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Golf in China


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Some facts on Golf in China

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Golf in China

  1. 1. Golf in China
  2. 2. <ul><li>China's first golf course was built in 1984 and although around 500 more have sprung up since, a six-year-old government ban on new development has slowed growth. </li></ul><ul><li>The United States, by contrast, has around 18,000 courses, while Europe has an estimated 6,000, leading some to question whether the facilities exist to support a boom in Chinese golf. </li></ul><ul><li>The existing 500 courses are enough for the basic development of golf. </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>No matter how many course there are 500, 1,000 or 10,000 it is a sport of players. We are also taking alternate measures, such as building driving ranges in public green spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>Last year's decision to add golf to the Olympic program from 2014 has helped rekindle interest in developing the sport, its inclusion seen as a key factor in the allocation of resources by the state-run sport system. </li></ul>
  4. 6. <ul><li>Playing is still, however, prohibitively expensive for all but the richest Chinese joining a club cost an average of $53,000 in 2008, according to a KPMG report. </li></ul><ul><li>CGA struggle to popularise the game among China's 1.3 billion people an uphill task, and their youth development strategy all the more important. </li></ul><ul><li>The CGA has not been slow to enlist the support of the wealthy clubs, foreign golf tours and sponsors who have flocked to China in recent years, including Europe's biggest bank HSBC, whose $7 million Champions tournament is the richest in Asia, and the golf World Cup, played at Mission Hills. </li></ul>
  5. 8. Facts <ul><li>China's small number of courses were dug up in the Cultural Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>First modern course built in 1984 in Zhongshan </li></ul><ul><li>Now more than 300 courses </li></ul><ul><li>Number of golfers at between 1 million and 3 million </li></ul><ul><li>By 2020 predicted to be 20 million players in China </li></ul><ul><li>90 percent of golf club heads in the world are produced in China </li></ul>
  6. 10. MISSION HILLS SHENZHEN <ul><li>Founded in 1992 </li></ul><ul><li>Plugged into China's economic growth and interest in golf </li></ul><ul><li>Located in southern China between Shenzhen and Dongguan </li></ul><ul><li>Thirty minutes from Hong Kong </li></ul><ul><li>First course designed by Jack Nicklaus </li></ul><ul><li>All courses designed by golf legends </li></ul><ul><li>Courses 11 and 12 completed in 2007 </li></ul>
  7. 12. <ul><li>Sources: </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Business News </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>