It’s not rabbits. Vandals have damaged the Omaha course with holes.
The person who hacked chunks out of the ground on the chipping green at Omaha Golf Club is being urged to come forward and fess up.
NZPGA professional golfer and coach Hamish Grant says the club will offer amnesty to the culprit in exchange for voluntary assistance to greenkeepers to repair the damage.
“If they’ve thought about it, learned a lesson, and did some volunteer work in their school holidays, that would be a good outcome,” he says.
He says the club has spent thousands of dollars preparing the greens for the season and it will take months for greenkeepers to remove the damaged grass, sand and reseed it.
The golf course has also had its fair share of banksy-inspired graffiti.
“We laugh it off. I’ve done these sorts of things when I was younger, but it’s concerning to have groups of kids walking around stealing golf flags.”
He is also concerned children wandering on to the greens may get hit by a ball.
The club has tolerated local residents jumping over the fence and hitting a ball around for free without paying green fees, but Hamish says vandalism makes it an issue.
The Omaha Golf Course is a community-driven facility that is kept open through sponsorship, fundraising and membership fees.
For those interested in taking up the sport, the club is home to five NZPGA professionals who offer coaching.