Vandals damage Denmark golf course

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Police are investigating extensive damage caused by chemicals to the Denmark Country Club, golf course, just shy of a major annual event.

The damage extends over the entire course with most of the greens damaged as well as words such as HA HA and obscene words sprayed out in the grass.

Acting Sergeant Amanda Ball said the damaged was reported to police earlier this week.

“We are thinking this occurred around the New Year time frame as it would have taken a couple of days for the grass to die out,” she said.

“It looks as if the people responsible have used a product like weed killer to spray large areas of the grass and sprayed almost every green the course has, at this stage no dollar value has been placed for the damage.”

Sgt Ball said it appears that the offenders used a golf cart to get around and spray the grass.

“We are really disappointed that this has occurred on a community facility, at a time when we are in peak tourist season and the golf course is gearing up for their major annual event, it is really sad to see,” she said.

“The damage will only increase as the days go by and more grass dies off so at this stage we are appealing for any information from the public,’ she said.

Denmark Country Club, operations manager Graham Buckland said it was disgusting behaviour.

“I think it is absolutely disgusting and appalling that someone has done this,” he said.

“We are very disappointed and it is such a waste of time and effort to fix the damage, and it’s terrible that the people responsible know the course and have been here before.”

“It’s just very disappointing that someone thinks this is an appropriate action because it’s not.”

Mr Buckland said he hopes to have most of the damage cleared up before the clubs major annual event, the Denmark Summer classic.

“The three day event is in February and we are expecting almost 75 percent of players to be visitors, so it’s a very big weekend for Denmark,” he said.

“We will be working very hard to make sure the course is presentable.”

Mr Buckland said he urges the public to come forward to police with any information.

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