Golf course vandalised again
A golf club’s management and the police are calling for the community’s help after the course was vandalised at the weekend.
Greenkeepers at The Links Kennedy Bay arrived for work on Monday morning to discover parts of a carefully manicured green had been dug up, leaving holes and turf scattered around.
It is the third time this year the police have had a report that the club’s property has been damaged, but clubhouse manager Attila Hagymas said it had been happening more often and was now ‘‘beyond a joke’’.
‘‘It is one of the best courses in Australia yet it is continually being vandalised,’’ she said.
‘‘It is getting worse and worse. They snap the bunker rakes and use them to dig up the green. Why would anyone do that?’’
Doug Bailey, managing director of Prime Golf, which manages the course, called on nearby residents to help find the culprits.
‘‘This latest attack has been one in a long succession of vandalism over the last few months, which has got progressively worse over time,’’ he said.
‘‘It is a group of young people who are doing it and we are now asking local residents if they can be vigilant.’’
The golf course’s location, with no houses nearby, meant it was vulnerable to such events, said Sgt Steve Kent, based at Rockingham Police Station.
‘‘This sort of damage is quite expensive and very hard to repair,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s very important that residents nearby report anything suspicious they may have seen. The problem is that there are numerous access points to the golf course and not a lot of residential development nearby. It’s quite remote.’’
He recommended that the club consider installing CCTV cameras at the clubhouse and surrounding area as well as improving i t s boundary fencing.
While fencing remained an option, Mr Bailey said its openness was part of the course’s appeal.
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