Shocking! Ryder Cup Venue Vandalised By Motorcyclists

Walton Heath golf club was vandalised by four motorcyclists at the weekend

Ryder Cup Venue Vandalised By Motorcyclists
(Image credit: @WaltonHeathGolfClub on Twitter)

Walton Heath golf club was vandalised by four motorcyclists at the weekend

Shocking! Ryder Cup Venue Vandalised By Motorcyclists

Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey was subjected to vandalism yesterday at the hands of four motorcyclists.

The bikers were filmed doing turns on a green before the rode away after being shouted out by onlookers.

The club said that the incident has been reported to the police.

"Unfortunately, as you may have seen, Sunday at around 18.45, we were subjected to vandalism by motorcyclists on the course," Walton Heath wrote on Twitter with a video of the shocking incident.

"This has been taken to the police who are investigating but if anyone has any info, please contact the club or @SurreyPolice. We thank you for your support."

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The club's Head Assistant Sam Smitherman posted these images below on social media including one of a badly-vandalised green.

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Michael Mann, Course Manager at Walton Heath, explained: “Some of our greenkeeping team, who were just finishing their shift at 6.30pm last night, heard the motorbikes and ran out from our buildings in time to see the bikes on the 1st fairway and green of the New Course. One of our Club Members also witnessed the incident.

“We contacted Surrey Police, who confirmed that this was criminal damage and informed us that they would be investigating the incident.

Left - The damage made by the motocyclists. Right - After greenkeepers repaired it

“The four motorcylists had performed ‘donuts’ and ‘wheelies’ on the green and fairway, causing the turf to be ripped up on the green and some superficial damage on the fairway. Thankfully, we have a turf nursery at Walton Heath and three of our team spent about five hours this morning repairing the damage by replacing the chewed-up turf and then top dressing the green.

“Thankfully, as the courses are not in use at the moment, the green should repair quickly and be playable when golf finally emerges from this lockdown.”

Justin Rose, who hosted the 2018 British Masters at Walton Heath, simply tweeted, "Can’t believe this."

Five-time European Tour winner Ross Fisher replied on Twitter saying "Seriously some people. Hope they get caught and punished. #StayAtHome #ProtectTheNHS."

This comes during the UK's Coronavirus lockdown where many clubs are open to public traffic including people like walkers and cyclists.

The 1981 Ryder Cup venue is home to two stunning heathland courses that both feature in Golf Monthly's UK and Ireland Top 100 Courses list.

Walton Heath Golf Club is home to two of the country's best heathland courses

The club has hosted US Open Final Qualifying since 2005.

Both courses were designed by Herbert Fowler.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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