Members of Overtoun Bowling Club were left gutted when their greens were targeted by vandals.
The damage, which destroyed a new electric fence the club had built around the grounds, was described as “soul-destroying” by one member.
Police have appealed for witnesses.
Yobs have wrecked Ov er toun Park bowling club, just weeks before the new season is set to start at the club.
The damage, which destroyed a new electric fence the club had built around the grounds, was described as “souldestroying” by one member.
And the destruction could create even more problems for the club, as the fence had been put in place to stop foxes getting onto the greens and digging them up.
They’ll now be unable to prevent any animals getting in, as they won’t have the time to get the fencing back up before their opening day.
Club members Eddie Pickett and Allan Law discovered the damage last Friday when they went up to the club, on Overtoun Drive, to carry out some maintenance on the greens.
Eddie said: “It’s terrible - we had a electric fence around the green and they’ve broken all the wooden posts, smashed up all the security lights and ripped them off the wall.
“It’s just unadulterated vandalism - the fence cost about £ 500 and it took a couple of days to put into place.
“It’s all volunteers here, so we’re not going to have the time to get another fence built.
“It’s soul- destroying seeing it all.
“We were coming in to cut the grass and just to do maintenances on the greens - we’d previously been in there on the Tuesday and it was all looking perfect.
“It’s not kids who’ve got carried away who have done this. This is something that has taken a bit of effort to get as much damage done as possible.
“It’s like a bomb site and there’s just no point to it, so it’s mindless violence.”
The lack of fencing also means the club could continue to have problems with foxes damaging the bowling greens.
Eddie added: “We won’t be able to do anything with the fence, so if the foxes get in they could start digging up the greens again.”
Despite the damage, the club should be able to have its opening day as scheduled on DATE.
PC Laura Taylor, of the safer communities department, said: “Community policing officers are appealing for witnesses in relation to a vandalism which occurred at Overtoun Park Bowling Club between 4pm on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 and 9am on Friday, April 1, 2016. Damage was caused to the electric fencing, security lights, CCTV cameras, down pipers and the lock to a large storage unit. If you observed anyone acting suspiciously around the bowling club at these times, please contact Rutherglen Police Office on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
It’s just unadulterated vandalism - the fence cost £500 and it took a couple of days to put into place . . . Eddie Pickett
Way in Alan Law with the damaged fence, which was put up to keep foxes off the greens
Lights out Eleanor Lappin surveys the damage to a security camera, lights and also to the guttering
Damage Eddie Pickett with a broken post