The Syracuse, N.Y., club estimated the damage of the overnight incident based on the depth of the tire marks in eight spots on four separate holes. The club is still set to host a Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser on July 30, with 140 people expected to attend.
An overnight incident caused “significant damage” to Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse, N.Y., WSYR Channel 9 reported.
Police believe a motor vehicle ran over the grounds of the club during a period that staff members say was between midnight and 3 a.m on the morning of July 25. The damage is estimated at $10,000, due to the depth of tire marks. Club staff will have to wait for the grass to grow again, and trouble spots will need to be mended daily.
Club staff believe the person behind the wheel knew the course well, because key areas that affect play the most were hit. Eight spots at four holes were damaged. The club is set to host a Multiple Sclerosis fundraiser on July 30, with 140 people expected to attend, WSYR Channel 9 reported.
“Their expectation is when they ask us to host the event that the course be what they expect here at Bellevue. So, it may seem not so much of a bother to regular members, but that’s important to us,” said Club President Armand Cianciosi.
Added Club Superintendent Mike O’Neil: “We’ve had tees and greens and fairways that have been just totally ripped up by the vehicle doing ‘donuts’ and turning sharply. It’s a mess in spots and we’ve done all we can so far to get it resurrected.”
The club is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit, WSYR Channel 9 reported.