100 golf courses must close
BEIJING: The Chinese government has outlawed more than 100 golf courses around the country as it clamps down on illegal land and water use.
Of a total of 683 golf courses in China, 111 have been ordered to close since a crackdown was launched in 2011, according to the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planner.
China imposed a ban on the construction of new golf courses in 2004, when there were fewer than 200, to protect land and water resources. However, the number continued to rise as the sport gained popularity, especially in business and official circles. – Xinhua