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 […]
A visit to a construction site reveals a country where golf course building is both banned and booming — and where hope competes with fear every day.
Golf Course Architecture magazine recently published a 2,600-word quote-packed story by Adam Lawrence that gives a nice overview of the whys and hows of China’s current boom in golf course development. Of course, no one seems to agree on what it all means or where it is all headed. Here’s how the story starts: At […]
In the September 13 issue of Forbes Asia Ron Gluckman files a profile of the Chus — dubbed the “first family” of golf in China by the magazine for their massive resorts in Shenzhen and Hainan. Gluckman even managed to score an interview with patriarch David Chu, which I am told is no easy task. […]
“Green fury over China’s golfing Hawaii” looks at golf development on Hainan Island — especially massive Mission Hills — from an environmental angle.
Sorry for the silence here recently. I just got out from under a variety of deadlines, including my latest story for Golf World. That piece, like several of my recent efforts, features China’s Hainan Island, perhaps the busiest place in the world in terms of golf course construction. Coincidentally, I happened upon an episode of […]
At least according to this Bloomberg story: Mission Hills Group, owner of the world’s largest golf club, will boost investment sixfold in a golfing complex on China’s Hainan island as the nation’s economic rebound spurs a tourism and property boom. Mission Hills, based in Shenzhen, the southern city adjacent to Hong Kong, is to spend […]
I told you a PR offensive was forthcoming. Here’s the latest from the AFP: Movie stars Hugh Grant and Matthew McConaughey will headline a bevy of celebrities taking part in a new tournament in China that will offer the richest individual prize in Asian golf. The Hollywood A-listers will play in the pro-am at the […]
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 […]
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 […]