China bans golf, moves corruption to tennis court

Another great day for golf in China. Be sure to pack your clubs and your oxygen bottle. (Getty Images)

Another great day for golf in China. Be sure to pack your clubs and your oxygen bottle. (Getty Images)

China’s communists once more have been implored to put down the gap wedge and pick up the sickle.

In the latest update of party discipline rules, the country’s Communist Party has banned all 88 million of its members from joining golf clubs.

The good news is there should be plenty of prime tee times available at the Beijing Orient Tianxing Country Club the next time you’re in the area, perhaps paying a visit to your old job.

According to the BBC, the ruling from on high states that party members are banned from “obtaining, holding or using membership cards for gyms, clubs, golf clubs, or various other types of consumer cards, or entering private clubs.”

Those found in violation could either receive a warning or be cast out of the party, the BBC reported. I’m guessing the lower your handicap the more severe the punishment.

More from the BBC: “Earlier this month, Lin Chunsong, a vice-mayor in the south-eastern Fujian province, was sacked for belonging to a golf club and playing golf while he should have been at work.”

If they applied that principle to every profession in the U.S., your vet would be doing all your colonoscopies.

Your starter highly recommends you pick up the pace of play. (Getty Images)

Your starter highly recommends you pick up the pace of play. (Getty Images)

There have been periodic golf purges in a country that has an uncomfortable time balancing its growing economic standing with the most capitalistic of games. While China announced a ban on building new courses in 2004, the number increased three fold in the last 11 years (to 600), the BBC said. A crackdown this spring closed more than 60 of the new courses.

So much for that new, revised Chinese saying: “A journey of a thousand miles begins from the gold tees.”

The hazards of golf in China are plentiful enough – sand, water, smog-induced emphysema – and now add the total disdain of all your comrades.

It seems the Communist Party finds golf elitist and exclusionary. It portrays the course as a place where shady business deals are hatched. And a waste of good land for the enjoyment of a very few.

OK, so the Chinese have a much better grasp on golf than perhaps we imagined.

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GaFarmBoy
GaFarmBoy

So does obuma now have to take up Ping-Pong?

W2XAB
W2XAB

Maybe the official sport of The Chinese Commy Party will become dualing at 10 paces.  This would be a quick solution to purging party members.

The Dogfather
The Dogfather

WHAT- first -playboy does away with the real good photos and now this-How UNAMERICAN-- I'm goin to the waffele house then to kentucky fried chicken  pick up my 12 pack get my stick's and head to the hill.  Heck -why dont  the Chines just outlaw FUN!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Ping Pong is dangerous!  There is a Coup talk behind every serve and volley.  Off with their heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Moneyball
Moneyball

Thanks for the heads up, Steve. I'm going to tell the wife that I need to get in as many rounds as possible before Bernie Sanders is elected POTUS. He's liable to think that his Chinese comrades are on to something.

GT71
GT71

That leaves only 972 million available to play the world's greatest game.

Poor Commies.  Perhaps this is when the defections begin in earnest.

Zapp
Zapp

Personally I think golf is a stupid sport, but that doesn't make me a Communist.  Now if they could get their 88M party members playing American football?!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

@Zapp  It is only a stupid sport if you play stupid.  My tee time is in 1 hour, gotta run  Time to take some money from my upper-class friends.  My partner today is a correctional officer and the 'Club Champion'.  We have to enter the course from the back gate and dress in our cars.

I agree, it does not make you a commie just a socialist.

Scotus
Scotus

"And a waste of good land for the enjoyment of a very few."


Clearly you aren't a golfer.

GT71
GT71

@Scotus There's a pretty wide leftist stripe up the back of ATL's journalistic group.  Same ol same ol.  Ignore self-defeating, wannabe narcissism.  Like everywhere, it's just a pollution of the gene pool.