Two golf courses attacked by vandals

By Alistair March 16, 2020 10:03 Updated

At least two golf courses have been attacked by vandals in recent weeks.

A nine-hole golf club north of London has had all its greens damaged. The attack was so severe that the club had to close for four days.

According to the Watford Observer, ‘most of the greens’ at Chorleywood Golf Club were ‘ripped up’ while damage was widespread and seen on fairways as well.

A police spokesman has said it was likely carried out by “some bitter person”.

Peter Rodwell, who is the secretary of the club, said greenkeepers found the damage.

He said: “A lot of work is needed to repair the course and work is still going on. It could take months to get the course back to its original state. All of us at the golf club are very upset that something like this has happened.”

He added: “The course is now playable and people are able to play their normal games, but people playing on the course are upset something like this has happened.

“We have had vandalism like this before, but not as this level.”

Three Rivers District Councillor for Chorleywood South and Maple Cross Phil Williams called the state of vandalism “disgusting”.

Meanwhile, the greenkeeping team at Salisbury and South Wilts Golf Club found muddy circular tracks through the third green.

A spokesperson said: “Greenkeepers have done their best to repair the damage but it will be a while before we can play on it again.”

Club member David Gell added: “It is saddening to think that some people take pleasure in this kind of vandalism and ruining other people’s pastime. But our fantastic greenkeepers are already hard at work to make the repairs.”


By Alistair March 16, 2020 10:03 Updated

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