Golf is booming in China!
This is confirmed by an increase in the number of players and golf course development of golf tourism in this part of the world.
The number of golf courses has tripled in less than one decade, and new urban low cost golf courses are built in city centers. There are more than 600 golf courses in China, and more than 60 around Beijing.
A study of Mastergolf International (a golf course design agency), says the construction of 600 new golf courses by 2030 is needed to meet the demand, so around 30 to build per year. (Opening one new course every 12 days) for 20 years.
Economic growth and rising middle classes explain the success of Golf in China.
In 2010, the middle class in China was made up of 52 million households. In 2015 it is estimated at over 98 million.
Nowadays, households turn to recreational activities like golf, and children practice this sport earlier. In China, this sport is seen as a game that teaches children important personal values.
Some schools offer free golf training to children. Moreover, in the way of the success of their children, some parents are now ready to spend $ 45 000 per year for private lessons.
The golfing legend Gary Player highlights the importance of the development of golf in this part of the world.
According to him, more and more major events will be added to the global calendar of golf in China.
We can wonder about a fifth major in the Asian region added to the current three U.S. majors and the British Open?
PGA Tour China is a China-based men's professional golf tour established in 2013 as part of the PGA Tour's global expansion.The previous China-based tour, the Omega China Tour, was created in 2005 to encourage the development of players who intended to move up to the Asian Tour or other major international tours, and also to help accelerate the development of golf in the People's Republic of China, following the sports reintroduction to the country in the 1980s, having been absent during the early communist era.
Launched by the China Golf Association in 2005, the tour began with four three-day tournaments, each with a minimum purse of US$100,000. This increased to six four-day tournaments in 2006, and then eight in 2007. It was initially planned to have ten tournaments in 2008, but this was not possible, and there were again eight events.China has hosted some big money European Tour sanctioned tournaments, but at the launch of the Omega China Tour, the executive vice-president of the China Golf Association Jiang Xiuyun commented, "The future for golf in China – the real, long-term future – is not paying large sums to bring the world's superstars to play here. It is creating our own stars". The Singapore-based World Sports Group was granted a five-year contract to organise the events. The Tour folded in 2009.The United States-based PGA Tour started a new PGA Tour China in 2014, joining the PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamérica as third-level tours. Similar to the Canadian and Latin American tours, the PGA Tour China will offer a path to the Web.com Tour for top finishers and offer Official World Golf Ranking points to the top six finishers.On January 29, 2014, PGA Tour China announced qualifying procedures and a 12-event season to begin in April. Two 72-hole qualifying tournaments will be played in March. Each event has 132 players and will award exactly 20 full-time Tour cards and conditional cards to the next 20 plus ties. In the event of a tie, a playoff will determine the 20th and final qualifying spot. For its inaugural season, PGA Tour China will give exemptions to the top 70 according to the China Golf Association rankings. Each regular season event will consist of either 144 or 156 players. After the 40 qualifiers and 70 from the rankings, the balance of the fields will be filled through sponsor exemptions, Monday qualifying, and high ranking players from the Web.com Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamerica, and PGA Tour Canada.
All events worth $200,000USD