Vandals strike Knoll Ridge
By ANDREA FURLONG
|A golf cart sits in one of the ponds on the Knoll Ridge Country Club golf course. The greens were found vandalized, along with five carts and several tools Sunday, June 13.|
Approximately $40,000 of damage was done to Knoll Ridge Country Club’s golf course, North English, over the weekend.
At 5:30 a.m., Sunday, June 13, it was discovered that several items of Knoll Ridge equipment had been vandalized, including the golf carts of five country club members. The unknown vandals removed five golf carts from the club’s shed and drove all over the rain-saturated greens, causing damage to the course. They then dumped the carts into ponds on the course, according to the Iowa County Sheriff’s report.
Several smaller pieces of equipment belonging to the country club were also vandalized. A lawn mower, fertilizer spreader, two fire extinguishers, two chainsaws and other tools were found inside the club’s swimming pool.
Several flag pins marking the golf holes were found broken. Also on the course was an obscenity carved into the greens and a drawing of a man’s genitalia. Knoll Ridge Country Club Manager Debbie Tippie said until this weekend, the club had never incurred severe vandalism.
“We have had vandalism before, but nothing like this, and not for several years,” she said. Tippie added the club had to cancel a tournament Sunday, due to the vandalism.
The course is expected to reopen Wednesday, June 16, weather pending.
There are no suspects at this time, but the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office found at the scene items that it believes belong to the perpetrators. These include a black and red ball cap with the word “Famous” printed on the underside and a black and white Fox brand backpack. Those with any knowledge of whom the items might belong to are asked to contact the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office at (319) 642-7307.
Knoll Ridge Country Club is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in the vandalism of the country club.
VANDALISM AT STONE CREEK
Approximately five weeks prior to the damage at Knoll Ridge, the golf course in Williamsburg fell victim to vandals.
The morning of May 8, the Williamsburg Police Department received a report of vandalism at Stone Creek Golf Club.
Graffiti was found spray painted on the sidewalk of the southeast corner of the golf course. More graffiti was found at golf holes two, three, six and seven. The club estimated the vandalism occurred between 10 p.m., May 7, and 9 a.m., May 8. There are no suspects at this time.
It is unknown whether the two cases are related.
UPDATED June 15, 2010 12:22 PM