Police Hunt For Golf Vandals

Police Hunt For Golf Vandals: Police are investigating a case of vandalism on two greens at the Crookwell Golf Club.

The incident occurred sometime between 9pm on Friday, May 24 and 8.30am on Saturday, May 25.
Police Hunt For Golf Vandals

First and second hole greens were ripped up by vehicles which were deliberately driven across the golf course.

This is a blow for a volunteer workforce who maintain the course and its 200 members and visitors.

Golf Club treasurer Hal Rickard-Bell estimated that the lost revenue and repairs would amount to thousands.

“How many people does it put off?,” Mr Rikard-Bell asked.

“If you lost ten golfers a week that’s $500 a week, for a small club that’s a lot of knock-on effects.

“For a small business, $50 could be the difference between being a profitable day and a not profitable day.”

The damage was discovered by golf club members on Saturday morning after teeing off at 8am.

“They spun the wheels here [the first green] and drove off and then done circle work down at the second.”

“It’s happened before, but it’s been a long, long time since.”

Every Saturday a competition is held with up to 40 golfers in attendance.

“We touch on a fairly big part of the community in some way or another. There’s a lot of vested interest for a lot of people,” Mr Rikard-Bell said.

The greens director, Tim Reid, will work overtime to have the course ready for upcoming competitions.

“It’ll be a big job for them to solve the problem and have it playable.

“Is it going to be really, really bad in three weeks? I don’t know. It’ll probably be a bit bare.

“Twice a year we core the greens, it’ll take that time to get rid of it.”

Mr Rikard-Bell said the club would happily press charges. “If they’re on their watch list they’ll slip up somewhere, it’s not like they’re super smart.”

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