Wayne Ma reports: China has nearly 1.4 billion people, but at most perhaps three million golfers, Gilligan said. New golf-course construction has technically been banned since 2004, and the country has less than 500 courses—compared with more than 14,000 in the U.S. The sport has long been a symbol of Western excess in the minds […]

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Had a nice conversation with Hannah McBride at 60dB. Here’s the description: At Mar-a-lago this week, President Donald Trump hosts President Xi Jinping of China for the first time. Xi has led anti-corruption campaigns targeting golf as the sport of millionaires, but Trump’s made a sport of “golf diplomacy.” Author Dan Washburn on golf, China […]

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Benjamin Haas reports: For years golf was banned as a bourgeois indulgence, and more recently China’s 85 million Communist party members were forbidden from playing the sport amid a broad crackdown on corruption. The regulation was later lifted – as long as cadres hit the links at their own expense. In one notorious case, a […]

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Tripti Lahiri and Isabella Steger, reporting for Quartz: In his 2014 book on golf in China, The Forbidden Game, Dan Washburn chronicled how a 2004 ban on the construction of new golf courses was accompanied by the building of more golf courses than ever. “People unfamiliar with the way China works often express confusion as to […]

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Steven Jiang writes: Xi, an avid soccer fan, isn’t known to be a golfer — and he’s been waging a war on the sport in his country. Since he came to power nearly five years ago, Xi’s government has shut down scores of golf courses across China and effectively banned the 88 million members of […]

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My contribution to The New York Times‘ new “Sporting” column about my time chasing the bizarre story of golf in China: It was a foggy day in Chongqing, a metropolis in southwest China, and the driving range was almost empty. Out beyond the 250-yard marker, a cluster of new high-rise apartment buildings was barely visible, […]

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Catherine Kovach lumps me in with some pretty amazing company in Bustle: Of course, since this is reality, of course it’s possible for people who love sports and books at the same time. In fact, some stories about the sports industry can be even more complicated and fascinating than Game of Thrones (which is saying […]

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Tim Marcin writes in the International Business Times: “The question has always been: Will Olympic success in golf equal a golf boom in China?” said Dan Washburn, author of “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream.” “It was and remains a down time for the golf industry in China, but at the same time […]

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Larry Ong writes for Epoch Times: Dan Washburn, the leading authority on golf in China and author of “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream,” told the Washington Post: “As is common in China, the regulation’s language does seem vague, perhaps purposefully so.” “But the simple fact remains: No Chinese government official should be […]

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Adam Taylor writes in The Washington Post: Dan Washburn, perhaps the foremost Western expert on golf in China and author of “The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream,” says that the idea that golf has been made legal is a misinterpretation of the previous guidelines: Golf was never actually illegal in China for either […]

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