Vandals stop competition at Furness GC3rd July, 2012 by Colin Victor
Furness Golf Club in Cumbria has been attacked by vandals.
The damage was so bad that more than 80 golfers who were due to participate in the Hampton Cup at the 140-year old county championship golf club were told that the competition had been called off.
At least 30 holes have been dug up on the course – in some cases up to two feet deep.
Club captain, Gary Radcliffe, 47, said: “It’s sickening. It looks like someone has done this with a garden fork and spade. They’ve ruined three greens, it will be the rest of the season before we get this right. We want people to come forward with information if they know anything or saw anything.”
Match chairman, Darren King, 43, added: “It’s given us a bad name. It’s mindless and idotic behaviour, Alick [MacKay, head greenkeeper] has said it’s expected to cost four figures and three to six months to put right. We are open and we will have our competitions and 140th anniversary celebration as normal. We will work around this.”
Club secretary, Roy Turner, said: “What makes it most frustrating is that Alick has worked so hard and has done a fantastic job. We can’t understand who we have alienated to warrant this damage. We have adult and junior members and visitors. All they are doing is punishing their friends and neighbours.”