Sporting ground viciously damaged
ONE of Warwick's prized sporting grounds has been viciously damaged with about $6000 worth of golfing equipment also stolen.
Warwick Golf Course grounds superintendent Craig Cox was shocked to find the 17th green had been badgered when he arrived to work at 6am yesterday.
“How can you stop this destruction?” Mr Cox asked, with the vandal attack happening sometime Sunday night or yesterday morning.
“There is not a lot of brainpower in this kind of operation.”
The vandals wreaked havoc across the grounds breaking into the maintenance shed, a buggy shed and the junior golf shed where they stole $6000 worth of golf clubs then continued to destroy six greens across the course.
Mr Cox spends countless hours each day to keep the greens in immaculate condition for play.
“I am pretty disheartened hey,” Mr Cox told the Daily News yesterday.
“I am at a loss for words.”
Mr Cox said when the culprits were caught they should be responsible for helping repair the damage and “give back to society”.
“We have to have them (greens) up and running for the Wednesday competition – the next two days are going to be pretty busy,” he said.
Warwick Golf Course captain Stuart Wade said the damaged caused would cost several thousands of dollars – as well as time – to repair.
“It was on the coldest night as well – it was minus four degrees,” Mr Wade said.
“Makes you wonder doesn't it, most people would be in bed or in front of a fire.”
He said from his understanding it would have been a small person who could have squeezed through the security bars on a window as well as a larger person to cause the significant damage.
“This makes the whole committee absolutely disgusted, considering we spend so much money on the golf course and then they do this for no reason – it's disgusting,” Mr Wade said.
“We have got to stop this kind of thing – it is happening too much in the area.”
Mr Wade said vandals had made a nuisance of themselves across the course previously over the years, however it had been a long time since their last issue.
“I don't know why they pick on the golf course,” Mr Wade said.
Warwick Police Sergeant Shane Reid said Police Scenes of Crime officers attended the club yesterday and conducted a forensic examination.
“Police are continuing investigations and any information from the public is sought after by police,” Sgt Reid said.