Greenkeeper Danny Van Haren repairing car damage to the third green at Urunga Golf Course.
Greenkeeper Danny Van Haren repairing car damage to the third green at Urunga Golf Course. Bruce Thomas

Car hoons ruin golf course

CAR hoons are making life hell for greenkeepers and golfers at Urunga Golf and Sports Club.

In the latest act of vandalism, louts sped onto the golf course overnight on Wednesday and tore up the third green, leaving behind unsightly skid marks.

They also drove over the 13th tee for good measure as they left.

Greenkeeper Danny Van Haren discovered the disgraceful damage when he began his mowing rounds early yesterday.

“This sort of thing has been going on since Christmas I guess and that’s when it’s been getting worse,” said Mr Van Haren.

“Another time we had someone doing donuts on the second fairway.”

Greens staff will now have to undertake plenty of top-dressing to repair the green and restore it to its former glory.

While the damage bill is yet to be finalised, club officials concede it will take some time for the green to be rehabilitated during the cooler months when the grass will take longer to grow.

The staff worked furiously yesterday morning to make the green playable.

If you saw suspicious activity in the area between 3pm on Wednesday and 7.40am yesterday, or if you have any other information which you think can help with the investigation, you are urged to contact Urunga police on 6655 6244 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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