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A vandal driving an off-road buggy has caused tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to a popular English golf course.

Parts of the layout at Prestwich Golf Club in Greater Manchester were shredded following the incident, which took place late in the afternoon last Friday.

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that an individual was spotted performing donuts on one of the greens, before also tearing up a fairway and tee box.

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Course manager Chris Harding told the newspaper: “The damage is horrendous, it has been completely shredded. It is going to cost a hell of a lot of money to repair.”

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“The club doesn’t deserve this. There has been a good buzz about the place, but everyone is just feeling flat now. It’s heartbreaking.”

Police are investigating but have not yet made any arrests.

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Prestwich is currently in the middle of a £1m course renovation, which has been funded, in part, by a property developer Mulberry Homes. The plans include the remodelling of 11 of the existing holes, with 17 luxury homes to be built on part of the previous layout.

“A lot of time and money has gone into building the course and making sure it is ready to play on,” added Harding. “It is going to take a lot of time and effort to get us back on schedule.”

(Photo: Manchester Evening News)


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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