Fife golf clubs targeted in crime spree

Lochgelly Golf Club Vandalised

Police Scotland is appealing for information after three different Fife golf clubs were targeted by criminals in recent weeks.

According to a report in The Courier, the tenth green at Lochgelly Golf Club had to be completely relaid after vandals set fire to tins of paint on it last week. 

Club president Derek Clark told the newspaper: "It’s just wanton destruction and extremely disappointing for club staff who have worked wonders during the coronavirus lockdown to get the course looking the best it’s ever looked.

“All local clubs operate on small margins to survive so any vandalism is ultimately a threat to the livelihood of the club as golfers will go elsewhere."

• Greenie injured after being hit by stray ball

• Sky commentator critical of Matt Wallace

• Rory calls second PGA Tour shutdown talk "silly" 

The nearby Glenrothes and Cowdenbeath golf clubs also reported multiple flags being stolen from greens at both clubs during the past week. 

For Glenrothes, the thefts came a fortnight after £5,000 worth of greenkeeping equipment and turf was stolen in two separate break-ins. Fortunately, all of the items were recovered after the club professional, Josh Anderson, found them for sale on the internet.

“The theft of flags was more of an inconvenience than a big financial cost but the specialised ball release mechanisms that we’ve introduced as a safety measure post-lockdown, were stolen too," Anderson told The Courier.

“We had to cancel competitions while the equipment was replaced and that can be bad for business.

• Ryder Cup star blasts world rankings restart

• Major champ WDs from Travelers Championship

“It’s hugely frustrating but the incidents are sadly on the rise at a time when we are seeing a surge in demand for golf as coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed.”

Lochgelly president Clark added: "Being one of the first sports to start up as we ease out of lockdown has seen a huge influx of new members but the future of many clubs could be threatened if we don’t put a stop to such mindless destruction as we’ve seen this week."

Anybody with any information about any of these incidents should call Police Scotland on the 101 non-emergency number.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
HOW TO WARM UP FOR A ROUND OF GOLF LIKE A TOUR PRO
David Law
play button
THESE TROLLEYS MAKE GOLF MORE FUN!
Stewart Golf
play button
REVIEW - Are these Cobra putters the best that money can buy?
Cobra
play button
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOURSOMES & FOURBALL… and how to play them
Foursomes
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Danielle Kang wants LPGA to ban green reading books
Padraig Harrington adds two more vice captains
Leven Gold Medal gets new sponsor in American Golf
THE BUNKERED GOLF PODCAST
World of Golf Museum reopens following redevelopment

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Good rhythm is the key to good golf
Callaway
play button
Lengthen your backswing for more power
Watch
play button
The correct ball position
Watch
play button
How to create more body turn
Callaway
See all videos right arrow