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Magnificent seven

In recent decades, the golf fever that took hold in China, Japan and South Korea kept most of the talk in golfing circles focused on those countries. But with China enforcing a years-long moratorium on golf course construction (Hainan excepted), and the markets virtually saturated in South Korea and Japan, the way was clear for other Asia-Pacific countries to come to the fore. Now imaginative course designs in exotic locales farther afield are drawing golfers from all over the world.