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Golf in China

 
Golf is booming in China, already home to over 200 courses with another 100 currently under construction, and thousands of courses expected to open within the next decade.
 
20 years ago golf was banned in China for being associated with western colonialism and decadent bourgeoisie. The golf boom began after the Cultural Revolution in China, and started when Hong Kong golf players ran out of space and hired Arnold Palmer to design a course just across the border near Zhuhai, with several other courses to follow.
 
 
 
Currently golf in China is one of the country's fastest growing industries, with thousands of courses expected to open in the next decade. At present the majority of golf courses in China are found along the south-east coast and around Beijing. The epicenter of the growth is China's tropical island province of Hainan, which is being transformed into a tourist paradise, with golf playing a major role in this transformation. Between 100 and 300 courses are expected to be built here, among these the world's larges golf club with some 22 courses and covering an area nearly 1.5 times the size of Manhattan.

Opened in 1992 near Shenzhen, the Mission Hills Golf Club is China's only international-standard golf resort and the largest golf complex in the world. It covers 2,300 acres with ten courses and has a 500-room hotel, a country club with 51 tennis courts, fairway-side mansions, a clubhouse with an 800-square meter palace including a cascading waterfall, and Asia’s largest golf shop.

Generally, handicap cards are not required to play golf in mainland China, however they are required within Hong Kong and Macau. As the courses are fairly busy, it is advisable to book tee times well in advance, and a major requirement when playing is to keep up the speed of the play.

 

 

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