The Chinese government associates the game of golf with elitism and corruption. China has been shutting down golf courses all around the nation for no apparent reason. Interestingly, golf has been expanding in China, and the nation is home to many high profile tournaments. Although China has been shutting golf courses down, it hasn’t stopped notable professionals like Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson from visiting China for golf related purposes. USA Today reported that Tiger Woods was paid $16.5 million to simply redesign a Chinese course.
It was said that “The Communist Party banned golf and ripped up courses in the 1950s, but players teed off again in the 1980s as China opened its economy and society to capitalist ways” (usatoday.com). However, it now seems like the government is currently leaning back towards their 1950s views on the game. It is unfortunate that a government would go to such lengths just to prevent their citizens from playing a game for fun. Yes, some sports have different images than others, but just because you play golf doesn’t meant that you are elitist or corrupt.