From Pete Madden:

There have been periodic crackdowns in the past, but Dan Washburn, managing editor of the Asia Society and the author of a book about golf in China called The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream, said that course construction in China has come to an almost complete halt as the industry fears that this one could just be the beginning.
 
“It sure seems serious this time around,” Washburn told Golf.com. “I was just in Asia, and this was all anyone in the industry was talking about. The crackdown is indeed real — over dinner one night, I was shown photos of fairways with thousands of newly planted trees on them — and it appears to be far-reaching.”

Read the whole story, including where I say China is “an impossible country to figure out,” here.