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Just curious if anyone has any knowledge of how much (estimated dollars) it costs to maintain and operate a golf course in China. Such as the Sheshan International Golf Club. I was just curious as I was watching the tournament last night and was thinking it probably costs significantly less to maintain than a comparable course here. The course looks to be in awesome shape and they look to have a ton of staff around. Any thoughts?

 

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[quote name='mhk5000' timestamp='1288895258' post='2774441']
like everything else - it's probably cheaper. Cheap labor, fewer environmental restrictions, deflated Yuan etc etc. However, when it comes to Internationally televised events, the Chinese Govt is willing to spend as much as it takes to make China look great.
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A couple years ago my company established a couple factories in China, and I found unskilled labor for around $250/month. Many companies also provided housing and food for the workers, adding only another $75-100. While on one trip there I was amused to find, about 75 miles out of Bejing, a highway being extended using largely hand labor only. No graders, no big paving machines or anything. Just a group of a few hundred workers with shovels and a few dump trucks running back and forth to bring in road bed material and asphalt - the only road construction machine I saw at that site was a steamroller.

Based on this, I'd guess the hand labor costs are about 1/10 that in the US. Capital equipment costs are probably roughly equal, but likely less equipment used in China (since the low labor cost), so I'd guess roughly 3/4 the capital equipment investment cost. Factor in other materials like new turf, fertilizers, pesticides, etc. and my guess would be that overall maintenance costs for a course in China is roughly 1/4 to 1/3 that in the US. Pure speculation though (albeit slightly educated speculation).

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