Gympie Pines Golf Course greenkeeper Jon Love is sick and tired of having to repair the golf course because of vandalism.
Gympie Pines Golf Course greenkeeper Jon Love is sick and tired of having to repair the golf course because of vandalism. Craig Warhurst

Golf green attacked

A "GUTLESS" act of vandalism has wrecked 12 months of hard work by Jon Love, Gympie Pines' greenkeeper.

Love arrived at the golf course yesterday morning to discover the fifth green had been dug up and a large peace sign carved into its northern section.

The green had recently recovered from a vandalism attack 12 months ago when a giant penis was carved into the turf.

The act has incensed the greenkeeper, local golfers and owner Mike Towler.

Towler is so angry he has put up a $10,000 reward to try to hunt down the perpetrators.

Course manager John Towler said anyone who could give the Gympie police a key piece of information that led to an arrest would receive the $10,000.

"One thousand dollars was not enough last year," John said.

"Perhaps $10,000 will encourage the right evidence to come forward.

"We are hoping that the police will be the first to catch up with them because if it was a golfer who catches them, their safety could not be guaranteed."

Love, who lives at Coolum, said he could not believe the vandalism he had to deal with after most weekends.

He said the green would cost more than $2000 to repair and take 12 months to get back to standard.

"If I catch them I will make the front page of The Gympie Times," Love said.

"People don't understand how hard it is to look after these greens."

He said it looked like the vandals had used a spade to dig up the green and they also dumped rubbish all over the sixth tee.

"Every week someone is pinching flags, pins, cups or rakes," Love said.

"People have even done number twos in the holes.

"It is every weekend, it is ridiculous.

"What satisfaction do you get out of that?"

Love said he had spoken to other greenkeepers in other towns and this sort of thing didn't happen. "It's something about this town, I'm sorry to say."

Do you have information that could help police?

Phone Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Gympie Times


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