Vandals tear up golf course in late night joy ride

Staff at Lone Wolf Golf Club are patching up the grass after a vandal took a joy ride through the course last weekend.

Greens Manager Perry De Almeida said a person was heard racing their dirt bike through the course around 3:10 a.m. June 12, ironically the same day the Northeast B.C. Crime Stoppers Golf Tournament was set to tee off at the course.

Most of the damage was contained to the putting green at hole number 11, said De Almeida, which was half closed to the tournament.

“Greens cost $60,000 to build nowadays,” he said.

“The upkeep on those greens is tremendous. That’s the lifeblood of the course.”

De Almeida estimates the damages to be between $2,000 to $3,000, but won’t know until the green is restored.

De Almeida lives on site at the course, and was awoken by the person on the dirt bike. He believes the culprit lives in town.

“There are lots of areas to ride dirt bikes around here, it’s a shame,” he said.

“It’s summertime, everybody wants to have fun. But, somebody has to pay for it sooner or later, and that’s us, unfortunately.”

The club was hit by vandals last August. According to reports, vandals used the green at hole number 4 as a “driving range,” making a patchwork of divots in the finely manicured grass and leaving behind broken glow sticks that the club says kills the grass.

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100.

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