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ROUGH TIME: Outrage as Chorleywood golf course targeted by vandals 

 Published on: 18th February 2020   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Uncategorized

The community have been left outraged after vandals targeted Chorleywood golf course.

Every tee and green on the course were damaged between 7pm on Friday, February 7 and 8am the next day.

Pictures show the extent of the vandalism and the course was forced to be closed for four days whilst repair work took place but there are worries that it could take months for it to be back to its normal state.

Police are investigating the damage but at the time of going to print no arrests had been made.

Peter Rodwell, who is the secretary of the club, said: “It was a shock for the green staff who work hard all year round and put so many hours in to keep it in the best condition.

“It’s soul destroying but the damage has now been repaired and the course is now reopen.

“However, because of the time of year there is little to no growth in the grass, so it has made it much harder.

“We have had so much support and sympathy from the community, so we are really grateful for that.

“The police are investigating but so far they haven’t had any luck.”

Councillor Phil Williams has called the act of vandalism as ‘extremely bitter’.

He said: “I went out to walk the dog, like I do regularly, and I found the vandalism. Every hole on the course was ruined therefore the people who did it knew exactly what they were doing.

“I think some people must have an agenda against the club, this is the third time something like this has happened in as many months.

“The police have been contacted but it will be difficult for them to do anything about it, hopefully the publicity it has received this time around will stop any further incidents.”

The police have issued a statement on the incident, it read: “Police were contacted following an incident of criminal damage at Chorleywood Golf Club.

Between 7pm on February 7 and 8am on February 8, extensive damage was caused to all nine holes/putting greens, by digging up the grass and land.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact police quoting crime reference 41/11772/20.

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