Golf courses surviving vandalism
Golf courses have endured the summer wrath of bored youth, but those managing the courses said it could be worse.
M.L. Langston of Cedar Valley Golf Course said kids are repeatedly stealing course flags off that course. He said the problem started immediately after school ended.
“We know it’s kids, but don’t know which kids,” Langston said.
He said flags are expensive to replace. A customized flag costs between $20 and $40 and the pole also costs about the same price. That’s an $80 to $90 hit every time one is stolen, he said.
Cedar Valley has tried to reduce its cost by going with cheaper flags, but it is still money out when kids decide to take or destroy one.
“It’s expensive over a period of time. We just have to stop it,” Langston said.
That’s why every incident has been reported to police.
Chuck Butler, of Cherokee Golf Course, said the cost to them is about $30 every time a flag is stolen. He said the club has been fortunate this summer to have no vandalism incidents.
He said there were times at other courses where he has worked where youth have destroyed a course by cutting doughnuts or racing in vehicles on the grass. Butler said replacing a flag is far better than spending $20,000 to repair damage from those types of incidents.