in a hopeless manner — used especially as an intensifier <the formerly despised and hopelessly middle-class game of golf — Ejner Jensen>
[M-W's Col. Dic.]

I couldn't understand the bold part of the above definition.
It is an example of usage, Jackson. Previously, golf was denigrated as solely a middle-class sport in China.
Well, I believe Chinese were right. It is a silly game. Anyway, thank you.