Vandals rip golf greens

Vandals rip golf greens
Assistant pro Glen Harrell
Assistant pro Glen Harrell

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police are looking for vandals responsible for thousands of dollars of damage on a Northwest Albany golf course.

Workers here believe the crime happened around 3:30 Saturday morning. Maintenance crews have patched up the damage, but the full repair could cost as much as $50,000.

Golfers are back to enjoying the fifth green at Doublegate Country Club, after vandals ripped up much of the surface last weekend.

Assistant pro Glen Harrell looks at the destruction today. "This is somebody else's property out here and this is for their enjoyment and recreation and they're coming out and destroying it. What good's it do?" said Assistant pro Glen Harrell.

Police have since pulled tire tracks from the green and they're tracking leads to figure out who did it.

Members are back on the course, but they've voiced displeasure. "Just how disappointed and upset and shocked they are that somebody would do something like this," said Harrell.

Each green costs as much as $80,000 and this repair work isn't final. "Our maintenance crew did a wonderful job repairing it here. It's going to take about 3, 4, 5 years for it all to heal up," said Harrell.

As for whoever did this, they won't get any leniency from the members and pro shop.

"The membership's behind us, the board of directors, every indication we have that when whoever is apprehended, we're going to go ahead and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," said Harrell.

Harrell says three other fairways were also damaged by the same people, but most of that has since been fixed.

If you see or hear anything about the vandalism, you're asked to call the Albany Police Department.

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