IT’S business as usual at Warrnambool Golf Club, despite vandals destroying the course’s third green on Sunday night.
Police are investigating the incident, which involved a car driving along the third fairway and doing burnouts on the green.
It is understood the vandalism occurred on Sunday night or in the early hours of yesterday morning, with witnesses encouraged to contact police. Club manager Trevor Brown praised the course staff, who managed to get a replacement green set up by 10am yesterday, causing minimal disruption to golfers.
“For the course supervisor, who prides himself on the presentation of the course … when something like this happens it cuts fairly deeply,” Mr Brown said.
While the vandalism was frustrating and would cost thousands of dollars to repair, the club manager said it was fortunate replacing the green would be covered by insurance.
Mr Brown said the temporary green would mean golf could continue as normal over the next month or so, as the original green is resown and repaired.
“Golfers are used to that sort of thing, where greens are partly out of play while works are done on them,” he said.
“Although this damage is out of the ordinary.”
Mr Brown said it was the first time in two years that a green had been vandalised.