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The police are appealing for witnesses after one of Aberdeen’s most popular golf courses was set upon by vandals this weekend.

Officials arriving for work at Kings Links this morning discovered extensive damage to the eighth green and fairway, believed to have been carried out on Saturday night.

A post on the Golf Aberdeen Facebook page detailed the full extent of the harm caused.

“We are extremely disappointed to share that the eighth green at Kings Links Golf Course was maliciously vandalised by a vehicle being driven over the green and fairway last night,” read the post.

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“The incident is being dealt with by Police Scotland. The damaged green has been cordoned off and a temporary green has been created so that the hole is still playable. The temporary green will be improved in the next couple of days, while work begins to re-establish the green.”

Prices for pay-and-play customers are being reduced with immediate effect until such times as the improved temporary green is in place.

The group’s followers were quick to respond. One wrote: “Heartbreaking to see this.”

Another added: “Unbelievable. What a shame.”

One user even called for improved security for the public courses in the Granite City.

“All courses should be fenced and close to public once and for all. If you go the links, Ballnagask or Hazlehead you will find a bunch of morons with his dog s******g, chavs playing football or bicycling. It has to stop.”

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This is just the latest disappointment for golfers who use the Kings Links Golf Course. In summer 2020, all greens had to be re-laid after the existing surfaces were badly damaged by “the erroneous application of a strong chemical”.

The blunder left the greens increasingly bare and dry to the point that they were rendered unplayable by August 2020, with temporary greens established whilst the damage was repaired.

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