Course dam­age

Club forced to close fair­way

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One hole of the Ber­ri­gan golf course has had to be closed fol­low­ing sense­less van­dal­ism at the weekend.

A ve­hi­cle was used to tear up the fair­way of the lush course’s first hole.

Ber­ri­gan Spor­ties Golf Club em­ployee Yas­mine Loomes said there was sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

She said the sense­less act had dev­as­tated the club’s vol­un­teers, who work tire­lessly to en­sure the course is immaculate for lo­cals and vis­i­tors.

‘‘We think it hap­pened late Satur­day night, and we have con­tacted po­lice,’’ she said.

‘‘Our green­keep­ers from Ba­rooga will have to start work on re­pair­ing the course straight away.

‘‘The work on the fair­ways are all done by vol­un­teers, so it’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing.

‘‘Un­til this is fixed, no one can play a full 18 holes on our course.’’

Ms Loomes said the cost of the dam­age was yet to be tal­lied, but she an­tic­i­pates it will be ex­pen­sive.

She said the club would need to pur­chase new ma­te­ri­als and pay for the labour to fix it.

Fol­low­ing the re­cent rain, in­clud­ing up to 30mm in the past week, Ms Loomes said the course was quite soft.

She said the tyre marks left in the fair­way show the ve­hi­cle in­volved came quite close to hit­ting a num­ber of trees.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact Ber­ri­gan Po­lice on 5885 2305.

A ve­hi­cle was driven on the Ber­ri­gan golf course at the weekend caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age.

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