Shut Down Of Golf Courses In China
The Ministry of Land and Resources in China shut down illegally built golf courses across the nation, and the numbers of such courses came to 66. Three of these courses were in Beijing. It is also expected that more closures can take place in the course of time, if they are found to be illegal. Well, this is not the first golf crackdown of China. In 1949, Mao Zedong destroyed the countries golf courses considering it to be a game of the bourgeois. However, today’s government has a separate reason to target the sport.
Well, the current crackdown seems to be an extension of the ongoing campaign of the president against extravagance from public officials. The media reported that an official of Ministry of Commerce was under investigation on the same day of the closure. The official is said to have played golf. However, on the other hand, it is also said that the closure is an attempt to control the real estate market of the country.
In fact, it is conflict not only between the developers and government, but also between the central and local governments. The closure of the golf courses is also considered to be on environmental grounds because golf courses can have negative impact on the local environment. This is not only in terms of water demand, but also in terms of chemicals and pesticides used to keep the courses green. Shutting more than 60 golf courses is undoubtedly a strong start, but at the same time, it leaves behind many lands frozen in different stages of development.