Golf cour­ses sur­viv­ing van­dal­ism

The Standard Journal - - Commentary - By MELODY DAREING

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.

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