There had been some prior "noise" about the issue but suddenly last week - it was announced this would actually happen. Golf courses are reputedly numbering around 693 in China, with many developed after 2004.
I saw it mentioned in Singapore media, where there is also some activity on this issue, with the Singapore government recently announcing [ early January 2017] resumption of golf courses near Jurong for new transport developments, to occur from 2018, hence their interest.
However, the Asian media more broadly quickly picked up on the Chinese moves with a number of articles appearing in on line searches.
The story goes somewhat like this -