Varadero golf club currently has the only 18-hole course in Cuba
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Cuba gives go-ahead for new golf resort

18 May 2013 Last updated at 18:11 BST

Five decades after Fidel Castro ordered Cuba's golf courses to be closed down because he considered them "elitist", the island's communist government has approved the construction of a luxury golf resort, complete with an 18-hole course.

The $350m (£227m) Carbonera Club proposed by British firm Esencia is the first of a dozen similar initiatives that have long been under consideration.

The move is a sign of the changing times as the government seeks new revenue sources to fund its socialist revolution.

Sarah Rainsford reports.