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Dismay as wreckers target the Rookery

PUBLISHED: 11:48 20 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:40 05 July 2010

The damage done to Rookery Park

The damage done to Rookery Park

MEMBERS of one of the top golf courses in East Anglia were left counting the cost this week after mindless vandals caused damage to two of their much-loved greens.

MEMBERS of one of the top golf courses in East Anglia were left counting the cost this week after mindless vandals caused damage to two of their much-loved greens.

The club, which was still celebrating after holding one of its most prestigious events to date earlier this month, was brought crashing back to earth after the mindless act.

Golfers looking forward to an early morning round at Rookery Park, in Carlton Colville, on Monday were shocked to discover two of the greens had been cut-up by motorbike tracks. In fact, the sixth and seventh holes were both so badly damaged that emergency repairs had to take place, before the greens were roped off.

This caused considerable disruption, with members and visitors set to go head-to-head in a ladies competition that day.

“Some sort of play was possible, but everything was disrupted as emergency repairs had to take place,” said club vice-captain David Wright.

The disruption has continued for members and it is estimated that the greens will take around three months to recover.

“We have to plant new grass and give it time to grow, and all this time the green can't be played,” said Mr Wright.

The cost of the damage has been estimated as over £1,000 but the time and effort required to transform the park from second rate agricultural land into one of the top golf courses in eastern England has taken years.

The damage comes as a significant blow to the course, which staged one of its biggest ever tournaments just a week before. On Friday, June 6 it hosted the EGU South Eastern Group English Counties Championship Boys Qualifying Round.

Suffolk Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward about the incident, which happened between 5pm, on Sunday, and 7am on Monday. Anyone with any information should contact Sgt Derrick Stone on 01986 835300.

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