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Golf Australia Express : July 2014
PRESIDENTIAL PUTTS FORMER US President Bill Clinton will join a couple of former heads of state when he receives the PGA Distinguished Service Award in August. Clinton will receive the award, which recognises leadership, sportsmanship, integrity and passion for golf, during the PGA Championship. Since finishing up in the top job, Clinton and his foundation, which aims to improve health around the world, have partnered with the PGA Tour, Humana and the Desert Classic Charities and the Humana Challenge. Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford are past recipients of the award. Around The Traps CHINESE COURSE CRACKDOWN CHINESE authorities have dug up three golf courses and closed two others since March to strike back at developers who have flouted the country's ban on the construction of new courses. Despite the decade- long ban, the number of golf courses in China has tripled to more than 600 since 2004, with developers calling their courses "tourist resorts", "environmental preserves" and "sports training facilities" on building applications in order to avoid detection. But several courses were bulldozed recently as authorities began taking back land and water resources, which are both at a premium in the world's most populated country. Asia Society managing editor Dan Washburn told Reuters that killing off a few course wouldn't stop new layouts continuing to spring up. "Crackdowns such as these, whether they be isolated occurrences or part of a larger coordinated effort, have happened with some regularity over the past decade and the number of golf courses in China has only continued to rise," he said.