Golf carts turned into beach buggies

THIEVES have left another Coffs Coast club's lucrative holiday season in doubt and this time it seems they had malicious fun doing it.

Half a dozen golf carts were stolen from the Woolgoolga RSL Golf Club on Wednesday night, with thieves smashing one into a tree, rolling another, and joyriding two more carts to Woolgoolga back beach.

One of the impromptu 'beach buggies' was even washed out to sea.

Golf Pro Wayne Armstrong said the loss of the golf carts will affect his January trade.

"It's peak holiday season and the carts go out regularly," Mr Armstrong said.

"This couldn't have happened at a worse time."

Woolgoolga Return Services club secretary manager Glenn Buckley called the act "mindless" and a strain on the Pro Shop's resources.

"This affects the tourist trade, especially those patrons who like to have a hit but can't walk the course," an angry Mr Buckley said.

"By cutting down the availability of the carts, this act precludes people from getting out here and this impacts on the Pro Shop's hip pocket."

Woolgoolga RSL is considering new security measures in light of the break-in and a simliar incident eighteen months ago.

There was no damage to the course.

Woolgoolga Police are investigating.

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