Golf Course Forced To Close After Pigs Injure Two People

The two pigs were eventually caught by police, after causing havoc at Lightcliffe Golf Club.

Pigs Shut Golf Course
(Image credit: David McKidd/PA)

With winter on the horizon, courses are facing a challenge to stay open due to the unpredictable weather conditions.

However, on Tuesday night, Lightcliffe Golf Club in West Yorkshire was forced to close due to the disturbance of two large pigs.

Club professional David Mckidd, 40, said the two black pigs were first spotted on the course on Sunday, injuring a golfer by causing cuts to his leg.

Pigs Shut Golf Course

Hogging the fairways - the two pigs at Lightcliffe Golf Club

(Image credit: David McKidd/PA)

It was then reported that the pigs returned on Tuesday, injuring a male worker who was attempting to get them off the course.

Both individuals suffered minor injuries on their legs and were treated in hospital for protection against tetanus.

So what actually happened to the pigs? Well, after damaging one of the greens by digging small holes, they were eventually caught by police on Knowle Top Road.

The club was forced to close on Tuesday night for safety reasons, but has since reopened.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x