CNN’s Living Golf program posted a series of stories about golf in China earlier this month. For the most part, they did a fine job and offer the viewer a decent overview of what’s going on here — or as much of an overview as you could expect in around 15 minutes. Sure there is […]
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 […]
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 […]
Why did Beijing bulldoze a tournament golf course?
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 […]
Green lawns and sand traps are now replacing ancient villages and tropical forests on Hainan Island. Necessary development? Or something else?
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.
The Wall Street Journal interviewed me for their story “Beijing Pulls Out Its Driver.”