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The global growth of golf

On 29th January play at the Dubai Desert Classic Golf Tournament was halted when fog descended on the course. Fog in Dubai seems extraordinary enough—a premonition, perhaps, of climatic changes to come—but fog on a golf course, during a major championship in the Persian Gulf? This moment was a pro-duct of an explosive period of growth for a sport that is still often perceived in the narrow frame of the Anglo-American country club.

At the peak of the golf boom in 2006, the US golf industry was worth $225bn. In Europe, the middle east and…

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