Vietnam’s prime minister has approved a plan that envisions 89 golf courses throughout the country, far fewer than the 116 that had been planned in mid-2009 and well over 150 before that. Currently Vietnam has 19 golf courses in operation.
The new plan is part of a government effort to restrict golf course projects, which critics say threaten the country’s environment and food security. As a result, the government has withdrawn its approval of many projects that had yet to break ground. The approved projects will be limited to less than 13 acres and cannot be constructed on rice fields that yield two crops a year. Also, each course must meet water treatment and other infrastructure requirements.
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