The property reported that four golf course flags and three practice green flags were stolen overnight, while two tee markers were “trashed,” and hundreds of holes were stabbed through the greens on six holes.
Spring Creek (Nev.) Golf Course was found to be vandalized the morning of August 11, with theft and property damage being the most pressing concern, the Elko (Nev.) Daily Free Press reported.
Superintendent Steve Abe, reported that four golf course flags and three practice green flags were stolen, totaling approximately $170. Two tee markers were “trashed,” and even more costly is the damage done to the greens on holes 13 through 18: hundreds of holes were stabbed throughout, requiring staff to spend between six and eight hours to clean up, the Daily Free Press reported.
Vandalism is not new to Spring Creek, according to Jason Jerman who is the course’s golf pro. Jerman said that the course had previously dealt with stolen flags, cars driving on the green, and an incident in which the bathrooms were lit on fire, the Daily Free Press reported.
The largest amount of property damage to date occurred in November 2014. Abe said the course places a winterizing tarp on the green when it is not in use, and one was cut in half on the 11th green—a “clean cut, like a razor blade,” the Daily Free Press reported.
The general consensus among both Jerman and Abe is that the act was possibly committed by kids. Abe guessed that in some of these cases it’s “kids getting bored at the end of the summer and looking for stuff to do,” the Daily Free Press reported.