As for green fees, they are the highest of any country with Chinese golfers paying on average US$161 to play an 18-hole weekend round, outstripping the average green fee in Dubai of US$152.
The World’s 7 Toughest Golf Courses Bethpage Black (New York, United States) Le Touesserok Golf Course (Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius) The Ocean Course ( Kiawah Island, South Carolina , United States) Carnoustie Golf Links (Dundee, Scotland) Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Club (Lijiang, Yunnan, China)
Golf originated in China , Ling asserts, and the earliest reference can be traced to the Nantang dynasty, five centuries before the parliamentary act the Scots cite.
According to Lagle, there is still quite a bit of debate among historians as to the origins of golf , but there is no doubt that the Scots cultivated the foundations of the modern game. “Early ball and stick games can be traced back to the 13th century,” Lagle told me.
Japan Has Half Of Asia’s Golf Courses, But The Game’s Popularity There Is Flagging : Parallels In the 1980s, Japan built thousands of golf courses and the game became baked into its business culture.
The majority of golf courses are concentrated in the wealthy or temperate eastern and southern provinces , such as Guangdong, Hainan and Yunnan. Big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen also boast many courses . China Highlights has listed for you golf courses considered to be the best in China .
The modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland. The 18-hole round was created at the Old Course at St Andrews in 1764. Golf’s first major, and the world’s oldest tournament in existence, is The Open Championship, also known as the British Open, which was first played in 1860 in Ayrshire, Scotland.
The study — titled “Golf Around The World” — said there are 34,011 golf courses in the world, 45 percent of which are in the United States. The current total of 15,372 courses in the U.S. is down from a peak of 16,052 following a “gradual, but steady, market correction,” the report said.
1,500 golf courses
1  ROYAL COUNTY DOWN G.C. (CHAMPIONSHIP) Newcastle, Northern Ireland. 2  TARA ITI G.C. Mangawhai, New Zealand. 3  MUIRFIELD . Gullane, Scotland. 4  ROYAL DORNOCH G.C. (CHAMPIONSHIP) Scotland. 5  ROYAL MELBOURNE G.C. (WEST) 6  THE OLD COURSE AT ST. 7  MORFONTAINE G.C. 8  ROYAL PORTRUSH G.C. (DUNLUCE)
Top 10 Golf Courses Pine Valley Golf Club . Clementon, New Jersey. Cypress Point Club . Pebble Beach, California. Muirfield Village Golf Club. Gullane, Scotland, United Kingdom. St. Andrews (Old Course) Pebble Beach Golf Links . Pebble Beach, California. Royal Melbourne Golf Club . Shinnecock Hills Golf Club . Augusta National Golf Club .