Vandals write 'Go to hell' on golf club green

Vandals used weedkiller to write chilling messages on a golf club's greens

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Mon, 5 Aug 2013

BLACKWELL GRANGE Golf Club were the victims of hate vandalism when trespassers wrote messages on their golf greens, in Darlington. 

The vandals used weedkiller to write the messages that included the words and phrases 'Go to hell', 'lust', and 'war' in a surprising attack, leaving the North-East club's members in dis-belief.

In July the club controversially moved to their current site after making a deal with the council to turn their old local authority-owned Stressholme home into executive housing.

Club secretary Doug Christie has seen no signs for any reason to vandalise the premises, stating that the current atmosphere of the club is extremely amicable.

He said: “Blackwell is a welcoming club. We are open for all to enjoy and we are not exclusive.

“All this stuff about greed could not be further from the truth. All the money we got from the deal with the council has gone back into the club, into supporting the juniors.

“Whoever has done this has their own agenda and it could not be further from the truth.”

The incident follows the vandalism of Moss Valley golf club last month while there has been an increase of attacks on Scottish golf courses in recent weeks.

Paul Gent, a member of the greens committee at Blackwell Grange, said: “It will be expensive to repair. It has spoiled the enjoyment of a lot of people.

“The damage hasn’t stopped us playing golf, but I just can’t understand it.”



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