Greens vandalised at Deerpark club

Published 05/06/2013 | 05:36

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A damaged green at Killarney Pitch and Putt Club.

"A MINDLESS and premeditated act committed by people with too much time on their hands." That's how the voluntary committee behind Deerpark Pitch and Putt Club has described the desecration of four greens on a course that only two years ago hosted a national open championships.

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"A MINDLESS and premeditated act committed by people with too much time on their hands." That's how the voluntary committee behind Deerpark Pitch and Putt Club has described the desecration of four greens on a course that only two years ago hosted a national open championships.

Believed to have involved more than one aggressor, huge divots were gouged out of the Killarney course's 6th, 11th, 13th and 14th greens, with the reckless vandals hacking over two dozen holes into the latter.

The incident is believed to have occurred late on Wednesday evening and a stray putter found on the course was handed over to gardaí last Thursday morning.

Club Secretary and PRO Jason O'Connor says the only silver lining is that no major event had been in the immediate pipeline.

"We are lucky as our next big competition isn't until the end of June when we will host our 40th anniversary 'Danny Nolan Tournament' and the national scramble qualifiers over the same weekend," he stated.

"The worst was undoubtedly the 14th which will is likely to be out of play for the foreseeable future, while we have worked on the other three by knitting in new sod and so they will be expected to be back in action within two to three weeks."

He added that, while there are replacement holes available, the situation is far from satisfactory.

"We have 25 holes in total and there are replacements but we would consider the holes affected to be part of our championship 18," he stated.

"It's unfortunate as there had been very poor growth this year with the greens only starting to flourish in the last two weeks and so this has put us back to square one regarding those holes. We're lucky, though, that our voluntary grounds committee has a lot of experience, including a qualified green keeper," Jason continued.

As for the timing of the deed, it seems it took management a little by surprise.

"We would have club members regularly checking at weekends, particularly during the school year, but the fact that it happened on a Wednesday night caught us very much by surprise. There were a few empty drinks cans in the area and there have recently been end of school year events, so it's something we have taken into consideration," the PRO commented.

"It's the mindlessness of it that's the worst thing about it, it is premeditated. In our 40th anniversary year we are trying to attract back members so things like this just don't help," he added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station.

Kerryman

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