Why a 'Rich Man’s Game' Is Catching on in China

Monday, July 14, 2014

Golf is catching on in China Golf is catching on in China (annais/flickr)

Statistically, zero percent of the Chinese population plays golf, which is known as the "rich man’s game" and is considered taboo. Yet China is in the midst of a golf boom — hundreds of new courses have opened in the past decade, despite it being illegal to build them. Dan Washburn charts the growing popularity of the sport in China and how it's shaping Chinese culture. He follows three men intimately involved in China's bizarre golf scene in The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream.


Dan Washburn

Comments [2]

Jo Coppola from Westchester County

Dear Leonard Lopate,

Are you aware of how prejudiced, bordenline racist you sound when you talk about Chinese people like you are today in this interview about the book about China's new interest in Golf? The Chnese people in China are not much different than the Chinese people here in NYC. It is also obvious that you toe the line of the official NY Times, liberal anti Chinese Communist party viewpoint. It would be better if you were objective and unbiased. Your questions also sound as if they were written 25 years ago and not currently. Have you ever been to China? They are real people, with real interests, even Communist Party members. Golf is an elitist sport from the West. It does waste lots of good real estate and has embraced racism and other types of prejudice here in the US of A for a long time.

Jul. 14 2014 01:58 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Golf is totally "bourgeois." It's emblematic of capitalism and even of the Scotsman Adam Smith himself. That's probably the main reason why there is such antipathy at official levels of the Communist Party. It means that capitalism has fully arrived in China and the Party hates to officially acknowledge it.

Jul. 14 2014 01:50 PM

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