Royal Dornoch slams "mindless" vandals after golf course fires

Police are calling for information following "deliberate" act of vandalism at famous Scottish golf course...

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 31 Mar 2020

Royal Dornoch Golf Club, one of the finest championship courses in Scotland, has criticised "mindless" vandalism after seeing its course damaged by deliberate fires on Saturday evening, according to the Press & Journal

The club's Twitter account described the act as a "travesty" with its doors currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Police are now asking for more information. If anyone has information that will assist the case, please dial 101 and quote the date and incident number NE 1256/20.

"We are hugely disappointed that, at this time when we all need to be looking after each other, mindless vandals choose to stretch our vital emergency services and therefore put other lives at risk," said the club.

"Last evening, Saturday March 28, fires were deliberately set in the whin bushes in the area of the 17th fairway and 18th tee of the Championship Course.

"Thanks to the quick thinking of local residents, the Dornoch Fire Service were called and the fires extinguished.

"However, just as the firefighters had returned to the station, more fires were started at the 18th tee and 16th green. This necessitated not only the Dornoch Fire Service returning, but their colleagues from Tain being called to help."

The incident comes a day after the 17th green at Oldmeldrum Golf Club in Aberdeenshire was left in tatters by joyrfiders.

Police claim the incident is said to have taken place on Thursday or Friday (March 26 and 27), and they are now encouraging anyone with information to come forward. 

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