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China has ordered the closure of a sixth of the country’s golf courses since 2011, its top economic planner said, in an ongoing crackdown on a sport controversial for its links with wealthy elites. China’s ruling Communist Party has an ambivalent relationship with golf. Local authorities have profited from selling land for courses, but they are seen as venues for shady dealmaking between elites and politicians. Central authorities ordered a nationwide freeze on new golf courses in 2004, which was largely ignored.

Source: China orders more than 100 golf courses shut: govt | Daily Mail Online