Vandal in all-terrain vehicle rips up Hartland golf course
Golf course greens were damaged early Saturday morning
A Hartland golf course is facing thousands of dollars in repair work after someone vandalized the greens with an off-road vehicle.
Portions of the greens and fairway at the Covered Bridge Golf and Country Club were spun up, shredded and trampled by a side-by-side vehicle around 2 a.m. Saturday.
"We got them on video camera just for a split second as they entered the property," said Wade LaPage, who runs the club's pro shop.
RCMP confirmed they are investigating the damage, which LaPage says is extensive.
"In the thousands for sure," said LaPage. "It just depends on how much effort and seed it takes to get it back. The vehicle did several doughnuts on the sixth-hole green leaving deep, muddy ruts.
"There are also several portions of the fairway that have also been heavily damaged by the vehicle."
It's likely the damage won't be fully repaired until spring, LaPage said. Until it's repaired portions of the course will remain closed.
"The crew worked on it all weekend as well, so it's disappointing," said LaPage. "They had to give up their weekend for this.
"They're back at it this morning working at it. So hopefully they can get it open, or at least open half the green for the rest of the year. But definitely that half of the green will be closed that took the most damage."
LaPage said it's unclear if more than one person was in the vehicle when it was chewing up the course, but police officers have taken imprints of the vehicle's tracks.