New Zealand course ordered to close – because its members keep urinating on a neighbouring organic farm

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 15, 2011 10:21

New Zealand course ordered to close – because its members keep urinating on a neighbouring organic farm

A golf club in New Zealand has been ordered to close because balls from the course have landed on a neighbouring organic farm and golfers urinate on this, when they retrieve them, say the farm’s owners.

Brookfields Park Golf Club has been given just six weeks to remain open, after Organic Farm Company complained that balls were landing on its land – 20,000 since 2005. Its owners also said that golfers would then trespass onto the land to retrieve their balls, with some littering and urinating while doing so, and this could affect the farm’s organic rating.

The club has 140 members and employs five people. Its owners, Don and Kim Finlayson, bought the course in 2001 and have since spent over £100,000 upgrading the course to try to appease the farmers’ concerns – including shortening holes and improving fencing.

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir October 15, 2011 10:21
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