Golf Course Hit By ‘Worst Act Of Vandalism The Club Has Seen In Its 122 Years’

Tunshill Golf Club in the north-west of England has had two of its greens damaged by off-road bikers

Tyre tracks in a green at Tunshill Golf Club
Two greens at Tunshill Golf Club has been damaged by tyre tracks from off-road bikes
(Image credit: Tunshill Golf Club)

A golf club in the north-west of England has been targeted by vandals who used off-road bikes to tear up two of its greens. 

Tunshill Golf Club in Rochdale posted images to its Facebook page of the damage caused by vandals, with tyre tracks cut into the greens on the seventh and eighth holes. The latter green suffered the most damage in an act described as the worst in the club's 122-year history.

In the post, the club also appealed for help from anyone who may have footage of the incident. It wrote: “Yesterday we suffered the worst act of vandalism the club has seen in its 122 years. Several greens have had two motorbikes ridden over them causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. Two people were seen riding away from the course on motorbikes. If anybody has any dash cam or CCTV footage of them around 16.40 yesterday could you please message the club. Thank you.”

The club also confirmed to the Manchester Evening News that it has its own CCTV footage of two off-road bikes riding towards the club and would be contacting the police in due course.

Club president Ion Greenwood explained the extent of the damage to the publication. He said: "A couple of persons have ridden their off-road bikes onto the golf course through a path that has been created. They have then decided to do doughnuts on a couple of the greens. It is the seventh and eighth greens, but the eighth is the worst. We have evaluated the damage and put some remedial work down already, and we are going to contact the police at some stage."

Greenwood also said the timing of the incident coincides with its preparations for the season. He said: "We are hoping it is repairable. We are coming out of the dormant period into the grass growing period so hopefully it will all be repaired, but it will take some time. Our preparation for the season is in full swing. The course is in great nick and now this major setback."

The attack came less than four months after a similar act of vandalism at Stirling Golf Club in Scotland amid a general rise of course vandalism in recent years.

Despite the latest incident, the nine-hole course remains open.

Mike Hall
News Writer

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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