Cleeve Hill Golf Club targeted by vandals in car doing donuts

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A struggling golf club in the outskirts of Cheltenham was targeted by vandals who drove a car across the course.

Tyre tracks were found across Cleeve Hill Golf Club green on Saturday at 8am, as if the driver had performed donut manoeuvers.

With the club hit with financial woes, general manager Joe Vaughan, 34, said this would be a further blow to the club which will be closing on March 31, 2021 due to its “financial unviability”.

The club has been forced to close as part of lockdown restrictions until December 2.

And Mr Vaughan said the damage will cost thousands of pounds to repair and the fear is the grass will not grow back again in time for reopening.

The grass affected is on the par three 10th green in the turn away from the club house.

Mr Vaughan said: “We’ve got a month to try to get the green playable.

“Our issue is going to be, as what’s widely known, as a business we’re closing up on March 31.

“There’s not a lot invested after the year that we’ve had – and even if we had unlimited resources, we’re going in to the winter where you’re not going to get the growth in the grass.

“If you’re able to put soil, top-dressing and seed down, it would take an enormous amount of time to grow back anyway.

“It couldn’t have come at a worse time to be honest, so frustrating.”

Mr Vaughan has not yet assessed the damage to the green, although he is projecting a cost of between £3,000 to £5,000 damage.

He went on to say that once the assessment had been made, they will be submitting a report to Gloucestershire police.

Last week, it was announced that Cleeve Hill Golf Club could be saved from closure as people have been invited to step-in as a new licensee and secure its long-term future.


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