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ATV damages golf greens at country club

Posted June 10, 2010

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— The golf course at Chockoyotte Country Club was damaged after someone drove an all-terrain vehicle over it late Wednesday, police and club officials said Thursday.

The damage to greens on holes 2, 4, 5, 8 and 14 was estimated at $25,000 to $30,000, Weldon Police Chief Mark Macon said. The greens might need to be re-sodded, he said.

John Simeon, president of the country club, said officials likely won't know the full extent of the damage until Monday or Tuesday after fertilizer treatments are finished.

Club members can still play on the greens until they are repaired, Simeon said.

Police asked anyone with information about the incident to call Halifax County Crime Stoppers at 252-583-4444.

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  • NCSULandscaper Jun 10, 2010

    greens are not that expensive when you think of all the work it takes to build one.........average golf green construction costs are anywhere between $50,000-100,000 for an average green at a local course......the amount of drainage, and contour work is incredible, not to mention the cost of bentgrass, amount of mowing it takes to get grass to grow at 1/16" and water necessary to keep it alive. Then the constant aeration, topdressing, fertilizers, weed control i could go on and on......so its nothing like your front yard you can believe that

  • jsc1500 Jun 10, 2010

    I agree that it is property damage, and that they should have to pay to have it repaired/replaced, but seriously.... Good Grief!! It's just GRASS!! Just like if you get a bad haircut, so what, it GROWS BACK!! Geeze! Tell you what, I'll fix it for $5,000. Deal?

  • kenshi Jun 10, 2010

    kmichael said "Yee-Haw!! I hate it for the golf course, that is a lot of damage, but I bet that was some killer 4-wheelin'"

    pffft, 4 wheeling on a golf course? Thats about as manicured a surface as you can get. If you want 4 wheeling go off road where there is some variety to the landscape and a little challenge. 4 wheeling on a golf course is like driving on the roads.

  • freedomrings Jun 10, 2010

    paginasecunda :

    Then don't live in a golf course community if you don't like it. It's a free country.

    How do you know this particular community uses fertilizers that kill *your* fish? There are plenty of safe, organic fertilizers, fungicides, and pesticides that are safe and many companies use them. The last company I worked for relied highly on organic and safe products and used bio-diesel in all their trucks and low-emissions back pack blowers. They do this because it's the right thing to do. I think you would be surprised how many companies are going green.

  • kmichael Jun 10, 2010

    Yee-Haw!! I hate it for the golf course, that is a lot of damage, but I bet that was some killer 4-wheelin'

  • IzzMad2016 Jun 10, 2010

    "awwww the members might not be able to play golf!!!! my prayers go out to thes tramatized victims"

    This is more about vandalism and damage to property, not someone not being able to play golf, don't you think?

  • cwood3 Jun 10, 2010

    Weldon is full of punks-and poorly performing schools. I wonder if there is a connection?

    Concerning those who pass judgement on golf, excuse us for enjoying the game. Golf is not cheap, but it's the only sport left where the players call their own fouls. Cheating is frowned upon -big time.

    Hope they catch the thug and make him do the repairs.

  • colliedave Jun 10, 2010

    Yes, I do. And I'm saying that a golf course green is ridiculous and wasteful. If they want to waste thousands of dollars making them look unnatural, that is their business, of course, but the whole concept seems rather useless to me.
    paginasecunda

    Another individual who fails at logic and reason. While golf may not be your game, it does employ people and add money to the economy. And why is it your business to decide how other people spend their money. As to the individual(s) who did the damege they need their posteriors caned and made to work without pay to repair the damages

  • paginasecunda Jun 10, 2010

    Oh, but the main point of this article is that some people came through and screwed it up to begin with. They should be the ones made to fix the damage. But we can't do that because it would be inhumane to make somebody sweat and do manual labor.

  • paginasecunda Jun 10, 2010

    paginasecunda, it is obvious that you do not understand the difference between a yard and a golf course green.

    Yes, I do. And I'm saying that a golf course green is ridiculous and wasteful. If they want to waste thousands of dollars making them look unnatural, that is their business, of course, but the whole concept seems rather useless to me. Not to mention the fertilizers that run off into our rivers and kill our fish - that they have no right to do.

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