Hong Kong’s elite golf course becomes development battleground amid housing crisis

For more than a century, its pristine lawns have been the playground of British aristocrats and Chinese businessmen with leisure time to burn. 

Now the Fanling golf course has become a battleground as Hong Kong’s golfing community face off against a government struggling to manage the island city’s spiraling housing crisis. 

Less than three miles from the Shenzhen border and boasting a publicly-accessible heritage garden, the 170-hectare home of the Hong Kong Golf Club it is a picture of green serenity in a city with a reputation as a concrete jungle. 

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A housing shortage means many Hong Kong residents have to live in tiny "coffin homes"

Jesús M. García/Solent News & Photo Agency

But Hong Kong is also home to some of the world’s most expensive property, and a spiraling housing squeeze has left low income citizens who have…

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