At least 6 golf clubs report vandalism to their courses

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim March 8, 2016 11:46

At least six golf clubs have experienced extreme vandalism to their courses in the last few weeks.

Notts Golf Club has been hit by bikers twice in two months. In January, trespassing bikers rode onto the course and caused more than £6,000 of damage.

In March, the same incident happened again.

“It’s nowhere near as bad as it was last time but it’s just the inconvenience and fact they don’t seem to have any regard about trespassing on private property,” said secretary manager Martyn Bonner.

“The green has been repaired but is still not in use so there is obviously a loss of income.”

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Since the first incident the neighbourhood policing team have organised patrols around the course and warnings have been issued to individuals who have been seen riding motorbikes in an anti-social manner in the area.

Mr Bonner said: “The police have been really good, I must say. Since the last time they have been more visible, more active.”

He believes the bikers may use the course due to a lack of nearby facilities but does not think that is an excuse.

He said: “I don’t think there’s anything local that they can use but it just seems like they don’t care.”

Club captain Stewart England added: “The mess was unbelievable. It’s simply dreadful. It has taken us years and years and years to get the course to where it is now.”

A police spokesman said: “The Neighbourhood Policing Team has held weekly meetings with the golf club to assess the situation.”

Four golf clubs in Staffordshire have also seen acts of vandalism. This winter, Enville Golf Club, Penn Golf Club, Kingswinford Golf Centre and Swindon Golf Club were all broken into and buggies were driven around the courses, causing damage to the fairways and greens.

“Valuable equipment was wrecked and pristine greens and playing surfaces ripped up as the culprits went on the rampage at the picturesque courses in the Black Country,” said a spokesman.

And at the end of last year a joyrider busted out of a builders’ compound on a 16-tonne digger before ripping up the fairways and smashing down trees at Perdiswell Park Golf Club in Worcestershire.

The offender caused £2,500-worth of damage.

Worcester City Council, which owns the golf course, labelled the incident as a “disappointing act of vandalism”.

 

Rosemary Ayim
By Rosemary Ayim March 8, 2016 11:46
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  1. Mark Bradford March 11, 10:46

    I think golf clubs highlighting the damage to greens which we all know are the most important part of the course & the most expensive to repair is dangerous…keep comments low key so as not to attract attention!

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