Police hunt teens who torched golf course

Fereneze

Police are on the lookout for a gang of teenagers who are believed to have set fire to a Scots golf course.

Gorse bushes and foliage were set alight at Ferenze Golf Club in Barrhead at around 7pm on Saturday.

According to the Barrhead News, officers were initially called at around 4.30pm after youths gathered on the third hole, which has a dam.

After stealing a lifebelt, they later returned and set fire to an area close to the fifth green.

• Tiger Slam irons - are they real?

• Brooks Koepka slams "easy" tour setups

The incident is the latest example of anti-social behaviour at the club, which has seen groups of up to 50 young people gathering for drinking sessions.

Some are thought to have travelled to the area by train from Glasgow and East Kilbride.

Inspector Michelle Grant said: “The good weather has brought out youth disorder up at Fereneze Golf Course and we will be taking immediate action.

“We had two separate calls on Saturday from concerned members of the public. The second one came after an area next to the fifth hole was set on fire.

“We don’t want this to start becoming the norm.”

Last year some parts of the course were repeatedly set alight by groups of youths.

Police plan to step up patrols at the club, and may bring in mounted officers to combat the situation.

• DeChambeau and Pieters rules controversy

• Phil Mickelson Masters call "not his decision"

There are also plans to work with British Transport Police to target the culprits as they travel by train.

Inspector Grant added: “We want to nip this in the bud and would appeal to parents and carers to make sure they know where their children are.

“We want young people to enjoy their night safely and not to get involved in acts of criminality or anti-social behaviour. It is all about making Barrhead a safer place.”

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
Drivers
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
Ping
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
Titleist
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Nelly Korda to return at US Women's Open
Golf fans to get even more benefits ahead of 150th Open
Michelle Wie West to “step away” from LPGA
Colin Montgomerie wades into Phil Mickelson controversy
International field set for Scottish Men’s Open Championship

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
Denis Pugh says, ‘Turn, don’t slide’
Watch
play button
Swing it like Joe Miller says Denis Pugh
Watch
play button
Increase the speed of your hands for more distance
Watch
play button
Strike down on the ball for more consistency
Watch
See all videos right arrow