Chinese authorities have closed 66 golf courses that violated a rule implemented over 10 years ago which aimed at protecting arable land and saving water, cankaoxiaoxi.com reports.
The National Development and Reform Commission released a statement on its website yesterday afternoon saying that “Governments at all levels and relevant State Council organs have proactively carried out golf course rectification work and have achieved phased results.”
“At present, all levels of government have already banned the building of a series of illegal golf courses, and the rectification work has seen initial success,” it said.
Among the 66 golf courses closed, eight were in Shandong, six in Guangdong and three in Beijing, according to a list released by the group.
Hainan’s tourist-attracting golf courses, on which Morgan Freeman once played, are meant to be exempt from the crackdown, although a few appeared on the list.
The map of golf courses closed.
It’s reported that the central government last year ordered the closure of courses built by five lesser-known developers, marking the first time the 2004 ban had been enforced.
The ban was put in place to protect China’s ever-shrinking land and water resources, and because the use of fertilizer and pesticide for the courses’ grass was contributing to water pollution.
By Lucy Liu
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