China cracks down on illegal golf courses

It orders demolition of at least 5 courses built after a 2004 ban was imposed

[HONG KONG] All that remains of the long fairways and manicured greens at the 18-hole golf course on the outskirts of Beijing are bits of rubble and mounds of mud. In March, Chinese authorities sent in workers to dig up the course and tear down the clubhouse.

Two others across China were also demolished while another was turned into an eco-friendly park and a fifth converted into a tea plantation, suggesting that the government could finally be cracking down on developers who have long ignored a 2004 ban on building new golf courses.

The government, which announced the demolitions last month, said that its actions served as a warning and an attempt to educate "would be" violators. A few weeks later,...

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