Astonishing images reveal ‘mindless attack’ on greens

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim November 17, 2014 12:02

A Berkshire golf club has published astonishing images of its vandalised greens and revealed that five of them were damaged in a ‘mindless attack’ recently.

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Newbury & Crookham Golf Club responded on social media to Golf Club Management’s story that two golf clubs had seen their greens attacked by chemicals this year, and tweeted: ‘We were vandalised too. No chemicals used, just mindless vandalism to five of our greens.’

The golf club posted pictures of two of its greens, showing the extraordinary extent of the damage done, which led to a large response from golfers.

Many expressed anger that the culprits could carry out such vandalism, and some were baffled as to why anyone would destroy the greens.

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Those connected to the club added that Newbury & Crookham’s greenkeepers did a ‘remarkable job’ turning the greens back to the pristine condition they were previously in, albeit it was an unnecessary waste of their time.

The highly regarded venue, at 141 years old, is one of the oldest inland clubs in England, but it has been an eventful couple of years. The course lost several trees during a storm at the start of 2014, and last year the club’s members approved plans to operate the golfing facilities at nearby Newbury Racecourse Golf Club, under a ten-year lease.

Newbury & Crookham’s Paul Wyatt said of the deal last year: “This is fantastic news for Newbury & Crookham and the golfing public of Newbury. As part of these plans, we will be creating a vastly improved nine-hole layout as well as excellent practice facilities in the centre of the racecourse.”

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Golf Club Management’s original story stated that at least two UK golf clubs have reported that one or more of their greens have suffered an attack by chemicals within the last 12 months.

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.

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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.

Follow Newbury & Crookham @Newburygolfclub

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim November 17, 2014 12:02
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