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Police renew appeal after Grantown Golf Club green and fairways damaged


By Gavin Musgrove

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Some of the damage to the fairways at Grantown Golf Club.
Some of the damage to the fairways at Grantown Golf Club.

Police have renewed an appeal for information after extensive damage was caused to Grantown Golf Club's course by vandals with a car.

The incident occurred some time between 4.30pm on Friday November 20 and 11am the next day.

PC Eric Craig said: “The driving across the green has caused extensive damage to the club which will take substantial time to repair.

"We are appealing to anyone who saw a vehicle in or around the area at that time, or that has dashcam footage, to please contact us."

Golf club officials said last week they were hugely disappointed such a thing can happen.

It appears the culprits were doing car donuts and the ground conditions were already very wet causing even more damage.

It is a bitter pill to swallow for the club as finances are tight – as they are at most other sports clubs – due to income falling because of the Covid lockdown.

Club captain Allan Thom told the Strathy: “We are very disappointed that in our community such a thing should happen. We are like many businesses this year that have struggled to keep costs down because we have little income and incidents like this do not help us.

“It makes this sort of behaviour all the more disturbing.

“It is really annoying. Our greenkeepers – we only have two – have both worked so hard all year round to keep our course in pristine condition for members and visitors alike.

“I’m really disappointed for them that this should happen.

“But the response to this incident has been heartening both from social media and the wider golfing fraternity.”

Information has been given to the police from a passing motorist who spotted the vandals on the course.

Mr Thom said: “They made a right mess between the 10th green and the 11th tee and then came up the green and damaged this with their car.

“They were lucky that they did not end up in a ditch as they came over a pedestrian bridge on the course and it is not very wide.”

Officials are now considering padlocking the main gate into the club during winter time to prevent a possible repeat of the vandalism.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident can contact Police on 101 or via the Police Scotland website.

Anonymous reports can be made to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



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