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AN ACUTE shortage of water, say Beijing officials, is one important reason for limiting the city's growth. Rarely in recent memory has water scarcity been so apparent as this winter, which saw 108 dry days before snowfall on February 9th—the latest to arrive in 60 years. When it comes to water-hungry Beijing golf courses, however, a blind eye is turned. Being Golf has been a favoured sport of the elite since the 1980s, when Zhao Ziyang, then Communist Party chief, played at one of the city's first clubs. To make the pursuit more palatable to xenophobes, the state media ran stories brazenly claiming that the game was invented in China hundreds of years before the Scots had ever heard of it.

By 2004, the Beijing golf course craze was getting embarrassing. Not just in the capital, perennially afflicted by drought, but nationwide a profusion of golf courses was eating up scarce farmland. The government banned the building of new courses. Beijing already boasted 38, but they appear to have been far from enough to satisfy demand. In January Southern Weekend reported that construction in the capital, as elsewhere, defiantly continues apace. The newspaper said that telephone directories alone showed the existence of more than 60 courses in Beijing; other materials suggest 73. A recent aerial survey by the government confirmed 170 golfing establishments (including driving ranges), of which at least 70 were illegal. Developers appear to have got away with it simply by not calling them golf courses.

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Only one of the some 20 golf courses in Beijing has been developed legally, a member of the law committee in China's parliament said. Amid concerns about land grabs of prime farming land, China's government put a moratorium on the development of new golf courses in 2004 and reinforced the ban last year. Development has continued, however, and the China Golf Association (CGA) puts the number of courses on the mainland at around 500, mainly clustered around the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

"There are many golf courses in Beijing, but only the one close to the Ming Tombs has been legally approved," Sun Anmin, deputy director of the National People's Congress (NPC) law committee, told Monday's Beijing Youth Daily. The Beijing International Golf Club, which borders the Ming Tombs reservoir, was the first course built in Beijing in 1986. The 19 other courses in Beijing include the sumptuous Jack Nicklaus-designed Pine Valley as well as championship courses, the Beijing Honghua and the CBD International, which have both hosted the European Tour sanctioned China Open in recent years.

Sun suggested the developments be given legal status retroactively, saying that golf courses helped China's economy by providing employment and green spaces in urban areas helped improve the environment. CGA Vice President Wang Liwei told Reuters last week that he backed the ban on developing good farmland but thought that courses might be legally built on wasteland in the future.