Nottingham

Motorbike vandals hit Notts. Golf Club again

Field near Notts. Golf Club Image copyright Notts. Golf Club
Image caption A nearby field adjacent to Notts. Golf Club was also damaged by "mindless" motorcyclists

"Mindless" motorcyclists have damaged one of Nottinghamshire's most famous golf courses for the second time in two months.

It is believed the bikes were driven onto land at Notts. Golf Club, also known as Hollinwell, on Sunday.

Staff have called for those responsible to show more "respect" to the course, which is one of the top 100 in England.

It follows land being churned up on one of the course's greens - which will cost "tens of thousands" to repair.

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Image caption Bunkers on the 10th hole were driven on as well as the fairway

Martyn Bonner, secretary manager of the club, said he felt "anger" when he heard about the "ugly scars" that had been made on the 10th fairway and bunkers, as well as neighbouring land.

"It's just frustrating they [motorcyclists] can't keep off our property," he said.

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Image caption Police have "increased patrols" around the course but have yet to make an arrest

Mr Bonner said the club had yet to recover from the damage caused to land near the 12th green in January.

The two vandalised areas of the course will not fully recover until the summer, it is estimated.

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Image caption The course, also known as Hollinwell, is ranked as one of the top 100 in England

"We could be looking at beyond £10,000 for what was two minutes of pleasure for some individuals," Mr Bonner said.

"They should have a bit of respect for people's property. A great deal of money has been invested into this golf club. It's just mindless."

Nottinghamshire Police has "increased patrols" around the course, but said no arrests had been made in connection with the damage.

Image caption The club said it annually spent "several hundred thousand pounds" to present it to a championship standard

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