Two golf clubs have greens attacked by chemicals

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim October 6, 2014 09:54

At least two UK golf clubs have reported that one or more of their greens have suffered an extraordinary attack by chemicals within the last 12 months.

Hirsel Golf Club's 7th green after the attack in August

Hirsel Golf Club’s 7th green after the attack in August

The unusual crime first took place last December when Boringdon Park Golf Club in Devon reported that a large vehicle used two knapsack sprays to spray several litres of a chemical weed killer on 14 of its 27 greens in the middle of the night.

More recently, Hirsel Golf Club in Beriwckshire contacted the police when it found that ‘some sort of liquid’ had been poured onto its 7th green.

“The club remains determined to continue to improve our golf course despite this shameful, mindless act of vandalism,” said a spokesman.

Back at Boringdon Park, owner Mike Davey offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction, but no-one has ever been charged with the attack.

Mr Davey told the Plymouth Herald: “Our members were great and got together to help us, and we invited them up for free drinks and pasties.

“It is very difficult to make temporary greens in the middle of winter when grass doesn’t grow, so we stayed on the dead greens until April, spraying them with green dye.

“We then went onto the new greens, though by the end of June they were getting hard and crispy and burning off.

“We re-seeded the original greens in April and they have been back in play since June; we also re-turfed some of the tees, and one has been re-seeded.”

The club, which is awaiting payment of an insurance claim, has also spent £6,000 on new infra-red CCTV, which works even in darkness.

Some of the cameras are placed prominently on high poles, while others are hidden.

The images are such high-definition that they would be acceptable as evidence in court.

Several golf clubs have reported vandals attacking their courses over the years, but this is often via youths on stolen buggies. Incidents of chemical attacks on greens are thought to be extremely rare.


Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim October 6, 2014 09:54
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