Collasse (then EBC Chairman) and Mr. Erik Ullner (then EBC Vice-Chairman). The concept was to have an annual high-profile "Ryder Cup in Japan" to foster closer relations between US and European business leaders and companies in Japan.

In the spring of 2003 discussions were taken up again and a decision was made by the ACCJ and EBC to go ahead, and the first tournament held on 26 September 2003.

This is the 16th tournament. The European team won the first cup in 2003 and the again in 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The North American team won in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015.


The tournament is organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) and the European Business Council in Japan (EBC). While the CCCJ had participated from the very beginning, in 2012 it joined the ACCJ and EBC as one of the official organizers.

The joint Task Force supporting the event that the organizers have appointed consists of:

Team North America:
  • , ACCJ Special Events Co-Chair
  • , Senior Global Accounts Executive,
          ServiceNow (ACCJ)
  • , M.D., Alberta Japan Office (CCCJ)

  • Team Europe:
  • , EBC Executive Operating Board
  • , Hapag-Lloyd (Japan) K.K. (DIHKJ)
  • , FCCJ Executive Director

  • Title Sponsors and other Sponsors

    DaimlerChrysler Japan was the Title Sponsor of the tournament since its inauguration until 2007. The company DaimlerChrysler was dissolved in 2007 but Daimler Japan and Chrysler Japan decided to co-sponsor the event in 2008 and 2009. When Chrysler Japan withdrew at the start of 2010, Daimler Japan agreed to be the single title sponsor under the brand Mercedes-Benz Japan.

    In 2015 Cole Haan Japan LLC signed up as co-title sponsor and thus the title of the event is now Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup.

    We also welcome other sponsors and advertisers. To find out more about how to support the event, click here.

    Who can participate?

    The tournament is open to:
    1. Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) and their respective embassies (in combination representing Team North America), and
    2. Members of the European Chambers and other business organizations that are affiliated with the EBC and their respective embassies (in combination representing Team Europe).
    Sponsors are allowed to invite a reasonable number of guests, number depending on sponsor level. However, the member is responsible for payment of the registration fee.

    Guests (not invited by sponsors) will be accepted only if there are vacancies after the registration deadline, and then additional sponsors' guests and members' guests have priority.

    The Joint Chamber Task Force which organizes and conducts the event reserves the sole discretion to make all final decisions on applicant registration and participation in the event, regardless of Chamber affiliation.

    What is there to play for?

    Although this is a friendly tournament to be played in good spirit, it is also a serious competition. The winning team will hold the Mercedes-Benz - Cole Haan Cup until the next tournament. Note that the best 80% in each team will be counted in the team scores.

    Thanks to prize donations from the title sponsor, and from an expected number of other sponsors, we expect that no player will leave empty handed from this event. Top players by net and gross score, near pins and longest drive will receive prizes.

    Note that the most valuable prizes will be drawn among all participants to give everyone a chance to win some great products and services. The total value of the prizes exceeds 10 million yen!

    What is the cost?

    The participation fee is 24,700 yen, including play fee, caddie, lunch and drinks on the course and party after play, service and tax. Free bus for the first 40 to sign up.
    3,000 yen (non-refundable) is collected by the organizers as the registration fee and remaining 21,700 yen is paid to the club after play.
    The only possible additional costs are for breakfast before the start of the tournament and extra drinks not included in the prepared lunch and party menu.

    Also this year we will have an After-Party held on Thursday, 12 October at Mercedes-Benz Connection, which is free for the players and their significant other.

    Play system

    We use the New Peoria (shin-peria) handicap system whereby the golf club calculates handicaps on hidden holes and uses a formula to determine the actual handicap as follows:
  • The scoring computer picks six holes for the out & in course as hidden holes.
  • Total par scores for the 12 holes chosen are 48.
  • Maximum score for each hole is cut at double par + 1 (i.e. on a par 4 hole = 9)
  • The aggregate scores of the 12 chosen holes = "A"
  • Handicaps are then calculated as (A-48) x 1.2
  • Example: if you score 60 on the 12 hidden holes, your handicap will be 14.4 [(60-48)x1.2)]
  • The maximum handicap is set at 30 for men and 36 for women.

    The Shin Peria System is often used for tournaments in Japan when players do not have an official course handicap. It also provides all players with a fair method of calculating handicaps.

    Bus transportation (free for the first 45 players)

    Bus transportation to and back from the event is also provided. The bus will leave at 6:10 from the ACCJ and return to Tokyo after the event, leaving Atsugi at 17:30.

    Same as last year, the bus is free for the first 45 to register for the service..
    To register for the bus, please check the appropriate box when you sign up. If you are unsure if you have signed-up for the bus, check last column at your name in the participants' list.


    The organizing task-force has continued to work closely with the club to reduce costs, so all surplus from the event, including most of the cash sponsorship, will be donated to charity along with the presently established charity fundraising activities.
    More information about this will be provided our emails to registered players!

    Tentative schedule on the day of play

    06:10 Bus departs from ACCJ (for those who have reserved bus)
    06:45 Reception opens
    07:45 (at latest) Players should arrive at the club
    08.15 Briefing and photo shooting in front of club house (course side)
    08.30 Off to tees
    08.45 Tee-off (shotgun start from every hole so all have same tee-off time)
    - - - - - - - - -
    15.00 Play finished (estimate, can be later depending on weather)
    15.30 Party starts
    16.00 Prize ceremony starts
    17.15 Party closes
    17.30 Bus departs from the club (for those who have reserved bus)
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