Walton Heath is one of the UK's most prestigious golf clubs, having hosted a number of events over the years, including the 1981 Ryder Cup where the USA smashed Europe and the 2018 British Masters that saw Eddie Pepperell win on home soil.
Unfortunately, the historic golf club in Surrey has been added to the list of golf clubs who have been hit by vandals during the coronavirus lockdown, after four motorcyclists were filmed wreaking havoc on the fairways and greens. Watch the incident in the video below.
Unfortunately, as you may have seen, Sunday at around 18.45, we were subjected to vandalism by motorcyclists on the course. This has been taken to the police who are investigating but if anyone has any info, please contact the club or @SurreyPolice. We thank you for your support pic.twitter.com/rRXumDsBRT— Walton Heath Golf Club (@waltonheath_gc) April 27, 2020
The incident, which occurred on Sunday, has been reported to the police and officials from Walton Heath took to Twitter to ask if anyone had any information.
"Unfortunately, as you may have seen, Sunday at around 18.45, we were subjected to vandalism by motorcyclists on the course. This has been taken to the police who are investigating but if anyone has any info, please contact the club or @SurreyPolice. We thank you for your support," the club said in a tweet.
Justin Rose tweeted his disgust in the incident, who has fond memories of Walton Heath, having hosted the British Masters in 2018: "Can't believe this."
With everyone meant to be at home during the coronavirus lockdown, it seems a number of people are not only ignoring the rules, but using this time to go out and purposely damage golf clubs and facilities.
Earlier this month, a local club in Inverness was broken into by vandals who smashed up lights on the driving range and damaged other equipment at the club.
Greenkeepers at Walton Heath GC worked on the damage Monday morning and also tweeted to show the damage the vandals caused and plea to anyone who has information.
Unfortunately we were subject to some vandalism on Sunday. Words fail me sometimes. Skidding motorcross bikes over greens causing huge damage, at a time where they shouldn’t even be out. If you know who they might be please get in touch with @SurreyPolice or @waltonheath_gc pic.twitter.com/O6ffrJg5LL— Sam Smitherman PGA (@S_SmithermanPGA) April 27, 2020