A LATE-NIGHT rampage from destructive motorcycle vandals has left a popular northern suburbs golf course with up to $100,000 worth of damage to its greens.
Staff at Playford Lakes Golf Club, in Munno Para West, were alerted to the destruction on Saturday morning as they were preparing the course for the day’s play.
It’s believed two motorcyclists broke into the premises late on Friday night and did burnouts on the course’s fifth hole, while also inflicting minor damage to the green on hole number two.
The course, which was previously known as ‘North Lakes’ prior to a recent rebranding, is often frequented by golfers from the wider Gawler area and has been hit by vandals four times since Christmas.
Playford Lakes Golf Club greenkeeper Adam Mitchell said, while the damage hadn’t caused a disruption to the weekend’s play, it was still disappointing to see what the vandals had done to the course.
“I was pretty angry and pretty annoyed,” he said.
“Previous times we have seen minor damage, but nothing compared to this.
“Traffic along Stebonheath Road at night is very quiet, so being out here, away from all the housing, they can pretty much get away with doing what they wish.”
Belair Turf Management Golf operates the Playford Council-owned land and estimated the damage to be anywhere between $20,000 and $100,000.
Course director Simon Foord said the exact damage estimate is dependent on which way the club goes about rehabilitating the most severely damaged green.
“A lot of people put a lot of hard work into maintaining a golf course, and the golfers have a vested interest in it, so a lot of people get disappointed,” he said.
“If we have to rip up the whole green and re-lay all new grass, the grass has to come from interstate because it’s not commercially available here in South Australia.
“So, if we did that, we might be looking at a much higher figure.”
Playford Lakes Golf Club has already started to develop ways to increase the security of the course.
Police were immediately notified of the incident and were able to recover the motorcycles from a nearby paddock believed to have been used to cause the damage.
The bikes have been seized for forensic examination, and anyone with any information about the vandalism, or about the person/s seen on the golf course on Friday night, are urged to call Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000).