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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 170
1 NIGHT $149PP TWIN SHARE 2 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $280PP 3 NIGHTS TWIN SHARE $349 PP ENJOY: Deluxe suite accomm Free wifi Free in-house movies Unlimited golf + cart for the duration of stay Daily buffet breakfast Day spa vouchers STAY& PLAY southern highlands (02) 4862 8600 gibraltarbowral.com.au While Chinese authorities banned the construction of golf courses in 2004 – for the age-old reasons that in a country starved for space, water and resources, they consider it elitist - hundreds of courses continue to flout those regulations by classifying themselves as anything but golf clubs. To counter, the government announced a fresh crackdown on courses in March, closing another 66 clubs in a move that, as always, is at stark odds with the cash and time ploughed into its major tournaments. Despite the openly hostile sentiment towards the game, China will this week again welcome 50 of the world’s top-ranked golfers for one of the year’s most important and lucrative competitions. In a strange kind of temporary truce, the authorities will seemingly look the other way as defending champion Bubba Watson and his PGA Tour cohorts do their thing around one of the PGA Tour’s most beautiful – and high- scoring – layouts. Guessing there won’t be any red arm bands among the patrons who dot the course over the four days. One man who’ll take his place in the field, albeit belatedly and in a very improbable fashion, is Ian Poulter. Poulter has played in all 10 HSBC Champions, but an 11th appearance looked like it would have to wait after he fell out of the world’s top 50 ranked players in recent weeks. Chinese President Xi Jinping has banned 88 million members of his Chinese Communist Party from playing golf, as he continues to have workers demolish illegal golf courses – such as the one pictured, right – throughout the country.
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