Van­dals tar­get golf club greens in lat­est spree

Fair­ways ripped up and criss-crossed with tyre tracks at Letham Grange

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - JANET THOM­SON jath­om­[email protected]­

Mem­bers of Letham Grange Golf Club have once again been left count­ing the cost af­ter van­dals tore over the fair­ways in a late-night de­mo­li­tion spree.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing green­keep­ers found tyre marks cut­ting across the 17th fair­way and the win­ter tees in the sec­ond in­ci­dent of its kind over the last few months.

The golf club, once hailed “the Au­gusta of the north”, was also tar­geted by thieves, who made off with a buggy last month. A gen­er­a­tor and a drill were stolen and dam­age was caused to a wall which has had to be re­paired.

Club cap­tain Mal­colm Turner spoke of the frus­tra­tion and dis­ap­point­ment felt by green­keep­ers and mem­bers as they are left to re­pair the mess.

He urged neigh­bours or any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice. He said: “This is soul de­stroy­ing. “This lat­est case hap­pened ei­ther overnight on Satur­day or in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing.”

Mr Turner said it ap­peared the per­son re­spon­si­ble had driven on to the course near the back of the club­house.

He said: “It looks like one ve­hi­cle has come in and made its way down, over the tees.

“The driver then did ‘dough­nuts’ in the mid­dle of the fair­way, ran over the tem­po­rary win­ter green and drove out the main exit.

“It hap­pened just a few months ago, al­most in the same place.”

Mr Turner re­vealed the not-for-profit club was also tar­geted by thieves dur­ing a break-in last month.

He con­tin­ued: “We had a buggy stolen on that oc­ca­sion, which was val­ued at be­tween £1,300 and £2,000.

“We had con­trac­tors work­ing on the site and their gen­er­a­tor and a drill was taken.

“There was also ex­ten­sive dam­age to a wall.

“We run at the mo­ment as a not-for profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“We are strapped for cash at the best of times, we strug­gle to make ends meet and then we get this mind­less van­dal­ism.

“At the end of the day, the grass grows but this mind­less, con­tin­ued van­dal­ism re­ally is heart­break­ing for the green­keep­ers who have to try to re­pair this and main­tain the course.

“It’s so frus­trat­ing.”

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed of­fi­cers were aware of the week­end in­ci­dent.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact them on 101.

Pic­tures: Gareth Jen­nings.

Mem­ber Terry Milne from For­far plays round the tyre tracks yes­ter­day.

The club was also tar­geted by thieves last month.

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