Sorry I’m a little late on this, but I am, ironically, on assignment in Hainan. Yesterday, the Asian Tour announced and then the AP followed with news that golf’s World Cup is changing homes, and in 2011 will move from Mission Hills in Shenzhen to the new Mission Hills mega-complex on Hainan. There will be […]

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Time to come up with a euphemism for “villa”

Earlier this week, Bloomberg ran a story entitled “China Tightens Land Purchase Rules, Bans Villas.” Here’s a snippet: China is requiring a down payment for land purchases equal to 50 percent of a plot’s price and prohibited the supply of land for villas as the government sought to increase affordable housing. … The Land Ministry […]

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Same as it ever was

From the New York Times: Pressing ahead with its clampdown on runaway economic growth, the Chinese Government has banned new golf courses and announced that work on some luxury hotels and villas will be halted even though they are already partly built. … The document said the Government would impose strict limits on the amount […]

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Why did Beijing bulldoze a tournament golf course?

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Photos: China’s ‘golf police’ destroy tournament course

Less than one week after Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources officials announced a crackdown on illegal land use, including golf courses, government inspectors arrived at King Valley Country Club in Zhejiang province’s Anji county. Less than one week after that, bulldozers showed up and started tearing up fairways on King Valley’s tournament golf course. […]

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Sorry for the silence of late — various assignments and deadlines demanded my attention. I’ve got a break in the action at the moment and wanted to pass along something that, although a couple months old now, I think is still worth a post. Less than a week after the release of my Financial Times […]

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Green lawns and sand traps are now replacing ancient villages and tropical forests on Hainan Island. Necessary development? Or something else?

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On the once-pristine tropical island of Hainan, the world’s biggest golf club is taking shape. Which is curious, given that few Chinese people and there is a ban on building courses.

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The Wall Street Journal interviewed me for their story “Beijing Pulls Out Its Driver.”

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Gary Player predicts Chinese golf “tsunami”

With golf now an Olympic sport (starting in 2016) it seems everyone has grand predictions about the game’s future in China, especially golf legends (see the Jack Nicklaus doozy in my recent piece on ESPN.com). Now it is Gary Player‘s turn. I wouldn’t put money on Player’s prediction coming true — the Rio Games are […]

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