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Chinese plan for arctic golf baffles Iceland


Struggling to stand upright against a howling wind, Bragi Benediktsson looked out over his family’s land — a barren expanse of snow and ice that a Chinese billionaire wants to turn into a golf course — and laughed. “Golf here is difficult," said Benediktsson, a 75-year-old sheep farmer.

It was 11 a.m. and a pale sun had only just crawled sluggishly into the sky. The snow, which began falling last September, will probably continue until May. Even for Icelanders accustomed to harsh weather and isolation, Grimsstadir is a particularly desolate spot.

Thanks to a poetry-loving Chinese tycoon with a thing for snow, however, i...