Sussex course hit by joyriding attacks

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 27, 2011 12:06

Sussex course hit by joyriding attacks

Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club in Sussex has been attacked by joyriders four times in the last month. The vandals have driven onto the course and left tyre marks on at least three different greens.

Its Old Course has seen damage done to its 9th, 13th and 17th greens, and due to the lack of autumn grass growth and recent rainfall, it is proving particularly difficult for the club’s greenkeepers to fix the problems.

Club secretary David Holmes said: “It’s extremely frustrating. The course staff work so hard to keep it in a fantastic condition, and this is happening almost on a weekly basis.

“They are doing doughnuts, where the back end of the car is spun round and round in circles, on the greens.

“In the summer this causes a bit of damage, but it’s a lot worse this time of year, especially with the recent rain.

“We can’t see any reason why someone would do this. It’s just mindless vandalism.

“There are various ditches that run across parts of the course, so anyone who is driving on the course at night is taking a huge risk. It’s difficult to put a price on it, but it will involve a number of our green staff working to repair it.”

He added that the offenders drove more than 500 yards across an area of heather that is not open to the public, in order to access one of the greens this week.

Member Nigel Manger added: “I think it’s dreadful that people feel they have to do it. It’s unnecessary vandalism and it’s far worse this time of year.

“It’s usually on the putting surface, which ruins the greens and spoils it for everyone else.”

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick October 27, 2011 12:06
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