China has long held an adversarial relationship with golf. The latest move by its ruling Communist party — banning people from joining golf clubs — is an act of war against the sport.
“Obtaining, holding or using membership cards for gyms, clubs, golf clubs, or various other types of consumer cards, or entering private clubs” is now prohibited for Communist party members. If caught, members — totaling 88 million out of the country’s 1.3 billion population — will be punished or kicked out of the party.
This is far from China’s first assault on the game.